First listed on: 19 September 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Molecular detection of Bt resistance alleles

  • Are you a highly motivated recent (or near) PhD graduate with expertise in molecular biology?
  • Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship on offer - kick-start your research career
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The Position

Postdoctoral Fellowships at CSIRO provide opportunities to scientists and engineers, who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships will help launch their careers, provide experience that will enhance their career prospects, and facilitate the recruitment and development of potential leaders for CSIRO.

Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for up to three years and will work closely with a leading Research Scientist or Engineer in their respective field. They carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes. They present the findings in appropriate publications and at conferences.

The introduction of insecticidal transgenic varieties of cotton excessing proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) into Australian has allowed the industry to dramatically reduce its pesticide use and is arguably the most important technology the industry uses. However, resistance in the target Helicoverpaspecies is the greatest threat to the continued availability and efficacy of Bt cotton, an issue recognised by the industry and technology providers. Current resistance monitoring relies of bioassays and the detection of resistant phenotypes and there is an opportunity to complement this work using molecular tools.

CSIRO has sequenced the genomes of the pest species and has identified many of the genes involved in resistance. The role of this Postdoctoral Fellow is to design, test and implement a molecular approach to monitoring for Bt resistance. These tools could not only increase throughput in a cost effective manner but also provide opportunities in other projects to further validate ecological components of the RMP with regards to slowing or preventing the rise of resistance to Bt toxins. The molecular information developed will be applied to the Bt resistance monitoring project and is funded jointly by Monsanto, the Cotton Research and Development Corporation and CSIRO. With the use of Bt plants around the world, this research has global relevance.

Location: Black Mountain, ACT
Salary: AU $80K - AU $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years
Reference: 43761

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Entomology, Molecular biology, or Biochemistry. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated capability to conduct innovative research in molecular biology.

  • Evidence of high throughput sequencing experience and analysis.

  • 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.

  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

Before applying, we encourage you to read the full position description for this role. This document can be viewed at:

Position details document

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How to Apply:  To apply, please provide a CV as well as a cover letter addressing the selection criteria in brief, and upload these as one document. If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST Monday 16th October 2017

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