Research Project Officer/Genomic Data Analyst - Cotton Biotechnology

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7092841 (Ref:cj_81060)

Posted: January 26, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity


  • Merge plant biology with bioinformatics & statistical modelling to support cotton research
  • Great flexible work arrangements – full-time work from home option available!
  • Be part of the supportive team at CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency!


CSIRO Agriculture & Food unit is currently seeking a motivated Research Project Officer, with well-developed data modelling & programming skills, to join their Cotton Fibre Quality team. 

At CSIRO, we take pride in our pioneering Cotton research from seed to shirt! With 100 per cent of Australian cotton grown from CSIRO varieties, we're adding value at all levels of the Australian cotton industry, including molecular biology, plant breeding, crop management and post-harvest processing.

As the Research Project Officer, you will play a critical role in developing capability that brings together plant biology and bioinformatics & statistical modelling to enhance a genomic selection breeding platform in cotton. You will be part of an expert team of scientists who will provide support in cotton fibre biology & molecular biology, bioinformatics, statistics, and modelling. They work towards supporting a profitable and sustainable cotton industry through biotechnology. In this computer-based role, you will have a focus on building various data models and testing the use of existing transcript data & gene networks to improve genomic predictions for fibre quality.  

This will be an excellent role for a driven data modeller/analyst, with an interest in the field of agriculture, to work on exciting research projects. Flexible work arrangements are on offer, including the option to work full-time from home/remotely. 

Applications are invited across two job classification levels and the successful candidate will be appointed at the level commensurate with their skills and experience.

Your duties will include:

  • Analysing and interrogating large data sets of genome and transcript sequences.
  • Identifying markers for cotton fibre quality traits.
  • Using programming language for bioinformatics (e.g., R and/or Python) to manipulate genome-wide data, build statistical models and inform models for fibre quality.
  • Applying statistical and/or machine learning methods for fibre quality in the current cotton Genomic Selection Project pipeline.
  • Identifying genes or gene clusters as potential targets for modelling or gene editing.
  • At the higher job classification level, you will also be independently designing and driving project activity direction in line with project milestones.


Location: Black Mountain, ACT (preferred) or Remote/Work From Home

Salary: AU$87K to AU$111K pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified Term until 30 June 2023

Reference: 81060

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s degree, or equivalent relevant work experience, in Biology or Data Analytics.
  • Skills in bioinformatics e.g., interrogating genome-data-sets.
  • Skills in building and/or using statistical models, such as linear regression and linear mixed models.
  • Knowledge and experience using programming language for bioinformatics, such as R and/or Python.

For appointment at the higher job classification level, the additional essential criteria will also include:

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate project outcome results to diverse teams.
  • Proven leadership skills and ability to lead a project to a successful outcome.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be currently residing in Australia as an:

  • Australian/New Zealand Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • Australian Temporary Resident, with an existing valid visa and unrestricted work rights for the duration of the term (until July 2023), without any requirement for visa sponsorship from CSIRO.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent and may be subject to other security/medical/character check requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

13 February 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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