First listed on: 07 October 2017

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Plant Pathology

  • Are you an early career, highly motivated research scientist?
  • Do you have a doctorate (or just about to get your PhD) in molecular biology, biochemistry or genetics?
  • Join the Brisbane-based Plant Pathology Group 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.

The appointee will work in the plant pathology group based in Brisbane with expertise in the genetics of host resistance and molecular mechanisms of plant defence and pathogen virulence. This group primarily works Fusarium-incited disease of cereal crops such as Fusarium head blight and Fusarium crown rot. The project will apply the recently emerging ribosome profiling technology to Fusarium-wheat interactions to discover novel host and pathogen genes that can be employed to reduce crop losses. Through this project, discoveries will be made around the regulation of gene expression during processes of both host defence and pathogen virulence. It is expected this work will lead to high impact publications.

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, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Establish ribosome profiling technology for application to studies on the interactions between plant hosts and pathogens.
  • Perform novel experiments to further characterise candidate genes or processes discovered using ribosome profiling of plant pathogen interactions.
  • 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:      St Lucia, Brisbane
Salary:          $80K - $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified term of up to 3 years full time (part time equivalent considered)
Reference:    49131

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 molecular biology, biochemistry or genetics.
  • Experience in molecular biology, genomics and/or bioinformatics.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop experimental plans and apply well developed research skills to scientific investigations.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • Experience working or studying in academic, government or industrial research organisations.

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 your CV/Resume, cover letter and statement addressing the selection criteria ensuring you provide 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 document

Applications Close:  10:59pm AEDT, 12 November 2017.

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