CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Museum Epigenomics - CSIRO - EducationCareer

First listed on: 10 December 2019

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Museum Epigenomics

The Opportunity
  • Do you have, or will shortly obtain, a PhD in genomics or epigenomics?
  • Develop new epigenomic techniques for use in ancient & degraded museum specimens
  • Join CSIRO and kick start your research career!

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists who have completed their doctorate and will have less than six years’ relevant postdoctoral work experience by the end of their fellowship.  These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.

In this exciting Postdoctoral Fellowship, you will be part of the Environomics Future Science Platform and develop new epigenomic techniques suitable for use in ancient and degraded museum specimens. This Future Science Platform is an investment in environmental genomics that aims to reinvent and create new industries for Australia.

Working with some of Australia’s most valuable historical specimens housed within CSIRO’s National Research Collections, you will support the delivery of projects regarding temporal trends in gene expression change and the organisation of chromatin architecture during periods of rapid environmental change.

Your duties will include
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 
  • Conducting genomic and epigenomic analysis on a range of organisms, with a focus on preserved tissues and other low quality specimens.
  • Undertaking genomic and epigenomic data analysis and developing novel bioinformatic pipelines.
  • Contributing to the maintenance of collection databases and management of associated metadata.

Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Salary: AU$83k - AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term until 30th June 2022
Reference: 64158

To be successful you will need
  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as genomics or epigenomics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3.5 years (or part time equivalent) of relevant postdoctoral research experience.
  • Laboratory and analytical experience in epigenomic techniques involving peak detection, such as ChIP-seq, DNase-seq, FAIRE-seq and/or ATAC-seq.
  • Experience working with challenging sample types including historical, formalin preserved, trace quantity and/or ancient samples.
  • High-level communication skills including the ability to present research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound publication record in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers or reports.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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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


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Please note, as part of the application process you will also be asked to include a brief research statement on how you propose to utilise CSIRO’s National Research Collections for epigenomic research

Applications Close

8th January 2020 (11pm AEDT)