First listed on: 15 July 2020

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Fisheries and Environmental DNA

The Opportunity
  • Develop environmental DNA methods to the monitoring of commercial fishing vessels. 
  • Work in partnership with countries across the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation.

As the Postdoctoral Fellow, you will lead the development of environmental genomic methods for monitoring fisheries, including methodological development, implementation of a pilot program, and development of an operational program for a case study fishery.

You will join an internationally recognised team in fisheries science, to work on a project to apply environmental DNA techniques to monitoring fisheries. The Marine Monitoring and Surveillance team is an interdisciplinary group of 25 researchers, engineers, and technicians work on a range of topics related to understanding and addressing the challenges posed by illegal fishing, at national, regional, and global scales.  

Projects in the team range from:
•    developing hydrophones capable of detecting explosions from bomb fishing and alerting authorities in real time  
•    building regional scale estimates of the volume and value of catch from illegal fishing using expert surveys and media analysis together with statistical tools. 


The team is an active and dynamic group, working domestically in Australia, in partnership with countries across the Asia-Pacific region, and globally with international organizations. You will have the opportunity to interact with industry, government and international organization stakeholders, assisting in product development for users, gaining skills in project management, and having the opportunity to take the research effort in new directions.

Your duties will include:
  • Developing environmental DNA methods to the monitoring of commercial fishing vessels. 
  • Delivering papers on environmental DNA topics and the application to monitoring of harvesting.
  • Producing research reports, and software tools based on the analysis developed in the project.
  • Undertaking regular reviews of relevant literature and patents. 

Location: Hobart, TAS 
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Salary:  AU$86K – AU$94K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:   67879

To be considered you will need:
  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, or other relevant discipline. 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 in using genetic or genomic tools to investigate biological systems, including design of field surveys and development of laboratory processes.
  • Experience with real-time PCR and sequencing technology.
  • Demonstrated experience in bioinformatic analysis of genetic or genomic data, including experience with Python, R, or other open source statistical analysis packages.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  •  A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences and publication in peer reviewed journals. 

For more information please view the Position Description.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent and be able to commence in late 2020/early 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

Sunday 16th August 2020 at 11:59PM AEST

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