First listed on: 03 July 2020

Research Engineer in Biosecurity Management 

The Opportunity
  • Do you have extensive experience working in biological control?
  • Lead cutting edge in plant-insect research and collaborate with world-class researchers
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s national science agency

The successful candidate will, for the first few years, conduct ongoing innovative research using the latest advances in plant-insect interactions to develop science-based biological control solutions for a range of weed and insect targets.

You will lead components of existing projects, have the opportunity to develop, secure funds and lead new projects, provide scientific leadership and collaborate with scientists across the world.

Your duties will include:
  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific study by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas into existing and future research.
  • Under the guidance of senior colleagues, develop new research projects, including negotiation and securing of external funding requirements.
  • Devise strategy and assume overall scientific responsibility for research and interpreting results to deliver on project-related outputs.

Location: Montpellier, France
Salary: Attractive salary package
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 67880

To be considered you will need:
  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience in applied pest, weed and disease management including proven expertise and experience in weed/insect biological control.
  • Demonstrated theoretical, conceptual and practical knowledge relevant to biological control and other forms of applied pest, weed and disease management, including a strong empirical background in experimental research in insect-plant interactions and statistical and data analysis skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead projects or components of large multi-disciplinary projects focused on delivering science-based solutions for external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated laboratory and field-based research experience in plant-insect interactions and other aspects of pest, weed and disease management.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to conduct fieldwork across a range of ecosystems, including in remote locations in Europe and overseas.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken French and English.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including incorporating novel ideas and lateral thinking into scientific investigations to develop appropriate solutions to research challenges.
  • Experience in working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, multi-location research team, and lead independent individual research, to achieve project goals.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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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

Wednesday 5th August, 2020, 11:00pm AEST

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