First listed on: 31 July 2020

Research Manager - Mammalian protein cGMP Facility Head

The Opportunity
  • Are you ready for the next step in your career?
  • Provide leadership in research, bioprocessing and production of a cGMP Facility
  • Join CSIRO and support Australia's premier scientific organisation!

The successful candidate will lead the Mammalian protein cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) Facility, with a specific focus on directing the vision for the type of work to be completed within the facility, ensuring the team has the capability and capacity to produce the required biologics as well as maintaining a business acumen. Specifically, the role will be to oversee the successful completion of projects, as well as developing and maintaining interactions with external parties including scoping and developing business opportunities.

Your duties will include:
  • Act as a trusted advisor, utilising knowledge of client’s business and understanding of their underlying needs.
  • Within broad guidelines, use professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience/achievement to formulate, develop and complete an approved research program with general direction as to the aims of their activities.
  • Communicate research results to clients and the scientific community through oral and written reports, which may include the preparation of documents for patent applications.

For appointment at the higher salary level (CSOF8), duties will also include:

  • Undertake feasibility studies, demonstrate a considerable degree of originality, creativity and innovation in solving problems and introduce new directions and approaches.
  • Anticipate industry and/or community needs and market direction through client liaison/networking, identify and adapt quickly to changes.

Location: Melbourne, VIC (Clayton & Parkville)
Salary:  AU$136k - AU$150k plus up to 15.4% superannuation (CSOF7)
             AU$162k - AU$204k plus up to 15.4% superannuation (CSOF8)

Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 66436

To be considered you will need:
  • A relevant PhD or equivalent relevant work experience in protein production.
  • A current driver’s licence.
  • Technical expertise in mammalian cell fermentation
  • Extensive experience in a cGMP facility, including a very clear understanding of what capability (staff/equipment/provision of cell banks etc.) it takes for one to be successful.
  • A clear understanding of the regulatory aspects of producing clinical material under cGMP conditions, bioprocessing and production of material under these guidelines (including QMS).
  • Extensive knowledge of the Biotech space both within Australia and internationally as well as business acumen.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract funding/projects and lead teams in the planning, scheduling and delivery of multiple large projects.
  • A strong history of establishing and working effectively in teams, and a record of leadership which encourages new ideas, builds trust and provides support for the development of emerging skills, including influencing staff in observing corporate and professional standards, acting as trusted advisers, fostering effective client relationships, and ensuring alignment between client needs and CSIRO’s research objectives.
  • A significant record of innovation and creativity plus the ability and willingness to incorporate and/or promote the inclusion of novel ideas and approaches into projects of all sizes and scale.

Additional essential criteria for CSOF8 appointment:

  • Played a key role in a cGMP facility for a world-leading Biotech.
  • A track-record of publications/citations and or patents reflective of a world leader in the field or equivalent in industry interactions.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract multi-million-dollar research funds/ industry engagements over a sustained period of time.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement a vision for the direction of a cGMP facility.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


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

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

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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

Sunday 30th August 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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