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Principal Research Scientist (Applied Breeder)

Date: 19-May-2021

Location: Hobart, TAS, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • Innovate & advance commercial aquaculture breeding programs
  • Develop & apply advanced quantitative genetics & genomic selection methods to accelerate genetic gain
  • Excellent flexibility and work life balance


CSIRO’s Agriculture Business Unit is currently recruiting a Principal Research Scientist to join the Aquaculture Applied Breeding team which operates a portfolio of commercial breeding programs and associated research projects. Our focus is across multiple species of finfish, molluscs and crustaceans with clients and collaborators located both in Australia and internationally. The team works at the interface of quantitative genetics, genomics, data systems and applied breeding to support the development of a strong and thriving aquaculture sector.


The successful applicant will identify, develop and incorporate advanced and new technologies or methodologies into commercial breeding operations, and will engage clients, lead research activities, and operate within an applied breeding team consisting of quantitative geneticists, aquaculture biologists, and database and software developers.

Your duties will include:

  • In collaboration with colleagues, use research and/or industry experience to formulate, develop and implement applied breeding programs and research.
  • Thrive in a working environment characterised by commercial delivery and impact through applied science.
  • Anticipate and identify research-based solutions to address industry needs through client liaison.
  • As a hands-on practitioner in quantitative genetics, analyse large genotype, phenotype, and pedigree datasets to inform applied breeding decisions.
  • Lead and supervise staff to ensure the delivery of applied breeding program outcomes in accordance with agreed timeframes and budget, while providing broader scientific leadership in applied breeding.
  • Participate in CSIRO leadership pathways with the opportunity to assume future leadership roles.


Location: Hobart, TAS

Salary: AU$139k – AU$153k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 71069 

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in quantitative or statistical genetics, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with deploying advanced genetic technologies and the implementation of genomic selection within applied breeding programs.
  • An internationally recognised track record in the field of applied breeding with the ability to engage industry and prospective clients interested in the design, implementation, and continual improvement of selective breeding programs.
  • A proven track record delivering to, or working within, commercial breeding activities.
  • Experience or familiarity with aquaculture breeding, and scientific leadership in genomic selection and a proven record in leading research activities is desirable.
  • Experience working with software developers to design or enhance data management systems and their application to deliver applied breeding programs is also desirable.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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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

20 June 2021, 11:00pm AEST