First listed on: 03 May 2017

FSP Research Scientist - Synthetic Biology - Molecular & Cellular Biologist

  • An outstanding opportunity to apply your expertise to future science
  • Undertake research focusing on understanding protein and RNA transportation from the nucleus and cytoplasm into organelels and endosymbionts 
  • Join CSIRO's innovative teams in the Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform

The Position:

CSIRO is seeking an experienced Research Scientist to contribute to ground-breaking research projects within the Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBioFSP).
The capacity to engineer organelles and symbionts could deliver enormous impacts to industries across the SynBioFSP application domains. Efficient organelle engineering tools have proven to be a major challenge for the synthetic biology community, and their development is a core strategic objective within the SynBioFSP. All evidence suggests that genome editing tools like CRISPR-Cas9 would function in organelles if the component parts could be transported into the appropriate cellular compartments.
In this position you will focus on understanding protein and RNA transport from the nucleus and cytoplasm into organelles and endosymbionts, initially focusing on Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. You will use this knowledge to develop effective tools to engineer the genomes of organelles and symbionts in this and other plant and animal systems targeted within the SynBioFSP.

Specifically you will:

  • Identify and characterise mechanisms regulating intracellular translocation of proteins and RNA between the nucleus, cytoplasm, and organelles/symbionts.
  • Develop efficient genome engineering tools for organelles/symbionts through adaptation of existing tools and/or development of novel tools.
  • Communicate findings through seminars, research reports and publication in high-impact international journals.
  • Make a contribution to the effective functioning of the research team and help deliver CSIRO’s organisational objectives and plans.

Location:      Canberra, ACT
Salary:          $92K - $100K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:        Specified term until June 2020
Reference:   38044

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline area such as molecular biology, cell biology, or biochemistry, with at least 3 years’ relevant postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated capability to conduct innovative research in molecular biology, cell biology, and/or biochemistry.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop experimental plans and pursue novel research approaches.
  • Demonstrated originality, creativity and innovation in solving problems and introducing new directions and approaches.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet performance deadlines under minimal supervision, and to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team to achieve shared goals through cooperation.
  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills, including publications in international scientific journals.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.

Future Science Platforms:   Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are critical to turn Australia’s future challenges into opportunities to invent a better future for us all. FSPs are an investment in science that underpins innovation and that has the potential to help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. FSPs will see CSIRO grow the capability of new generation of researchers and allow Australia to attract the best students and experts to work with us on future science.  They are strategic investments aimed at developing capacity in areas of identified future importance for Australia. FSPs are both impact and science focused, developing innovative scientific solutions with industry, government and university partners. They support world class, coherent and creative research teams which integrate science and delivery over the long term.

Synthetic Biology FSP:   Synthetic Biology (SynBio) is the design and construction of biological parts, devices, and organisms, usually based on DNA-encoded componentry; and their application for useful purposes.   It is becoming widely recognised that SynBio is the next transformative technology. SynBio is an emerging interdisciplinary field representing the convergence of diverse domains, such as biotechnology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, systems biology, physics, chemistry, computer engineering and informatics, electrical engineering, and genetic engineering, among others. SynBio involves modelling, writing, and printing DNA code for the design and fabrication of new biological parts, devices, systems, and machines, as well as the re-design of existing, natural biological systems. SynBio has potential applications in areas as diverse as manufacturing, human health, agriculture and protecting ecosystems.

How to Apply:  Please upload one document only that contains a cover letter addressing the selection criteria outlined in the Position Details Document, together with your Resume/CV.

Before you apply please view the full position description and selection criteria here:  Position Details Document

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, 28 May 2017

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