First listed on: 12 December 2018

Senior Research Scientist - Finfish Biologist

The Opportunity

  • Work in a high quality research environment on applied aquaculture breeding research
  • Contribute to the improvement of aquatic animal production systems and their sustainability
  • Join CSIRO’s internationally recognised Agriculture & Food Business Unit

CSIRO’s applied aquaculture breeding research portfolio is a key component of the Aquaculture Program of the Agriculture and Food Business Unit. In order to evaluate the contribution of genetics to the observed performance of animals in culture, it is important to eliminate, control or understand as many other sources of performance variation as possible. In aquaculture, critical sources of such variation can include inconsistent reproduction and unreliable operation of hatchery, nursery and grow-out systems. Successful applied aquaculture breeding therefore requires effective reproductive management and consistent production of juvenile and adult animals.

This role will apply specialist knowledge in finfish propagation to contribute to and, in time, initiate and lead client focussed research projects which aim to improve aquatic animal production systems and their sustainability. This will be done within national and international settings and will integrate with complimentary work in genetics, aquatic animal health, aquaculture nutrition, environmental management and socio-economics.

Your duties will include

  • Contribute to complex projects, providing scientific input to multidisciplinary teams across multiple sites, ensuring project delivery on time and to budget.
  • Develop and lead a pipeline of new research projects aligned to the Research Program’s objectives, attract and secure external funding (Industry or Government).
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders to build an effective network for collaboration, develop and progress challenging but realistic research plans, and identify pathways to help deliver science impact.
  • Negotiate, plan and develop the resources, infrastructure and capability required to undertake research experiments.
  • Maintain a reputation for excellent research contribution across the science community via the production of various media, including high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences.
  • Contribute to the effective functioning of the wider research program to facilitate the delivery of CSIRO’s organisational objectives.

Location: Hobart, TAS
Salary: $111K to $130K plus up to 15.4% Superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 59561

To be successful you will need

  • A PhD in finfish reproduction and/or larval/juvenile biology and demonstrated record of innovative and impactful scientific outcomes in the field
  • Demonstrated experience in commercial finfish aquaculture: examples include hatchery design/management/operation, spawning, egg incubation, larval development and feeding, live feed production, weaning and management of nursery fish.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective networks with government, industry and research institutions, particularly within the aquaculture sector.
  • Demonstrated record of scientific creativity and innovation with an ability to articulate clear goals and inspire others to achieve those goals (create the science vision).
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, and/or contribute to, large complex projects and provide scientific direction and leadership to multidisciplinary teams across multiple sites and agencies.
  • Proven ability to develop research plans and projects with demonstrated ability to attract and secure external funding from Industry or Government clients to support research plans.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description 

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Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

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Applications Close

Monday 21 January, 2019

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date

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