Bioinformatics Research Scientist for Plant Health

    Bioinformatics Research Scientist for Plant Health at CSIRO

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    Job Title: Bioinformatics Research Scientist for Plant Health

    Date: 23 Jan 2024

    Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

    Company: CSIRO

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    The Opportunity

    • Identify and develop innovative molecular diagnostic biomarkers and platforms
    • Join the Plant Health Molecular Diagnostic team based in Canberra, ACT
    • Opportunity to enhance your career in a truly supportive and flexible environment

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    CSIRO’s Health and Biosecurity Business Unit is dedicated to conducting scientific research that develops products and services to address the complexity and interdependencies of human, animal and environmental health and biosecurity challenges to provide benefits to Australia and the world.

    As a Bioinformatics Research Scientist, you will join a multidisciplinary team that identifies and develops innovative molecular diagnostic biomarkers and platforms that identify pests and pathogens which pose a biosecurity threat to Australia’s agriculture and natural environment. As part of the Plant Health Molecular Diagnostic team, you will adapt in-house bioinformatic workflows, develop novel bioinformatic methodologies and pipelines, to identify informative biomarkers for plant diseases caused by pathogens and pests.

    Your duties will include:

    • Adapt in-house bioinformatic pipelines to a plant health context using appropriate bioinformatic and programming expertise.
    • Liaise with collaborating bioinformaticians across the business unit and organisation to develop and adapt bioinformatic pipelines specific for plant health diagnostics.
    • Develop tools for automation of bioinformatic data analysis, interpretations, and visualisation.
    • Collaborate with colleagues to publish high impact scientific journal articles.
    • In collaboration with researchers in the team, assist in the planning, preparation, and submission of research funding proposals which address the needs of Australian biosecurity and plant health stakeholders.
    • Undertake original, creative, and innovative bioinformatic research.
    • Participate in identification of further opportunities which arise from research and initiate new lines of research.
    • Other duties as directed.

    Location: Canberra, ACT preferred, other locations negotiable

    Salary:  AU$105k to AU$114k pa + up to 15.4% super

    Tenure:  Specified Term of 3 years

    Reference:  91891

    To be considered you will need:


    • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as bioinformatics, plant pathology, molecular biology, or microbiology.
    • Demonstrated experience and high proficiency in one or more coding language (e.g. Python or R).
    • Demonstrated experience in the analyses and interpretation of next generation sequence data and analysis of large, complex DNA and / or RNA sequence datasets.
    • Previous experience of developing and optimising bioinformatic workflows and pipelines for genomic and transcriptomic data analysis.
    • Familiarity with High Performance Computing (HPC) and command line tools.
    • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative, and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
    • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.


    • Experience with bioinformatics as it pertains to plant pathology and plant health.
    • Experience in microRNA research.

    For full details about this role please review the Position Description


    Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. 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

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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.

    Applications Close

    29 February 2024 11:00pm AEDT

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