Research Scientist

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Department: Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: SciB
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/100658
Closing Date: 02-Oct-2023
Salary Range: $91,418 - $103,725
Job Duration: Fixed Term - 36 Months
Attachments: 100658 Sci B PD.docx (Word, 823KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Alexander Piper

Position Details

Research Scientist


Location: Bundoora

Salary: $91,418 to $103,725 Plus Superannuation

Position No: 100658


Please note: Due to Machinery of Government changes under Section 30 of the Public Administration Act (PAA), effective 1 January 2023, your employment will be with the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action. Corporate Services, including payroll, will be provided by the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions while a process for the formal transfer of staff in impacted areas is implemented.

Agriculture Victoria Research is seeking to recruit an experienced Research Scientist for a Bioinformatics / Computational biology research position. This fulltime role will require a high level of analytical skills and knowledge, with extensive experience in bioinformatics or computational biology, especially in the analysis of high-throughput DNA sequencing data for metabarcoding and/or metagenomic identification of species. The position will support the research activities defined in the National Grains Diagnostics and Surveillance Initiative (NGDSI) - Grains Biosecurity Mission (GBM) which is co-funded by Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).  

The position will be based at the AgriBio Centre, in Bundoora (Melbourne), in the Invertebrate and Weed Sciences group, which delivers research in integrated pest management, invertebrate diagnostics and surveillance, weed management and biological control of invertebrate pests and weeds. Many of the duties will require initiative and independent work. The applicant will have a good aptitude for working as part of a large multidisciplinary team, conducting a wide variety of work across the Microbial Sciences, Pests and Diseases unit.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline including bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics

This is a fixed term position available for a period of 3 years. The work location for this position is Bundoora with hybrid work arrangements available.

To be considered for this position, applicants should respond to the key selection criteria and submit a resume.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Monday, 2 October 2023.  

Other relevant information:

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.  

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.  

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

DEECA welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and we focus on the essential requirements of the job and being consistent and fair in our treatment of all applicants. We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave.

For further information including the position description, key selection criteria and to apply visit

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