Research Scientist in Analytical Chemistry/Applied Proteomics

Brisbane City, Brisbane (AU)
AUD $121k - $142k plus super, relocation & visa costs
Closing date
Mar 29, 2023

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  • Utilise state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and bioinformatics to characterise the proteome of a range of plant and animal samples
  • Collaborate broadly across the organisation and with external partners to advance applied proteomics science
  • Join CSIRO! A truly flexible and inclusive workplace


CSIRO Agriculture and Food is Australia’s most significant science investment for its key primary production activities including cropping, meat and livestock, aquaculture, horticulture, food safety and processing, and value-adding.  These industries underpin >$40B of food and fibre production, $97B of domestic food and beverage processing, and >$30B of agricultural exports per annum in Australia while providing stewardship for at least 60 per cent of the Australian landscape. 


CSIRO is at the forefront of proteomics as it is applied to agricultural and food applications. As part of the Applied Proteomics team, this role will contribute to a key capability servicing the whole of the Agriculture and Food Business Unit. The successful candidate will utilise state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and bioinformatics to characterise the proteome of a range of plant and animal samples. You will liaise with CSIRO collaborators spanning multiple sites, provide advice in sample preparation techniques, perform bioinformatics analyses, write reports and play a lead role in the preparation of scientific manuscripts and presentations. Utilising your expertise in applied proteomics and analytical chemistry, you will identify new opportunities to apply the capabilities within the Applied Proteomics team across a range of impact areas. You will maintain, manage and help deploy the mass spectrometry facility and train staff/students in the fundamentals of mass spectrometry.

Your duties will include:

  • Work closely with experimentalists to apply proteomics and mass spectrometry to solve scientific questions/challenges.
  • Apply advanced proteomics workflows that are capable of protein identification (data-dependent acquisition); protein quantitation (multiple reaction monitoring, MRM); and/or the simultaneous quantitation of thousands of proteins enabling a systems biology view of differential protein expression (data-independent acquisition). 
  • Use bioinformatics to identify and quantify proteins and define their role in biological pathways.
  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research.
  • Utilise data science strategies to analyse and evaluate data. Manage data curation, storage and data sharing in accordance with best practise guidelines.
  • Maintain and manage the mass spectrometry facility, including but not limited to basic maintenance (HPLC, MS), quality control analysis, instrument calibration and tuning, liaising with service engineers and application support scientists.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals and for presentation at national and international conferences. Communicate research results to clients and the scientific community through oral and written reports and prepare documentation for patent applications (where relevant).


Location:  St Lucia, Queensland - Australia

Salary:  AU$121k – AU$142k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Indefinite

Reference:  91535

To be considered you will need:

  1. A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as Chemistry, Biology, Proteomics or Protein Biochemistry.
  2. Demonstrated experience in mass spectrometry, with expertise in proteomics desirable.
  3. Demonstrated experience in protein chemistry. 
  4. Experience in data science and statistical analysis, coding and/or related analytical methods.
  5. Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  6. Proven ability to secure support for new research projects.
  7. Demonstrated ability to communicate scientific content clearly and effectively.
  8. The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out independent individual research, to achieve organisational goals. 
  9. Experience in the use of SCIEX mass spectrometry instrumentation, in the use of peak integration software (e.g. Skyline and/or MultiQuant), and in the analysis of data-independent acquisition (DIA) data (e.g. SWATH-MS) is desirable.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to all candidates. Visa sponsorship may be provided if required. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character 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. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

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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

28 March 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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