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Bachelor of Science majoring in biotechnology
Currently working for:
CSIRO - Australian Animal Health Laboratory
How long have you been working for this organisation?
Position title and short job description:
Research Projects Officer - Agent Characterisation. My work mainly involves the extraction of nucleic acids and analysing them with techniques such as qRT-PCR to detect diseases in livestock. Many of the diseases are exotic and all work is done in a PC3 laboratory. I also work heavily with the automation of many extraction and purification procedures.
Working highlight so far:
Having several of the automated protocols I have created, used routinely in daily analysis.
What are the things you enjoy most about your job?
The ability to think creatively to overcome a problem, or to try and create a more efficient methodology to an existing procedure. Experimenting with and validating new chemistries is also quite challenging and exciting.
What do you intend to do in the future?
I intend to continue working. I may consider further study in the future, but for now I intend to knuckle down and enjoy my work.
#1 tip for current students studying your course:
Get experience working in labs. Spend time in your undergraduate degree volunteering to visit labs for work experience. It allows you to learn valuable skills while getting a foot inside the door for the future. A couple of weeks a year can make a huge difference.