CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Systems Biology

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7075223 (Ref:cj_71386)

Posted: February 18, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Opportunity


  • Are you ready for the next step in your career?
  • Broaden your experiences by working across a transdisciplinary project
  • Join CSIRO and support Australia's premier scientific organisation!


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.


In this position you will undertake research in work across several specialist scientific areas (multiomics, bioinformatics, biochemistry) in multiple CSIRO laboratories, in addition to working at collaborator institutions. This will ensure the successful candidate has access to state-of-the-art technologies and bioinformatics techniques in the field of environmental systems biology. This will help broaden your experiences and develop deeper professional networks. The collaborative nature of the project provides a unique opportunity for the Fellow to become engaged with various scientific, cultural and organizational structures, enabling you to become a truly cross-disciplinary science leader.

Your duties will include:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative and impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes that include:
    • A multi-omic analysis of the degradation of natural and anthropogenic fluorinated compounds in soils and invertebrate herbivores in natural systems
    • Laboratory based analysis of the capacity of plants, soils and invertebrate herbivores to degrade  and take up fluorinated compounds.
    • Biochemical investigation of candidate organisms and enzymes to identify mechanisms of degradation.


Location: Black Mountain, ACT or Brisbane, QLD

Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 71386

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Environmental Science, Biochemistry or Systems Biology.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

  • Demonstrated bioinformatics experience in metagenomics, metabolomics- and/or proteomics-based research. Experience in other omics-based approaches, such as transcriptomics, will be advantageous.  Professional (contracted consultancy work) and non-professional (academic) experience at a university will be considered.
  • Prior experience with method development and preparation strategies applied to system biology workflows and/or environmental samples.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • 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.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents relative to opportunity.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


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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

Monday 15 March 2021, 11:00pm AEST

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