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Principal Research Scientist - Precision Fermentation for Food Ingredients and Products

Date: 15-Jul-2022

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Lead innovative research and development in precision fermentation
  • Make an impact in the future of sustainable agriculture
  • Join CSIRO Agriculture and Food and make a difference!

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is one of the world’s largest and most successful publicly funded research and development organisations that delivers world-class science and outcome-focused research that generates economic, environmental, and social benefits for Australia in a global context.
Agriculture and Food (A&F) is CSIRO’s largest research business unit (BU).  We apply world class multidisciplinary science, technology and facilities, IP and global networks across the value chain to create healthier, trusted, safer and more sustainable food and fibre for the future. 
CSIRO Agriculture and food are seeking to appoint a Principal Research Scientist (PRS) to lead the area of precision fermentation. This role will lead a portfolio of innovative research and development projects that aim to grow the Australian agrifood industry and provide an additional pathway for securing the future food supply.


Your duties will include:

•    Lead a portfolio of projects in precision fermentation including identifying a credible route to impact and leading to multiple investment solutions 
•    Lead, build and manage growth in investment and impact delivery for the Australian and global Agrifood Industry through agrifood science and technology.
•    Lead and supervise staff to ensure that research and innovation is conducted professionally, projects are delivered utilising agile delivery methods, completed within the agreed timeframes and budget
•    Build strategic relationships with universities and research institutes to deliver research that underpins CSIRO Agriculture and Food strategy and contribute to a national innovation ecosystem  
•    Assist with the development and management of key infrastructure at the Werribee and Black Mountain sites
•    Develop strategic relationships with industry and State and Federal Government Agencies supporting Australia’s food industry and food innovation
•    Communicate research results to clients and the scientific community through oral and written reports, which may include the preparation of documents for patent applications.
•    Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, research team to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.
•    Other duties as directed.


Locations: Canberra or Melbourne.

Salary: AU$141,949 – AU$157,055  plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  86047


To be considered you will need:

Selection Criteria

•    A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) and at least five years experience of R&D  in a commercial or equivalent environment in a relevant field related to the precision fermentation area.
•    Established reputation and credibility in leading relevant science and/or commercial development  with evidence of effective world-class science, research and/or translation and innovation leadership.
•    Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
•    A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
•    Demonstrated ability to attract, retain, empower and develop world class talent and to promote wellbeing, safety and foster creativity in inclusive and diverse multidisciplinary and locally dispersed teams across organizational structures of up to 20 staff.
•    Demonstrated ability to lead individual projects and broader R&D portfolios  at scale and/or complexity and manage financial and project performance.

•    Experienced in precision fermentation for production of food ingredients. 
•    Experience in fermentation process development and scale up. 
•    Experience/exposure/involvement with SMEs or early start-up companies in the precision fermentation area.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian/ New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa (sponsorship may be provided to eligible candidates).
The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.


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

Wednesday 24th August 2022, 11:00 pm AEST