First listed on: 22 June 2022

CSIRO Missions - Biosecurity


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

CSIRO is on a mission to future-proof Australia's biosecurity system. This is a rare opportunity to help protect Australia from the growing threats and impacts arising from pests, weeds and diseases.  

We plan to develop large scale, collaborative portfolios of research activities with government and industry to support the Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 roadmap and agenda.  

We need early to mid-career researchers in science and engineering to solve impossible problems and develop large scale, science-based innovations that are achievable and have the potential to improve long-term biosecurity outcomes for Australia.  

We particularly welcome applications from candidates with a background in computer and data sciences who are passionate about applying those skills to help future-proof Australia’s biosecurity system. 

In a globally connected world, Australia is under constant threat from pests, weeds and diseases. Major incursions are associated with international trade and outbreaks experienced in other countries highlight the impact on agriculture, people movement and business activities. 

Accelerated innovation and investment in biosecurity has the potential to protect and enhance Australia's economic, agricultural and environmental interests.  

Together with government, industry, universities, community and indigenous partners, we aim to take biosecurity R&D from a transactional business to a scaled series of co-developed multidisciplinary, multi-party projects focussed on transformational technology-led systems and solutions. 

For more information on CSIRO’s mission to future-proof Australia's biosecurity, go to 

To be considered you will need:

You will have either completed a PhD, Master of Science or Master of Engineering in a science, engineering, or research discipline and have three years relevant work experience. Or, you will have completed a PhD, Master of Science or Master of Engineering qualification within the last three years or will have a doctoral or master thesis submitted prior to commencement with CSIRO. ?? 

For Master of Science or Master of Engineering graduates you must also have equivalent levels of original and significant contributions to research and development to that expected of a new PhD graduate. ? 

Your qualifications are essential for the current opportunities, but we are also looking for more unique skills to bring new ways of thinking, problem solving and leadership to contribute to CSIRO Missions and culture.  

How we deliver progress and change is important.  

An ability to recognise and exploit opportunities to carry out original, creative, and innovative research is essential. Your design thinking and desire to generate impact will drive creativity, innovation and evolve our approach to unlocking a better future for everyone.  

By thinking beyond specific research projects to apply individual knowledge, skills, and expertise you will contribute to and support the national innovation system.  

Leveraging a broad network and relationships within national, global, trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder environments?and collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders, you will challenge current approaches and develop future research.  

If you are seeking purpose, want to lead with vision and contribute to new research insights and future innovations, CSIRO could be the opportunity to connect with other like minds, as a trusted advisor building shared meaning and purpose.  

Location: Capital city and regional locations 
Salary: AU$87,068k – AU$111,165 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3-year term 
Reference: 85780


Applications are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia. Visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore candidates.  

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements. 

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!

What we need from you

Work history and qualifications are only one part of your story. We want to know what motivates you to join us and how we can support you to realise your promise and potential.  

The questions below are essential in helping us understand what you are looking for and need to be included in a cover letter to show us why Biosecurity 2030 would be impossible without you.  

  1. How will your research align with CSIRO Missions and commitment to solving science’s greatest challenges?  

  1. What are your unique attributes and skills which will contribute to unlocking a better world for everyone?  

  1. What culture and research environment will help you reach your potential and what do you need from CSIRO to help you get there? 

  1. Please provide a summary of your technical skills. 

Applications Close

17 July 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT 

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