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Diagnostic Technician

Date: 07-Jun-2019

Location: Geelong, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity
  • Immerse Yourself in an Inclusive Culture
  • Use your Skills and Make an Impact on CSIROs Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's Premier Science and Technology Research Organisation


The Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response Program at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) provides diagnostic and research capability required to investigate and respond to newly emerging diseases affecting livestock and other animals. The Diagnostic Technician will work within the Diagnostic Virology team, which is a part of the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response program. The role will encompass several aspects of diagnostic virology, with a primary focus on performing classical virology-based diagnostic assays involving virus isolation or antigen detection. The position may also be required to provide additional assistance to other diagnostic teams within the program, as required. This will enable the successful appointee to become multi-skilled in a range of scientific specialties and be well equipped to respond to urgent changes in diagnostic requirements during disease outbreaks.


The position will work in high biocontainment laboratories and contribute to the delivery of outputs across a range of quality assured laboratory diagnostic services. This will primarily involve performing routine diagnostic testing and other associated laboratory housekeeping activities.


The appointee must be able to meet AAHL’s microbiological security and security assessment requirements.

Your duties will include


  • Working within PC3 laboratories to perform diagnostic virology testing under NATA/ISO 17025 accreditation for routine and emergency disease investigation, for commercial clients, and for Reference Laboratory activities.
  • Providing general laboratory support for house-keeping and maintenance activities.
  • Producing diagnostic reagents for in-house use and provision to external clients.
  • Contributing to QA requirements, including reporting and authorizing tests, maintaining up-to-date and accurate test records, annual updates of Standard Operating Procedures and proficiency testing.
  • Assisting the team leader, veterinary investigation team and line managers by providing oral and written advice upon request.
  • Contributing to the effective functioning of the Diagnostic Virology team and other diagnostic teams in the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response program, to meet Annual Performance Goals and other objectives as advised by line management.


Location: Geelong, VIC

Salary: AU$63k - AU$80k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 61798


To be successful you will need


  • A relevant Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree or relevant experience in Biological Sciences or a related discipline.
  • High level experience in conducting and coordinating laboratory-based viral diagnostic tests.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and schedule laboratory work flow and address underlying issues of complex and ill-defined problems in a timely and technically sound manner.
  • Previous experience working both independently and co-operatively as a member of a larger project team and to form and maintain effective and respectful relationships with a range of colleagues and collaborators.
  • High level interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills including the ability to document results and communicate effectively with colleagues and clients in order to meet project goals and timelines.
  • To currently hold or have the ability to hold an Australian Government security clearance at the Negative Vetting 1 level.


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




CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

Flexible Working Arrangements


We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance



At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

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To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close


23:00 AEST 30th June 2019

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