Research Project Officer in Tissue Culture

Date: 10 Jul 2024

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity


  • Join a small group of motivated researchers
  • Be a valued member of the Wheat Transformation Unit within CSIRO Agriculture and Food
  • Create a dynamic career path in this exciting role


CSIRO is one of the world’s largest and most successful publicly funded research and development organisations. We are committed to outcome-focused research that will generate economic, environmental, and social benefits. We maximise the impact we deliver for the Australia by focusing on solving its greatest challenges. As Australia’s national science and engineering agency our innovation and excellence places us in the top ten applied research agencies in the world. We’re the people behind Wi-Fi, soft contact lenses and the Hendra virus vaccine – and we’re Australia’s leading patent holder.


As the Tissue Culture Technician, you will be part of CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food Business Unit, joining the Wheat Transformation Unit. In this position you will work on producing transgenic wheat plants for CSIRO research projects. This role is primarily tissue culture, and glasshouse activities, and you will work side-by-side with experienced team members and receive training as required.

Your duties will include:

  • Undertake and complete tissue culture tasks under technical direction to meet experiment and/or project demands.
  • Maintain wheat and barley plants in glasshouse and growth cabinets at a meticulous standard.
  • Maintain accurate experimental records.
  • Present results in written and oral communications with the team.
  • Maintain confidentiality when working with commercially sensitive information.
  • Communicate openly, effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location:  Black Mountain, ACT

Salary:  $70k to $90k pa + up to 15.4% super

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  96920

To be considered you will need:



Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • Relevant degree or equivalent relevant work experience in Biology or Science.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of plant science, tissue culture and plant propagation.
  • Good oral and written communication skills coupled with the demonstrated ability to maintain accurate records.
  • The ability to work collaboratively within a team to achieve results.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities whilst meeting tight time frames and organisational goals.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to learn new laboratory skills and techniques.



  • Experience in cereal tissue culture.
  • Experience in Agrobacterium-mediated transformation.
  • Experience in maintaining and propagating plants in the glasshouse.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications to this position are open to Australian/ New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and Australian Temporary Residents who hold a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term without the requirement of sponsorship by CSIRO.

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. 


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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

24 July 2024, 11:00pm AEST