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Genomic and Molecular Research Project Officer

Date: 21-Jan-2022

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity



  • Bring your molecular biology application and understanding of genomics to practical use!
  • Work with world-class science, engineering and digital research teams!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's leading scientific research organisation!


CSIRO's Health & Biosecurity Business (H&B) Unit addresses the complexity and interdependencies of human, animal and environmental health and biosecurity challenges across Australia and the world. H&B's portfolio of work drives impact through three key impact areas: Increasing Australia’s preparedness and responsiveness to health and biosecurity threats; accelerating the technologically and digitally driven transformation of Australia’s healthcare and biosecurity systems, and improving the health and wellbeing of all Australians. The Biosecurity Program in CSIRO H&B works to mobilise science and technology to support preparedness and response to biosecurity risks to agriculture and the environment.

The Genomics and Molecular research project officer contribute to the biological transformation of biosecurity led by the Pest Genomics and the Biosecurity Program. If you have a strong background in molecular biology application with an interest in computational research, then this role is for you!

Your duties will include:

  • Performing wet-lab experiments and following established high throughput sequencing protocols.
  • Conducting routine laboratory analysis and operating existing data record-keeping in the system.
  • Reviewing scientific literature, conducting investigations and inspections in the lab as required.
  • Performing analysis using R/ Python or Galaxy and support troubleshooting with minimal supervision
  • Maintaining laboratory equipment and consumables and support researchers to meet project milestone.


Location: Canberra, Black Mountain ACT

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

Tenure: Specified term of up to two years

Reference: 79830

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in molecular biology or related field.
  • Demonstrated skills in DNA/RNA extraction, NGS library preparation (for DNA and RNAseq), PCR and Sanger sequencing reaction preparation, qPCR and primer design with wet-lab PC2 laboratory skills.
  • Knowledge in R and Unix, or interest in leveraging Galaxy bioinformatics workflow is desirable but not mandatory as training will be provided.
  • Eagerness to learn new protocols and proven ability to integrate into existing wet-lab workflows.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to coordinate with researchers and other internal stakeholders.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open:

  • Australian/ New Zealand citizens,
  • Australian permanent residents, or
  • Australian Temporary Residents residing in Australia with a valid working visa at least until the end of April 2024 (without the requirement of sponsorship from CSIRO)

Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check and 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

30 January 2022, 11:00pm AEDT