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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bacteriophages mediated mobilisation


The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as Microbiology (with a focus on bacterial/viral genomics), Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics or similar?
  • Exciting opportunity to work on new science that addresses systems connectivity, predictive frameworks and deliberate Interventions through the application of multi-omic tools 
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research 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.

The position will be part of the Microbiomes for One Systems Health – Future Science Platform (FSP). CSIRO FSPs address new scientific challenges for Australia.

The Microbiome FSP is developing new understanding of microbiome connectivity across the environment to human continuum and how system perturbations impact on microbiome functionality, diversity and systems health.  A key objective is to capture greater benefit from microbiome interactions through more informative and predictive frameworks for functionality and by targeted interventions. Capacity to directly manipulate microbiomes across hosts and environments will provide new opportunities for bio-based solutions to be developed and applied to improve host and environmental health and for increased benefit to plants, animals and humans.

The portfolio of research within the Microbiome FSP is focussed around new science that address; systems connectivity, predictive frameworks and deliberate Interventions through the application of multi-omic tools to analyse point and system level change and associated measures of functionality both within and across interconnected biomes. This includes integration and analysis of multi-layered data and use of empirical and/or statistical modelling.  The science portfolio of the FSP spans multiple CSIRO Business Units that address key focal areas that include; i) Environment, Soil & Plant Health, ii) Food Chain & Production ii) Diet, Gut and Health and iv) Optimized Industry & Urban Processes.

Further information:

Your duties will include:

  • Conducting studies to identify and characterise role of bacteriophages of Enterobacteriaceae in mobilisation of antibiotic resistance genes.
  • Developing innovate concepts, tools and techniques for genomic data analysis.
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Producing high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in high impact peer-reviewed journals, conference papers/presentation, and blog posts as required.
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues within your team, the business unit and across CSIRO.
  • Recording, manage, and analyse data/information using relevant domain data science techniques.
  • Proactively undertaking development to grow effective researcher capabilities to support career goals.

Location: Brisbane, QLD

Salary: AU$88k – AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 77015

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 (with a focus on bacterial/viral genomics), Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics or similar. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Highly motivated and ambitious about the challenge of antimicrobial resistance and bacterial pathogens.
  • Evidence of technical and experimental expertise in wet-lab research (molecular biology, microbiology, bacteriophage and/or virus research, etc.).
  • Previous experience in bioinformatics and genetic analysis of microorganisms.
  • Ability to thrive in a cross-cutting, multidisciplinary research environment.
  • 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.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
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To be eligible you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia (visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore candidates) and be able to commence employment by December 2021/January 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.


At CSIRO Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

23 September 2021, 11:00pm AEST

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