CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Antimicrobial Resistance

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Geelong, Australia

Job posting number: #7075101 (Ref:cj_71385)

Posted: February 15, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in microbiology, microbial pathogenesis or a field related to antimicrobial resistance?
  • Help address the challenges of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in patients suffering from chronic respiratory diseases
  • Develop your skills as an independent researcher in this emerging scientific field



CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience.  These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.


The Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team including bacteriologists, virologists, cell biologists, immunologists and material scientists to address the challenges of AMR in patients that suffer from chronic respiratory diseases. As more antibiotics have become ineffective, the discovery and development of new antimicrobials, including unconventional therapeutics, to treat bacterial infections associated with biofilms and multi-drug resistant bacteria is an urgent unmet need. There are currently no appropriate animal models for human lung diseases to test new antimicrobials. The PDF will establish bacterial infection models using the 3D human tissue culture models of lung diseases to provide a platform for testing emerging antimicrobial technologies synthesized within CSIRO to treat microbial infections. The work may involve travel to the USA to spend time in a collaborator’s laboratory and gain experience on the commercial applications of their science (pending eased travel restrictions).

Your duties will include:

•    Developing a bacterial infection model using a 3D lung cell culture system to understand host-pathogen interactions.
•    Using the 3D cell culture system for testing new antimicrobials against bacterial infections associated with biofilms and multidrug resistant bacteria.
•    Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
•    Performing research experiments that require originality, creativity and innovation.
•    Producing high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals


Location: Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 71385

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as microbiology, microbial pathogenesis or a field related to antimicrobial resistance.  Please note:  To be eligible for this role, you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Evidence of technical and experimental expertise in bacteriology.
  • Experience in molecular microbiology and biology.
  • Experience with 2D/3D cell culture systems.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


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


Applicants must be Australian/New Zealand citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia.

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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

15 March 2021, 11:00 pm AEDT

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