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Biotechnologist

Study anatomy, physiology and characteristics of living organisms and isolated biological molecules, and use techniques such as genetic engineering to improve the quality and diversity of agricultural products.

Alternative Titles

  • Biological Engineer
  • Biological Technician
  • Geneticist
  • Molecular Biologist

Tasks

  • Study genetic, chemical, physical and structural composition of cells, tissues and organisms
  • Identify ways in which organisms and biological processes can be used to create new medicines, vaccines, foods, fuels and pharmaceutical products
  • Develop diagnostic tools for rapid detection of diseases
  • Use bacteria, enzymes and other organisms for a range of industrial uses, including agricultural production, food production and waste removal
  • Breed animals and plants to create better disease resistance, improved nutrition and accelerated environmental adaptation
  • Conduct research and experiments in genetic modification and biomolecular engineering
  • Use biological engineering processes to create commercially useful biological products, such as biomaterials, chemicals or fuels

Personal Requirements

  • communication skills
  • observational skills
  • enjoy science
  • problem solving skills
  • analytical skills
  • enjoy research
  • ability to work alone or as part of a team

Qualifications

A Biotechnologist requires a degree in biotechnology, science or applied science majoring in biotechnology, available at most universities across Australia. Research scientist or academic will usually require a masters or doctorate degree in the specialist field.

 

Tertiary Education Providers

NSW
Charles Sturt University
University of New England
Sydney University
University of Newcastle
University of Wollongong
University of Western Sydney
Southern Cross University

Victoria
University of Melbourne
La Trobe University

South Australia
University of Adelaide
Flinders University

Western Australia
Curtin University
University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University
Murdoch University

Tasmania
University of Tasmania

Queensland
University of Queensland
James Cook University
Central Queensland University
Griffith University
University of Southern Queensland

ACT
Australian National University

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