First listed on: 18 May 2020


The Opportunity

  • Play an important role in progressing infectious disease research, including COVID-19
  • Develop, implement and interpret research data in the area of zoonotic and emergency animal infectious diseases
  • Provide pathology support for animal challenge experiments

The Veterinary Pathologist role within CSIRO’s Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP, formerly known as AAHL – Australian Animal Health Laboratory) provides anatomic pathology expertise to facility user groups, including ACDP’s diagnostic laboratory and research teams. This role will require working at high levels of bio-containment with dangerous human and veterinary pathogens at BSL3 and BSL4.

The Veterinary Pathologist will provide pathology support for animal challenge experiments and will use their expertise in pathology to develop, implement and interpret research data in the area of zoonotic and emergency animal infectious diseases, for the purpose of mitigating their impact on Australian society, the economy and the environment. They will also communicate the outcomes of their results through written and oral means and provide technical and policy advice when necessary. The Veterinary Pathologist will also be encouraged to sit on internal committees and relevant national advisory committees.

The successful candidate will need to meet institutional microbiological security and security assessment requirements and to undergo medical and psychological assessments.

Your duties will include:

  • Providing a prompt and accurate service in veterinary anatomic pathology in support of internal and external research projects and ACDP's diagnostic program.
  • Support ACDP's program to aid the detection and control of transboundary animal diseases and other zoonotic and emercency diseases in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Provide gross pathology expertise to research projects, including to projects conducted at BSL3 and BSL4.
  • Provide expertise in ultrastructural and clinical pathology to research projects in the diagnostic program.
  • As required, provide general veterinary support for animal challenge studies at BSL3 and BSL4, which on occasions may require after-hours and weekend work. At all times comply with Animal Ethics and Welfare guidelines and regulations, by adhering to the code of practice, procedure and policies.
  • Abide by the microbiological security regulations at ACDP that apply to exotic disease and commercial specimen testing.

Location:  Geelong, Victoria
Salary:  AU$98k – AU$106k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite (full time)|
Reference:  67222

To be considered you will need:

  • A veterinary degree and demonstrated post-graduate experience and practical knowledge in anatomic pathology.
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to experimental research, including planning and implementing research projects, analysing data and writing/presenting scientific reports.
  • Willingness to be vaccinated against rabies, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis or other agents as specified.
  • Willingness to participate in experiments using animals infected with pathogens and work in a high containment environment.
  • Practical experience in working with animals under experimental conditions and experience in veterinary clinical pathology is desirable.
  • Experience in electron microscopy and other high-resolution microscopy methods for the purpose of determining ultrastructural cellular changes is also desirable.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Appointment to this role is subject to several conditions including a national security check, medical and psychological assessments, specific vaccination requirements and other conditions of appointment relevant to working in a contained facility.

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

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.  Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.


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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

1st June 2020, 11:00 pm AEST/AEDT

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