PO4 Senior Scientist (Molecular Biology)

Full Time, Contract 
71.16 per hour + super
December 6th, 2023
Dutton Park, Queensland, Australia
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About the company/role:

We are seeking a Senior Molecular Biologist to join the high-performing Plant Pathology team within the QLD State Government based in Dutton Park. This role is a temporary, full-time position until June 2025.

As a Senior Scientist you will use your specialist skills to assist the Plant Pathology team in high throughput sequencing, using Oxford Nanopore Technologies’ MinION sequencing devices, for the analysis of data for metabarcoding and metagenomic identification of plant pests and pathogens.

Please note that submissions for this role will close at 5pm AEST on Friday, 12th January 2024.
  • Develop HTS diagnostic workflows for a range of plant pathogens and pest/pathogen complexes, primarily utilising Oxford Nanopore MinION sequencing technology.r
  • Apply bioinformatics to analyse HTS data and develop associated databases for metabarcoding and metagenomic identification of plant pests and pathogens.
  • Validate and verify diagnostic workflows with the view to accredit to ISO/IEC 17025.
  • Direct research projects and/or provide advice that aligns with strategic objectives and/or addresses a national issue.
  • Drive team and/or organisational capability development by creating and contributing to learning opportunities to ensure staff develop and maintain the capabilities they require to perform their role effectively, confidently and safely. This includes actively coaching and mentoring colleagues to share specialist knowledge.
  • Through participation in an active professional development program, develop and maintain own expert, contemporary awareness and understanding of scientific innovation and technological progress within field of expertise.
  • Demonstrated ability to positively and effectively communicate and collaborate with other scientists and wider audiences to actively resolve problems, address scientific challenges and deliver innovative scientific solutions for strategic assessment management of biosecurity risks.
  • Providing specialist expert analysis and advice to contribute to strategic planning and assist external stakeholders (e.g. local government, industry, community) and internal stakeholders (e.g. management, policy and operational teams) to effectively address or manage relevant biosecurity risks.
  • Independently liaise directly with external stakeholders, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with industry, community and government leaders to drive successful project outcomes and create new project opportunities.
  • Independently present research at National/International conferences, build networks in specialist area and provide expert contribution to scientific and technical disciplines at the national level.
  • It is a mandatory requirement for a professional officer to possess an Australian Bachelor degree (AQF level 7 or equivalent) or higher in Science or equivalent to the position from a recognised tertiary institution.
  • For international qualifications, the applicant will need their qualification assessed, to determine comparability with the Australian Qualifications Framework. The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training can assist with these assessments for Queensland residents.
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics.
Experience with the following is highly desirable:
  • Oxford Nanopore Technologies MinION in plant health diagnostics.
  • Bioinformatics tools, software and platforms such as Geneious, Galaxy, CLC Genomics workbench, and Command Line Interface (CLI) bioinformatics.
  • Whole genome sequencing, genome assemblies and annotation.
  • Operating within a Laboratory Quality Management System.
  • Plant pathology diagnostics.

If you think this could be the role for you then please apply now! Please send us a cover letter AND a detailed resume in WORD format (PDFs can be corrupted / not processed).  
Or, if you have any questions, please contact Malia on 07 3175 0680 or at malia.dmello@evolvescientific.com.au.

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