Molecular Biologists


Location: Canberra

Job Type: Full time


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The Opportunity

  • Are you an expert in Molecular/Synthetic Biology?
  • Work with developers and expert users of advanced computational tools to design bespoke, engineered biological solutions to global scale problems
  • Great opportunity to join Australia’s national science and innovation agency!

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.

The field of engineering biology has advanced rapidly in the last 5 years both in Australia and globally.

At CSIRO in the Advanced Engineering Biology Future Science Platform (AEB FSP), we are focused on transformational science and capability development. As a result, we are very forward looking with a keen eye on what the future might look like in 5 to 15 years’ time in this fast-paced science domain.

This position will reside in the Data-Driven Molecular Design Theme of the AEB FSP. In this Theme, we are developers and expert users of advanced computational tools for designing bespoke, engineered biological solutions to global-scale problems in agriculture, health, environment and biomanufacturing.

Your duties will include:

  • Design of vectors for protein expression and purification of proteins, development of enzyme assays, biophysical characterisation of proteins, and other laboratory work relating to engineering biology.
  • Develop expertise in new protein characterisation methods as required.
  • Under general direction, contribute to research and/or technology through the development of original and adapted experimental methods, equipment or software.
  • Participate in planning projects and accept responsibility for scheduling and completion of major parts of the project.
  • Make significant contributions to the interpretation and communication of research or technological results.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.
  • Other duties as directed.

Location: Canberra, ACT

Salary: AU$89,680 - AU$101,459 per annum (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years, Full-time

Reference: 93908

To be considered you will need:

Please specifically address the Selection Criteria in writing and append to the end of your Cover Letter.


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

  • A Bachelor's degree with experience, or a Master's or PhD in Molecular Biology/Biotechnology/Synthetic Biology.
  • Proficiency in PC2 molecular biology lab techniques, such as transformations, protein expression and purification, PCR, electrophoresis, biochemical assay development, the ability to troubleshoot protein expression problems and general problem-solving skills.
  • Proficiency in the design and construction of expression vectors for use in heterologous expression organisms such as E. coli and/or yeast.
  • Experience in statistical analysis and interpretation of experimental results. Familiarity with software tools like Excel, Prism, Python/R for statistical analysis, or bioinformatics tools.
  • Excellent workplace skills, including maintaining a sterile and tidy work area, attention to detail and a strong record and attitude towards safety.
  • The ability to work as part of a cohesive, multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Experience with analytical techniques such as NMR, HPLC, LCMS and/or GCMS.

  • Experience working with filamentous fungal cultures.

For full details about this role please view the position description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, or Australian Temporary Residents, with an existing valid visa and unrestricted work rights for the duration of the three year term, and no requirement for visa sponsorship from CSIRO.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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.

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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. (We strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail and attach it to your cover letter as one document).

Applications Close

Tuesday 17th October 2023, 11:00 pm AEST

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