First listed on: 21 December 2019

Research Projects Officer - Environomics Enrichment 

The Opportunity
  • Work with world-class researchers to solve the world's biggest challenges
  • Benefit from a broad suite of development opportunities
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation

Research Projects staff in CSIRO collaborates in scientific and technological activities with other research staff usually by assisting with detailed planning, undertaking or assisting with experimental, observational or technology development work, and in carrying out the more practical aspects of the work.

The successful candidate will be part of the Environomics project “Accelerating discovery: a collection genomics pipeline for high-throughput target enrichment” and work closely with a team of research scientists from the Australian National Herbarium and the Australian National Insect Collection.

The project aims to:

  • Establish lab procedures for the use of miniaturised, highly multiplexed libraries in target enrichment to reduce costs and increase sequencing through-put.
  • Design novel bait sets for target enrichment of selected groups of organisms.
  • Generate framework datasets for ecologically or economically important or understudied taxa.
Your duties will include:
  • High-throughput DNA extraction from natural history collection specimens, in particular plants and insects.
  • DNA library preparation for high-throughput sequencing.
  • Development, trouble-shooting and optimisation of sequence capture/target enrichment of miniaturised, pooled libraries.
  • Use of liquid acoustic handler as well as other high-throughput pipetting technologies to decrease effort and cost and optimise laboratory workflow,
  • Quality assessment of PCR results, including electrophoresis gels, fragment analysis, measurement of DNA concentrations.
  • Planning and submitting NGS runs to sequencing provider.

Location: Black Mountain, ACT
Salary: AU$83k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term until 30th June 2022
Reference: 64358

To be considered you will need:
  • Honours or master’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in Biology.
  • Demonstrated experience with DNA extraction.
  • Hands on experience with library preparations for Next Generation Sequencing, ideally for sequence capture/target enrichment.
  • Practical experience in the independent implementation, optimisation and trouble-shooting of laboratory protocols.
  • Proven experience to proactively review lab procedures, and contribute novel ideas and approaches in support of scientific investigations.

For full details about ths role please review the Position Description


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

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrates your motivation and ability to meet the requirments of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday 19th January 2020, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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