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Research Scientist - Virology

Private Company - Acton, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


Rabbit caliciviruses are important biocontrol agents in Australia, used to manage invasive feral rabbits that severely impact our agricultural industries and environment. However, research into these agents is hampered due to lack of a suitable ex vivo culture system. Recent advances in organoid technologies have facilitated investigations into host-pathogen interactions for other previously non-cultivatable viruses, including human calicivirus. The Research Scientist - Virology will further refine the rabbit intestinal and hepatic organoid cultures established in our lab to enable robust replication of rabbit caliciviruses, and will study their fundamental biology and evolution, including mechanisms of immune escape.

Your duties will include:

  • Optimising rabbit organoid cultures for the robust cultivation of rabbit caliciviruses and subsequently designing and undertaking detailed studies on the fundamental biology of these viruses.
  • Using rabbit organoid cultures to conduct research into host-pathogen interactions, including mechanisms of immune escape in rabbit caliciviruses.
  • Under limited direction, assisting in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carrying out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • Presenting results in a meaningful format, preparing reports for clients and/or writing scientific papers for publication. 

Location: Black Mountain, ACT
Salary: AU$98K - AU$106K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified Term of 3 years (Full-time)
Reference:  71972

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as Virology or Developmental Biology.
  • Demonstrated strong research experience in the use of organoid/advanced tissue culture systems for exploring host-pathogen interactions.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in Molecular Virology/Biology.
  • Track record demonstrating a motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research, and the ability to independently plan and conduct research investigations.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view thePosition Description


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

Applicants must be Australian/New Zealand citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia.

How to Apply

Please apply on the CSIRO website at: jobs.csiro.au/job/Canberra%2C-ACT-Research-Scientist-Virology/715636900/?locale=en_GB

Applications Close

23:59 AEDT 22nd March 2021