First listed on: 12 January 2018

Biorisk Manager - AAHL Biocontainment Facility

  • Key role leading our biosafety, biosecurity and biocontainment function
  • Provide high level microbiological security advice to senior staff and key stakeholders
  • Join the team at CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)

The Position

CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory is seeking to appoint a Biorisk Manager to lead our biosafety, biosecurity and biocontainment function. The role provides a high level of advice to the Director and Deputy Director and other managers and staff and has a key role in ensuring the continued biocontainment of the facility, safe and compliant working standards are adhered to in a highly regulated environment, and staff and users of the facility are trained to the highest contemporary world standards.

In addition, the Biorisk Manager holds senior management responsibility for compliance to quarantine, gene technology and security sensitive biological agent (SSBA) regulations and counter terrorism planning, and works with our Health and Safety team to plan for and respond to emergency site responses and safe working practices.

Ideally, the Biorisk Manager will have experience in biocontainment in another scientific institution as well as experience in managing a group of staff to enable them to deliver the Biorisk strategy of the AAHL Facility. Experience in microbiology/virology, with experience in human or veterinary infectious disease diagnosis and management is highly desirable.

The appointee must be able to meet AAHL’s Microbiological Security and Security Clearance requirement

Location:      Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Salary:          AU $131K to AU $146K pa plus up to 15.4% superannuation, plus motor vehicle allowance of AU $17K
Tenure:         Indefinite
Reference:   47366

To be successful you will need:

  • A degree qualification in a relevant field such as science or engineering.

  • Significant experience in biorisk management in a complex facility with experience in biosafety and biocontainment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills at a senior level role in order to deliver key messages to internal and external clients.
  • Experience in leading risk management requirements in a highly regulated laboratory environment.
  • Experience in microbiological policy writing and implementation in a complex facility.
  • Ability to lead and manage a diverse team including biocontainment staff, compliance, biocontainment microbiological staff and training.
  • Experience in microbiological sciences in infectious disease diagnosis would be an advantage.

Other special requirements:

  • Must be willing and able to adhere to CSIRO AAHL microbiological security requirements and HSE policies as specified in the position description document.
  • Must be able to meet AAHL’s Microbiological Security and Security Clearance requirements.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate. At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.
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CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)
AAHL helps protect Australia’s multi-billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries, and the general public, from emerging infectious disease threats. It is a high-containment facility designed to allow scientific research into the most dangerous infectious agents in the world.

How to Apply:  To apply for this position please upload ONE document only that includes your CV/resume, cover letter and a statement addressing the selection criteria. Please upload these as ONE document.

Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position description

Applications Close:  Open until filled


Previous applicants need not re-apply.

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