First listed on: 15 February 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genomics and Advanced Breeding

The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in quantitative/statistical genetics, genomics, bioinformatics or computational biology?
  • Contribute to the discovery of new genomics understanding in Tasmanian salmon
  • Be part of the team improving the best practices for the use of genomics in the applied breeding domain

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.

Genomics continues to rapidly advance biological knowledge across a range of diverse species and to revolutionise breeding activities for more sustainable, resilient and productive plants and animals. Key to achieving accurate and maximal outcomes from such activities is exact and representative data for the species or population under investigation along with customisable and adoptable technologies that can fully harness the available information for the transformation of industry practises and outcomes.

The availability of extensive breeding and genomics data coupled with recent advances in sequencing technologies and CSIRO’s creation of new relevant genomic resources provide the crucial opportunity to uncover new biological knowledge while evolving technology breeding platforms within the aquaculture domain using Tasmanian salmon as the exemplar.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the discovery of new genomics understanding, both structural and functional, in Tasmanian salmon and to the utilisation of this information for research into new genomics tools and methodologies to deliver impactful breeding outcomes in salmon while also improving the best practices for the use of genomics in the applied breeding domain more generally.

Your duties will include:

  • Contributing to the development of innovative concepts, approaches and methods for the successful use of genomics information in advanced breeding applications.
  • Uncovering new biological information about genomic structural differences of Tasmanian salmon and exploring the consequences of these differences on biological and breeding outcomes.
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Recognising and exploiting opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progressing opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.
  • Utilising design thinking methodology to plan and prepare research proposals, and applying non-academic impact methodology to research projects.

Location:  Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT preferred (other locations considered)
Salary: AU$86k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 71361

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as quantitative/statistical genetics, genomics, bioinformatics or computational biology.  Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience in the management and manipulation of large genomics and sequence data sets.
  • An understanding of the use of genomics in applied breeding settings and an interest in the improvement of current approaches.
  • Programming experience in R or Python, or a demonstrated ability to learn computer languages easily.
  • 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.

For full details about this role please review 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.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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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

15 March 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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