Plankton Biologist

Date: 2 Feb 2024

Location: Hobart, TAS, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Join an established research team building the datasets to explore the impacts of climate change on marine systems
  • Key role for an early career Plankton Biologist 
  • Work with CSIRO Environment and make a difference!

The role of Research Projects staff in CSIRO is to collaborate in scientific and technological activities with other research staff usually by assisting with detailed planning, undertaking or assisting with experimental, observational or technology development work, and in carrying out the more practical aspects of the work.
As a Plankton Biologist within the Long-Term Ecosystem Dynamics team, you will work within a team of Plankton Ecologists to sort and identify plankton samples. 
In this role, you will need to be able to identify both phytoplankton and zooplankton specimens to the lowest taxa possible and then collate these results accurately into a central database. You will also provide assistance with running a laboratory and maintaining plankton sampling equipment. You may be required to do field work and go to sea as part of the sampling process.

Your duties will include:


•    Perform lab analyses using a microscope to identify, sort and count phytoplankton and zooplankton to the lowest taxon possible.
•    Assist with the logistics for running a plankton survey.
•    Assist with the preparation of reports and scientific papers associated with the project, including conducting literature reviews.
•    Provide plankton identification training and support to less experienced staff and provide guidance on techniques and protocols and analyse data as required.
•    Work collaboratively with colleagues within your team, the business unit and across CSIRO, to reach objectives.
•    Other duties as directed.

Location:  Hobart or Brisbane
Salary:  AU$89,680 - $ 101,459 per annum (pro-rata for part-time)
plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite /Full-time
Reference:  95604



To be considered you will need:


Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.
•    An Honours or MSc degree in marine biology or equivalent.
•    The ability to identify marine zooplankton and/or phytoplankton using light microscopy and to accurately enter information into a database.
•    The ability to contribute to reports and scientific papers resulting from the project.
•    The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out tasks under general direction from Scientific Researchers.
•    The ability and willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches in support of scientific investigations.
•    The ability to assist with field sampling for plankton from a small boat.

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


Applications for this position are open to all candidates.

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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

Monday 4th March 2024,11:00 pm AEDT