Research Scientist - Livestock Genomics

CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
Job Location
Brisbane QLD 4067
AU $92K - AU $100K

Plus up to 15.4% superannuation (pension fund)

Job Description

• Develop novel experimental and analytical methods

• Publish in quality peer-reviewed journals

• Join our team and undertake crucial Australian agricultural research 

The position:

The role of Research Scientist Staff in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO's strategies.  

As the Research Scientist – Livestock Genomics with CSIRO Agriculture and Food, you will develop and lead projects in livestock genomics, and with a particular emphasis in tropical and subtropical environments of Australia. You will also build on recent achievements of the CSIRO Livestock Genomics Computational and Systems Biology team in the area of genome to phenome inference in tropical environments.  

The tropical adaptation of Bos indicus breeds of cattle such as Brahman, underpins the sustainability of beef enterprises in northern Australia. With increasing overseas demand for our beef, the adoption of genomic technologies lags behind other livestock enterprises such as dairy. CSIRO can play an important role in accelerating uptake of genetic improvement programs for beef cattle raised in extension conditions of subtropical and tropical Australia. This project aims to accelerate the adoption of high-throughput molecular genomic technologies, to speed genetic progress in phenotypes of relevance to tropical adaptation. 

Enquiries from applicants seeking part time work are encouraged and will be considered case-by-case. Be involved with international consortia, including the 1000 Bull Genomes projects.  Collaborate with large pastoral companies across Queensland and the Northern Territory. Work in locations where the challenges of genetics by environment by management (G×E×M) interactions are most apparent. 

Location:     St Lucia (Brisbane) Queensland
Salary:         AU $92K to AU $100K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:       Indefinite
Ref No.:       27943 

At CSIRO we invent the future. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Our solutions make a difference to industry, people and the planet. As Australia’s national science agency we’ve been pushing the edge of what’s possible for almost 90 years. Today we have thousands of talented people working across Australia and internationally. Our people work closely with industry and communities to leave a lasting legacy. Collectively, our innovation and excellence places us in the top ten applied research agencies in the world. We Collaborate to Innovate.

Applications close Tuesday 29 November, 2016 (11:59pm AEDT)



  1. Education/Qualifications:  A doctorate in a relevant discipline area such as animal genetics, molecular genetics, genomics or veterinary science.

  2. Travel: Ability and willingness to travel within Australia as required, often to rural or remote areas.

  3. Communication:  Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to publish research results, prepare reports and present the results of scientific investigations at national and international conferences and stakeholder meetings.

  4. Publications:  A solid record of publication in the field of livestock genomics science in quality, peer reviewed journals.

  5. Behaviours:  A history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative environment.

Essential Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated knowledge and sound experience (post-PhD) in the application of genomics technology to livestock breeding.

  2. Proven experience developing novel methods for genetic parameter estimation and genomic selection, enrichment analysis of biological pathways and identification of key regulators.  

  3. Demonstrated skills in the handling and analysis of large genomics and phenotypic datasets, including the generation of genomic relationship matrices, generation of genomic breeding values, imputation pipelines, and sequence analysis.

  4. The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team with active industry participation, and carry out independent individual research, to achieve organisational goals.

  5. A record of science innovation and creativity plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations of livestock genomics.

    Desirable Criteria:

  1. Knowledge of current and emerging animal breeding and genetics practices within the livestock industry, both domestically and globally.

  2. Experience with high-performance computer environments (e.g. PBS, SLURM) as well as Hadoop-based engines (e.g. SPARK).

  3. An established network within the Australian livestock industry, particularly in the livestock genomics and breeding area.

  4. A successful record of attracting R&D funding in livestock genomics and of managing research projects on time and to budget.

How to Apply

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