First listed on: 30 June 2020

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Collections Chemical Biodiscovery

The Opportunity
  • Use your skills to develop a high-throughput biodiscovery screening protocol 
  • Identify biologically interesting molecules from collection specimens
  • Join CSIRO and kick-start your research career!

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 work with a multidisciplinary team from CSIRO and the University of Queensland to develop and apply novel molecular biology and analytical methods for the discovery of valuable molecules using natural history collection specimens. You will develop a high-throughput biodiscovery screening protocol that will involve the use and refinement of genomics, analytical chemistry and bioassay experiments. 

Your duties will include:
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 
  • Developing a novel high-throughput pipeline for the discovery of valuable molecules using collections specimens.
  • Adapting protocols for the extraction of invertebrate and plant material for genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics.
  • Developing or adapting current pipelines for the characterisation of interesting molecules from various omics data.
  • Testing the properties of invertebrate and plant chemical extracts in various bioassays.

Location: Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT
Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 67861

To be considered you will need:
  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as molecular biology, chemistry, genetics, or evolution. 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 experience with molecular biology laboratory work, including:
    • DNA and/or RNA extraction and
    • Construction of libraries for high-throughput sequencing.
  • Demonstrated experience in bioinformatics for chemical, transcriptomic and/or genomic data analysis.
  • The ability to plan work, manage resources, meet deadlines and deliver project milestones.  
  • High-level communication skills including the ability to present research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound publication record in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers or reports.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain 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 and be able to commence in the role by December 2020/January 2021.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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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

30 July 2020,11:00pm AEST

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