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Synthetic Organic Bioconjugation Chemist

Date: 18-Jan-2022

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • Experienced in chemistry and manufacturing bioactive small molecules?
  • Great company culture and team environment
  • Contribute to CSIRO's Bioconjugation Manufacturing Research Team today!



CSIRO’s Manufacturing Business Unit brings together multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering capabilities using world-class infrastructure to partner with industry in order to develop innovative products and processes to allow Australian manufacturers to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable. The Biomedical Manufacturing Research Program works with biomedical companies to deliver new medical treatments and technologies that benefit millions of people in Australia and overseas, helping them live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.


As part of the Bioconjugation Chemistry Team in the Manufacturing Business Unit, the Synthetic Organic Bioconjugation Chemist will contribute to chemistry projects that may involve; a) polymer chemistry, b) manufacturing of bioactive small molecules and c) simple protein chemistry and protein purification.
The role will involve applying organic chemistry knowledge towards the solution of problems relating to the isolation, identification, synthesis, and purification of organic compounds. The role will also include applying organic chemistry knowledge to develop skills in polymer and protein chemistry techniques (bioconjugation chemistry).

Your duties will include:

  • Under limited supervision, designing and performing straightforward experiments and routine laboratory analyses, designing new processes or apparatus by adapting existing techniques and components to meet special circumstances or undertaking modifications to methods requiring some innovation.
  • Planning, proposing and performing chemical reactions to known and novel, small molecule, monomer, polymer and protein chemistry targets. 
  • Monitoring and analysing chemical reactions using chromatographic techniques, such as TLC, HPLC, SEC and LCMS.
  • Preparing and purifying compounds using chromatographic techniques such as column chromatography, SEC and HPLC. 
  • Elucidating the purity and structure of organic compounds using techniques such as NMR, MS, HPLC.



Location: Clayton, VIC

Salary: AU$66k - AU$84k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 80341

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in chemistry.
  • Demonstrated ability in synthetic chemistry techniques and a sound theoretical knowledge of organic chemistry.
  • Experience in chromatographic techniques, such as HPLC, column chromatography, SEC, coupled with experience in the elucidation of organic structures using techniques such as NMR and MS.
  • Knowledge or experience with protein chemistry and knowledge around appropriate purification techniques for proteins.
  • 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 and to manage a number of competing priorities.


If you feel like you have some of the above skills and expertise please apply!


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be appointed to this position you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or an Australian permanent resident currently residing in Australia.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent and may be subject to other security/medical/character check requirements. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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

Sunday 6 February 2022, 11:00pm AEDT