First listed on: 23 March 2020

Fermentation Team Leader

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

CSIRO is looking for a leading Research Scientist to spearhead our fermentation team, with a specific focus on the completion of the cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) facility, business development and project delivery under ISO9001 and cGMP conditions.

Your duties will include:
  • Provide advice to policy makers and inform and transfer knowledge to non-scientific audiences.
  • Communicate research results to clients and the scientific community through oral and written reports, which may include the preparation of documents for patent applications.
  • Use professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience/achievement to attract, formulate, develop and complete an approved research program with general direction as to the aims of their activities.
  • Anticipate industry and/or community needs and market direction through client liaison/networking and identify and adapt quickly to changes.
  • Act as a trusted advisor, utilising knowledge of client’s business and understanding of their underlying needs.

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

  • Maintaining international science eminence.
  • Securing significant research funds/industry engagements.

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:
  • Relevant bachelor’s degree and PhD or equivalent relevant work experience in protein production.
  • A current driver licence (Open Australian class C driver licence).
  • Technical expertise in mammalian and insect cell fermentation.
  • Extensive knowledge of ISO9001 and cGMP regulations, bioprocessing and production of material under these guidelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract funding/projects and lead teams in the planning, scheduling and delivery of multiple large and small projects.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Biotech space both within Australia and internationally as well as business acumen.

Additional essential criteria for CSOF8 appointment:

  • Being a world-leader in the field of research or its transfer to industry.
  • 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 significant research funds/ industry engagements.

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

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

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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

Thursday 16th April 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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