First listed on: 22 March 2019

Veterinary Pathologist 

  • Make a Difference by contributing your expertise to research projects with global impact!
  • Work in a world leading bio-containment facility.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier scientific research organisation

The Opportunity:

The Veterinary Pathologist role within CSIRO AAHL provides pathology to various facility user groups including the diagnostic laboratory and various disease and animal research teams. This role will require working at high levels of bio-containment and with a variety of animal diseases and serious human and veterinary pathogens.

In the position of Veterinary Pathologist you will provide pathology support for animal challenge experiments with a variety of infectious agents at different levels of bio-containment. You will use your expertise in pathology to assist in the development, implementation and interpretation of research projects in the area of zoonotic and emergency animal diseases for the purpose of mitigating their impact on Australian society, economy and environment. As the successful candidate you will also communicate the outcomes of their research through written and oral means, and provide technical and policy advice when necessary.  You will also provide training and mentoring for early career veterinary pathologists.

It is envisaged that as the Veterinary Pathologist, you will take the lead in developing a research portfolio your own, and will be an expert in your chosen field.  You will also sit on various committees including National Advisory Committees as required and may also be required to travel internationally to advise on animal health matters to our regional partners.

A requirement of this role is to be able to meet Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) microbiological security and security assessment requirements and to undergo medical and psychological assessment.

More specifically you will:

  • Provide a prompt and accurate service in veterinary anatomic pathology in support of AAHL’s diagnostic program
  • Provide pathology support to the various research projects involved with  animal challenge studies at BSL3 and BSL4 within the AAHL facility
  • Identify, approach and communicate with  key stakeholders in DAWR and other relevant organisations to increase AAHL’s profile and influence
  • Represent the AAHL pathology team  at various project meetings
  • Foster AAHL's role as a national facility through participation in professional societies, teaching, training and technology transfer
  • Delivery of AAHL's training programs with transboundary animal diseases and other zoonotic and emergency diseases in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region
  • Operate under the appropriate quality control system, including ISO17025 and good laboratory practice and engage with external proficiency testing as necessary.

Location:       Geelong, VIC
Tenure:          Indefinite
Salary:           $111K - $130K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    61040

To be successful you will need:

  • A veterinary degree registrable with Veterinary Boards in Australia.
  • A PhD in veterinary virology or 3 years post graduate experience in animal disease research.
  • Demonstrated ability to write scientific reports, publish in scientific journals and conference abstracts, as well as demonstrated experience in delivery of verbal presentations to scientific and community audiences.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and overseas, as required.
  • Post-graduate experience and practical knowledge in anatomic pathology and histopathology.
  • Ability to deliver training and provide mentorship in veterinary pathology.

Special Requirements:
To be eligible for this position you must be willing and able to:

  • Adhere to CSIRO AAHL microbiological security requirements, other Australian Security requirements applicable to the position and HSE policies.
  • Be vaccinated against influenza, rabies, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis or other agents as specified if required for the role performed.

For more information please view the Position Description

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Applications Close

3 April 2019

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