Food Standards Australia New Zealand Logo
Food Standards Australia New Zealand Logo

Quick Launch

EL1 Microbiologist

Job description (2 positions)                       

Position numbers0056 and 2190
Position titleMicrobiologist
Position classificationEL1
SectionMicrobiology and Biotechnology
LocationCanberra / Wellington
StatusOngoing, Full-time / Part-time
Immediate supervisorEL2


About us

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is an independent statutory authority responsible for developing food standards in Australia and New Zealand.

Our work supports a safe food supply for Australian and New Zealand consumers and contributes to industry innovation and competitiveness, informed consumer choice and broader public health goals. We also have responsibility for managing food incidents including food recalls.

We value diversity in gender, backgrounds, culture, and experience and are committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture where everyone has equal opportunity to contribute, participate and progress. Applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability, are strongly encouraged to apply. We aim to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and that they have equal access to job opportunities.

We offer a flexible and attractive remuneration package, including generous employer superannuation contributions. Further information about pay and conditions can be found in our Enterprise Agreement 2016-19 and Determination 2019/21.

Our values & behaviours (DAART)

  • Develop - Support people to grow and develop
  • Achieve - Collaborate to achieve a common goal
  • Accountable - Responsible for commitments, behaviours and actions
  • Respect -  Build open and supportive relationships
  • Transparent - Build trust by being genuine, clear and consistent

We model these values and behaviours and integrate them into our everyday work.

The opportunity

The Microbiology and Biotechnology Section comprises a highly motivated team which actively contributes to FSANZ's Regulatory Science Strategy. Providing the scientific evidence base underpinning our core standards management work.

This is a great opportunity to work within a dynamic food regulatory system to benefit a broad range of stakeholders and to work with an innovative team of scientists who engage readily with others and collaborate to achieve goals.

Our ideal candidate

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Be a subject matter expert who has can think laterally and apply their knowledge broadly.
  • Be an experienced problem-solver who develops innovative solutions to improve the evidence base.
  • Has extensive and up to date microbiological knowledge to provide advice, influence and contribute to policy recommendations.
  • Be a great team player. Mentor and guide team members to build staff capabilities and encourages career development in others.
  • Be an excellent communicator who tailors and presents highly complex technical information to various audiences.

What you will do

In this role you will:

1.    Provide expert microbiological risk assessment advice on a range of food safety matters including, but not limited to, primary
       produce, antimicrobial resistance, foods for special and medical purposes, novel foods, incidents and emerging issues.

2.    Provide input on microbiological and biotechnological advice to support the review and development of food standards.

3.    Work towards ensuring the support of industry, researchers and Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies on matters
       relevant to FSANZ's Regulatory Science Strategy providing innovative, enthusiastic input into collaborative research

Selection criteria

1.    Highly developed scientific, technical and analytical skills, capacity to undertake detailed microbiological risk assessments
       and desktop research.  Demonstrated knowledge of current food safety and microbiological issues. Biotechnology skills and
       knowledge is highly desirable.

2.    Demonstrated project management and strategic skills.

3.     An ability to develop effective working relationships with stakeholder groups including our government partners, researchers
        and industry. 

4.     Communication skills, both written and oral.

5.     Demonstrated ability to contribute to strong and effective teams both within and outside the agency.

6.     Relevant tertiary post-graduate qualifications in microbiology, microbial ecology, biotechnology, food science and
        technology, veterinary medicine, epidemiology or other relevant discipline.

Conditions of engagement

Conditions of engagement include a three-month probation period, health and character clearances (including police records check and possible security clearance).

To be eligible for engagement, applicants must be Australian citizens if the role is filled in Canberra or New Zealand citizens if the role is filled in Wellington, unless special approval is given by the CEO.

To apply

If this sounds like the role for you, we want to hear from you!

To apply, please send your current CV and provide a statement (up to two pages) outlining how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications make you the best person for the job and email:

Applications for these positions close on 13 February 2019.

Position contact: Barbara Butow on (02) 6271 2283 or

For help in applying email:


Return to top