Research Projects Officer - Insectary (Identified-Indigenous)

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Geelong, Australia

Job posting number: #7092432 (Ref:cj_80181)

Posted: January 18, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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


  • Exciting opportunity to join the Health & Biosecurity (H&B) Research Team, partnering with The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness  
  • Collaborate in scientific and technological activities with other research staff
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!


The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACPD) helps protect Australia’s multi-billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries, and the general public, from emerging infectious disease threats. It is a high-containment facility designed to allow scientific research into the most dangerous infectious agents in the world.

As the Research Projects Officer- Insectary with the ACDP, you will work in a microbiologically secure laboratory (PC2 & 3) as part of a multi-disciplinary research team with responsibilities and outputs supporting and delivering quality assured research of mosquitos and other arthropod colonies In addition to laboratory-based work, you will also be involved in field work that support the delivery of ACDP’s research objectives.

Your duties will include:

  • Maintain mosquito and other arthropod colonies, as required, and support research projects in the insectary.
  • Assist in maintaining various regulatory compliance of the laboratory area.
  • Maintain required paperwork for traceability and records for research purpose.
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed research team, to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO scientific objectives.


Location: ACDP, Geelong, VIC (Wadawurrung Country)

Salary: AU$ $49k - AU$63k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 2 years 

Reference: 80181

To be considered you will need:

  • Knowledge, education or work experience in science related fields such as biological science, biotechnology or related disciplines and/or demonstrated experience working in a laboratory environment.
  • Demonstrated record of technical competence in laboratory assays and techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and co-operatively as a member of a larger project team, and to form and maintain effective and respectful relationships with a range of colleagues and collaborators.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and schedule laboratory workflow in a timely and technically sound manner.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


CSIRO considers the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). 

The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Citizenship. The successful applicant will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

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

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

6 February 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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