First listed on: 29 September 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Are you an early career, highly motivated research scientist wanting to make a difference?
  • Carry out innovative research important for Atlantic salmon aquaculture.
  • Work in a cross-disciplinary environment within CSIRO Agriculture & Food!

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.

Pilchard orthomyxovirus (POMV) is emerging as a viral disease of concern to the Tasmanian Atlantic salmon industry. Research is required to gain a better understanding of immune response and host-pathogen interaction between this virus and its Atlantic salmon host. The postdoctoral fellow will conduct a multidisciplinary study to profile the innate immune response of Atlantic salmon to sub-clinical and clinical infection from POMV.

The successful postdoctoral fellow will utilise holistic system based approaches including RNAseq based transcriptomics and proteomics, combined with traditional molecular biology and microscopy to define the molecular events that underpin POMV infection. 

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Find out more here! Balance

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Develop multidisciplinary ‘omics’ based approaches to study the host pathogen interaction between Atlantic salmon and endemic Australian viruses.
  • Evaluate immunological markers associated with sub-clinical and clinical viral infection within Atlantic salmon.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.

Location: Hobart, TAS, Australia
Salary: $80K - $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 47629

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate (or you will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Genomics, Virology or Immunology, with a focus on either aquatic or terrestrial animal science.  
  • Experience in traditional molecular biology techniques including RNA/DNA extractions, PCR, cloning, sequencing and Western blotting.
  • Experience in either genomic or transcriptomic methods, including experimental design, sample preparation/analysis and bioinformatics.
  • Experience or demonstrated knowledge of traditional/molecular virology, or host-pathogen interactions.
  • Sound knowledge of immune responses within aquatic or terrestrial animals.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international conferences.

Owing to the terms of the fellowship, candidates must not have more than 3 years of relevant full time postdoctoral experience.

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

How to Apply: Please upload one document only containing both your CV/Resume and cover letter providing enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability. If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Before you apply, please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position Details

Applications Close: 11:59pm AEDT, 29th October 2017.

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