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Research Technician in Entomology

Date: 06-Jan-2022

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​Have you conducted experiments with insect herbivores & plants?
  • Contribute to developing biological control agents for weeds
  • Join CSIRO Health and Biosecurity and make a difference!


This position offers an exciting opportunity for a Research Technician – Entomology to join the USDA ARS ABCL team of the Health and Biosecurity Business Unit of CSIRO. This multidisciplinary, multi-location team undertakes research to identify, test, deploy and evaluate biological control agents for weeds of agricultural and/or natural ecosystems. 

As the successful candidate, you will support research into developing new biological control agents for weeds for a number of countries including the United States and Australia. You will use your experience to conduct laboratory-, glasshouse-, quarantine- and field-based research support activities that are critical to the efficiency with which we are able to deliver on externally funded projects. In addition, you will be adaptable as you will be working across multiple projects with multiple supervisors. The role may involve extended periods of travel for fieldwork in Australia and/or overseas.

If you have undertaken lab or field-based experiments with insect herbivores and plants, then read on!

Your duties will include:

  • Providing scientific and technical input into research on plant-insect interactions to develop biological control agents for important weeds in the United States, Australia and internationally. 
  • Participating in laboratory-, glasshouse-, quarantine- and field-based experimental work by implementing agreed protocols, identifying areas for improvement and proposing/developing solutions. 
  • Collecting and processing experimental data with a high level of care on an ongoing basis and producing reports for supervisor(s).
  • Assisting in the repair/maintenance/care of research equipment.
  • Developing and maintaining skills in weeds and plant-insect interactions relevant to weed biological control.


Location: Brisbane (Dutton Park) QLD

Salary: AU$66k - AU$84k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years 

Reference: 80526

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant degree or equivalent relevant work experience in science or related field. 
  • Hands-on ability to conduct laboratory and/or field-based experiments with insect herbivores and plants.
  • Good communication skills including the demonstrated ability to collect and collate results to provide to supervisors. 
  • Well-developed computing skills in using Microsoft Office, Word and Excel.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work in a team environment, utilise resources effectively, meet deadlines, and adapt to a dynamic work environment while maintaining work quality and performance.
  • To be able to undertake, or learn, basic analyses of data in relation to experiments, and to interpret and report results to supervisors. 
  • A current driver's licence and to be willing and able to undertake fieldwork/travel across a range of ecosystems including remote locations and overseas for up to two weeks at a time.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be an Australian Citizen. The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Baseline level.

Appointment to this role may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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

2 February 2022, 11:00 pm AEDT