FSP Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Genomics


3 years


$83K - $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Closing date

18 March 2018


 Oliver Berry


  • Are you an up-and-coming scientist with a flair for innovation?
  • Do you have a great project idea where you can apply your passion for environmental genomics?
  • Join CSIRO's Environomics Future Science Platform (FSP) and be part of the next scientific revolution.

Have you got new and inventive ideas for how genomics can improve environmental science and management, or how new resources can be found in nature? We are seeking up-and-coming scientists with a flair for innovation, taking calculated scientific risks, and a drive to make a difference in the world.

Our natural environment is both beautiful and valuable. Tremendous effort is put into looking after it, but to meet modern demands this needs to be done smarter - based on more information, acquired more quickly and more accurately. Nature is also a source of innovation, and many opportunities exist to capitalise on this for human and environmental benefit.

Just as genomic tools have revolutionised bio-medicine, many opportunities exist to revolutionise environmental science through genomics. CSIRO’s Environomics Future Science Platform is using genomics and bioinformatics to create the tools to support the environmental management of the future, and we are looking for bright sparks to join our team.

As a Postdoctoral Fellow you will work within the Environomics group where you will be mentored by a CSIRO Research scientists and participate collaboratively within the Environomics FSP research program. Also encouraged is collaboration with university, government, and industry partners.

In this role you will conceive, design and implement a research project whilst being mentored by CSIRO, university and/or industry scientists. Your project will complement the existing portfolio of Environomics projects, but will not simply apply existing knowhow to a new case study. Instead, it will develop a new way of doing things – either at the laboratory bench, or in analysis. It may involve re-purposing existing knowledge or tools from another discipline, or it may be something totally new that is generalizable.  Importantly, you will have a vision of how your innovation will make a difference in environmental science.

While it’s expected that the toolkit utilised in this research will be genomics, or possibly other ‘omics technologies, the application domain is unrestricted within environmental science. It may be in fisheries, biodiversity, biosecurity, bio-prospecting, all of these, or another domain altogether.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their CV, responses to selection criteria, and a brief proposal indicating a research program they would like to pursue within the Environomics FSP.  The Environomics FSP may select more than one successful candidate to support.

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as molecular biology, cell biology, molecular ecology, bioinformatics.
    Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • High level written and oral presentation skills.
  • A record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement novel molecular biological laboratory procedures, or to develop novel software or bioinformatics tools.
  • Proven ability to analyse complex molecular biological, population biological or ecological data sets.
  • A record of innovation and creativity in self-directed research.

Full position details and selection criteria can be found on CSIRO's jobs page.

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