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Research Scientist & Leader of Environment Bioanalytical Facility

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
AU105k – AU142k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Closing date
Jul 2, 2023

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Biogeosciences, Ocean Science
Career Level
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type
Non-Government Organization/Non-Profit

Job Details

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

  • ​​​​​​Experience in biological oceanography, algal biotechnology or marine optics
  • Analytical instrumentation experience in HPLC/UPLC and managing a facility
  • Full-time opportunity in a cohesive team with access to flexible working arrangements

CSIRO Environment integrates our main environmental research capability to strengthen our ability to address the complex and interrelated environmental issues facing Australia. 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.

As a Research Scientist - Bio-analytical Facility Manager you will manage the Bio-analytical Facility based at the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere’s Hobart site, analysing a wide variety of samples for parameters used in the research and working very closely with both internal and external clients in the development of novel analytical techniques and methods, as well as project opportunities.

What is so exciting about this opportunity? You’ll have the opportunity to work with some of the reputed scientists of Australia in a facility that is recognised as the leading bio-optical laboratory in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere and one of the leading laboratories internationally. It has the only validated HPLC method for pigment analysis in Australia. If you have experience in analytical chemistry techniques in biological oceanography, algal biotechnology or marine optics and would like to grow your career in the field of bio-optics and biogeochemical quantification in aquatic and marine ecosystems then do not hesitate to apply.

Your duties will include:

  • Managing the Bio-analytical Facility such as prepping contracts for external clients, management of project milestones, sample collation and analysis, reporting results, and invoicing for work completed.
  • Managing the biosecurity requirements attached to the facility for O&A, so that Biosecurity accreditation is retained including in-house training for staff who access the BC2 lab and completion of audits by DAWR on an annual basis.
  • Analysing of samples for pigment composition and concentration by HPLC and samples for phycocyanin and phycoerythrin concentration by spectrofluorimetry.
  • Determining of the absorption coefficients of particulate and dissolved fractions of the water column by spectrophotometric methods and other specifics using flow cytometry
  • Participating in fieldwork on both small and large vessels.
  • Developing new methods for pigment and toxin analyses using UPLC and HPLC.
  • Managing your support Laboratory Technician.
  • Producing high-quality scientific and technical reports, journal articles, conference papers and presentations suitable for publication in quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences.

Location: Hobart, Tasmania

Salary: AU105k – AU142k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite / Full-time

Reference: 92173

* This pay range is inclusive of both CSOF5 and CSOF6 pay levels and applications are invited across two capability levels. The successful candidate will be appointed at a level that is commensurate with their skills and experience - see the position description for further details.

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience based on analytical chemistry techniques in biological oceanography, algal biotechnology or marine optics
  • Demonstrated experience with and maintenance of analytical instrumentation such as HPLC/UPLC, scanning spectrophotometers and spectrofluorometers and flow cytometers.
  • Demonstrated experience with the analysis of more than one of the following analyses – pigment concentration and composition, including the phycobiliproteins; absorption coefficients of particulate and dissolved fractions of a water sample; flow cytometry.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and collaborate as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary research environment.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to publish research results, prepare reports and present the results of scientific investigations at national and international conferences and stakeholder meetings.
  • A solid record of publication in quality, peer-reviewed journals.

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


Applications for this position are open to all including Australian/New Zealand Citizens; Australian Permanent Residents and/or Australian Temporary Residents as well as overseas applicants. Sponsorship may be provided by CSIRO to the eligible candidate if required.

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

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

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How to Apply

Use the APPLY button and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

2, July 2023, 11:00pm AEST


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