First listed on: 07 September 2021

Senior Research Scientist in Computational Biology


The Opportunity

  • Use your expertise to address novel bioinformatic challenges & complex biological questions
  • Deliver outcomes with industry impact by solving biological problems at scale
  • Work with leading international researchers in a flexible work environment 

We are seeking a motivated Senior Research Scientist – Computational Biology to join the Traits Program within CSIRO Agriculture and Food. The research this program is undertaking is increasingly involving complex machine learning and computational approaches to address biological problems at scale and deliver outcomes with industry impact.

As the successful candidate, you will contribute to this evolving digital transformation through engagement across a variety of project areas including host-microbe interactions and protein engineering.  Using your skills and expertise in computational biology and fostering collaborations with internal and external stakeholders, you will address novel bioinformatic challenges and complex or ill-defined biological questions, and develop new research areas facilitated by data analytics, modelling and machine learning tools. 

This role is offered on a full-time or part-time (minimum 0.8 FTE) basis. Talk to us about your needs.

Your duties will include:

  • Under general direction, using professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience/achievement to formulate, develop and complete an approved research program with direction as to the aims of their activities.
  • Using computational biology to address novel bioinformatic challenges and complex or ill-defined biological questions in the field of plant-microbe interactions to alleviate the crop productivity constraints.
  • Developing new and cutting-edge research areas facilitated by data analytics, modelling and machine learning to complement existing disease management strategies in agriculture.
  • Communicating results internally through regular research team meetings and group level presentations and externally through preparation and presentation of appropriate conference papers and scientific manuscripts suitable for publication in quality journals and the preparation of documents for patent applications. 
  • Maintaining awareness of state-of-the-art scientific approaches through regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.

Location: Canberra (Black Mountain) ACT
Salary: AU$115k - AU$135k (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 76770

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as computational biology, bioinformatics or related discipline coupled with significant relevant research or industrial experience.
  • Detailed knowledge and research experience in the application of computational approaches to molecular plant-microbe interactions and gene discovery as well as the application of cutting-edge techniques for plant or pathogen genomics and other data intensive analyses.
  • Demonstrated experience in the application of bioinformatics and machine learning approaches to biological problems and development and implementation of novel approaches and/or software tools to challenging questions. 
  • A history of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations, and success in development of funding applications and engagements with external partners to support novel research ideas.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to represent the research group effectively, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A strong history of impactful publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • Experience in supervision of staff and/or students.
  • Evidence for national and/or international recognition and leadership in the field.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident. 

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. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

21 September 2021, 11:00 pm AEST

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