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Research Projects Officer


Location: Hobart

Job Type: Full time


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

  • Collaborate in scientific and technological activities
  • Work in a supportive team of researchers
  • Join Australia’s National Science and Innovation Agency!

CSIRO’s Environment Business Unit brings together our capabilities in marine, atmospheric, water and terrestrial environment disciplines, as well as significant social and economic research, to align and support the nation in creating a better and more sustainable future.
The Research Project Officer role sits in the Predator Populations Team of the Sustainable Marine Futures (SMF) Program. You will contribute to studies involving molecular genetic analysis of both domestic and international marine and aquatic fish species populations of research interest, with a focus on leading the technical laboratory support for genetic monitoring programs of regionally and globally significant fisheries.

Your duties will include:

Your duties will include:

  • Extracting and purifying total nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) from animal tissues using manual and robotic methods.
  • Performing PCR amplification of genomic RNA and DNA.
  • Analysing genomic RNA and DNA quality.
  • Carrying out population genetic analyses using state-of-the-art software packages.
  • Contributing to scientific publications.

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary: AU$68,148k – AU$86,733k per annum (pro-rata if part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 91024

To be considered you will need:

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

1. Relevant honours degree or equivalent work experience in a molecular genetics laboratory.
2. Experience in RNA and DNA extraction and purification.
3. Experience using robotic platforms for both liquid handling and nucleic acid extraction.
4. Experience applying PCR techniques (single/multi plex reactions) and isothermal amplification methods.
5. Experience analysing of Diversity Array Technology (DArT) genotype data using R and generating reports on identification of genetic markers correlated with specific population attributes.
6. Experience with multiplex DNA microsatellite PCR and analysis of resultant data.
7. Experience undertaking remote/at sea fieldwork to collect tissue samples.

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


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.

Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check and pre-employment medical examination prior to commencement.

This role has child safety obligations. Accordingly, the successful candidate will be required to obtain or provide evidence that they hold a working with children check prior to confirmation of appointment.

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.

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

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

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.

We will be assessing applications as they are received, so don’t delay, apply now!

Applications Close

30 January 2023, 11:00 pm AEST