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Laboratory Traineeship (Identified Role - Indigenous)

Date: 29-Sep-2021

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation.

The Opportunity


  • Learn while you earn
  • Achieve a Nationally Accredited Qualification
  • Start building a career in a supportive organisation today!


We are looking for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who want to gain a Nationally Accredited Qualification whilst undertaking on-the-job training. 

The Trainee will join the Animal Nutrition team within CSIRO Agriculture and Food. This team has a major focus on improving diets for species of fish, crustaceans and other organisms grown in aquaculture. The Traineeship program will provide the successful candidate with on-the-job training in a wide variety of analytical techniques while working as part of a supportive and experienced team within the aquaculture program laboratory. 

As a Laboratory Trainee, you will receive hands-on training under the supervision of an experienced and supportive team. Your role will involve routinely measuring basic parameters of nutrition, such as fat, protein and ash composition.  You will also gain experience in more advanced techniques such as analysis of minerals and amino acids.  In completing these tasks, you will learn a variety of analytical techniques and associated instruments. A focus of your learning will be how to work in a laboratory in a safe manner, including safely using chemicals and to follow standard operating procedures and other safety guidelines.  There will also be emphasis on experimental rigour, to conduct assays accurately, to produce repeatable results and to maintain good laboratory records.  

Over the course of the traineeship, the successful candidate will be provided with adequate time within work hours to complete a Nationally Accredited Qualification relative to the position and encouraged to participate in CSIRO’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network as well as attend business unit specific activities. Upon successful completion of CSIRO Agriculture and Food Laboratory Traineeship program the trainee may be considered for further employment with CSIRO subject to the availability of suitable positions.

Your duties will include:


  • Under general supervision undertake tasks such as, dissecting tissues from fish and prawns; grinding and weighing samples; and undertaking analytical tests.
  • Keep accurate records, undertake basic data analysis and assist with the preparation of standardised reports.
  • Perform general housekeeping duties in the lab.  
  • Participate in the components of the training package and complete all requirements of the prescribed Nationally Accredited Qualification.


Location:  St Lucia, QLD

Salary: starting salary of AU$24,288 to AU$26,041 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Duration: Specified term of approximatley 18 months depending on course of study

Reference:  76298

To be considered you will need:


  • Ability and willingness to learn and undertake a Nationally Accredited Qualification while balancing work priorities.
  • Ability to use a computer and associated software packages, especially the Microsoft Office suite including Word, Outlook and Excel and an interest in increasing computer skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly follow instructions when working independently and in a team.


For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description


CSIRO considers the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). 


The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Citizenship. The successful applicant will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check and is required to provide contact details of at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Referee.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

25 October 2021, 11:00pm AEDT