CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Bio-analytical Facility Manager


  • Manage the leading bio-optical laboratory in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere
  • Add value with your capability in analytical chemistry techniques in biological oceanography, algal biotechnology or marine optics
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation!
The position:

The Bio-analytical facility at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere's Hobart site, is recognised as the leading bio-optical laboratory in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere and one of the leading laboratori es internationally. It has the only validated HPLC method for pigment analysis in Australia.

The appointee will manage the Bio-analytical Facility including the analysis of a variety of samples - water, micro and macro algae, seagrass, microphytobenthos and zooplankton - for parameters used in the research of marine optics, harmful algae blooms, algal biotechnology, biological oceanography and biogeochemical models. The role will work closely with both internal and external clients and collaborators to deliver high standard products and services and will be responsible for the analysis of samples, the development of novel analytical techniques and methods, the reporting and presentation of results, the development of project opportunities and the maintaining of the biosecurity accreditation for the facility.

Specifically you will:
  • Manage the Bio-analytical Facility including the completion of contracts for external clients, management of projec t milestones, sample collation and analysis, reporting results, and invoicing for work completed.
  • Manage the biosecurity requirements attached to the facility, so that Biosecurity accreditation is retained; this includes in house training for staff and completion of audits by DAWR annually.
  • Analysis of samples for pigment composition and concentration by HPLC, and samples for phycocyanin and phycoerthryn concentration.
  • Determination of the absorption coefficients of particulate and dissolved fractions of the water column.
  • Determination of the concentration of total suspended matter.
  • Determination of cell numbers using flow cytometry.
  • Participation in field work on both small and large vessels.
  • Development of new methods for pigment and toxin analyses using UPLC and HPLC-MS.
Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Salary: $95,369 to $103,205 plus up to 15.4% super
Term: Indefinite
Reference: 53729


To be successful, you will have:
  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience based on analytical chemistry techniques in biological oceanography, algal biotechnology or marine optics.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated experience with and maintenance of analytical instrumentation such as HPLC/UPLC, scanning spectrophotometers and spectrofluorimeters 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.
  • Problem solving/investigative skills and the ability to effectively manage a number of competing priorities simultaneously, an d under limited direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary research environment.
Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today - for our customers, all Australians and the world. We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.

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. Find out more Balance

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere will support Australia's prosperity through research underpinning sustainable economic, social, and environmental use of Austra lia's marine estate and providing information, technologies, and services to governments, industries, and communities to enable adaption to changing climate and environmental conditions.

How to Apply: If you wish to apply for this position, please upload 1 document only containing your covering letter and resume that best demonstrates your ability to meet the requirements of the role.

Before you apply please view the full position description and selection criteria here: PD

Applications Close: 11:59pm AEDT, February 25th, 2018

posted: 02 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.