First listed on: 11 May 2023

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Integrative Taxonomy of Australian Beetles


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The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in systematic entomology?
  • Do you want to conduct innovative research on auger and furniture beetles?
  • Join the Australian National Insect Collection team in Canberra!

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.

We have an opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to join the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) and collaborate with a team of research scientists in delivering a research project on Australian auger and furniture beetles for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).

The National Collections and Marine Infrastructure is a unique worldwide hub for Natural History Research that covers basic science through its application and includes large plant and animal research collections, significant marine infrastructure and the Atlas of Living Australia.  The ANIC is the largest collection of Australian insects, mites and nematodes. ANIC staff conducts world class research on invertebrate taxonomy, systematics, genomics, diagnostics, biology and ecology.

Your duties will include:

  • Leading and executing a research project which includes:
    • an integrative taxonomic revision of the Australian auger and furniture beetles in Australia.
    • the generation of genomic and associated DNA barcode data to identify adults and larvae of Australian auger (Bostrichidae) and furniture (Ptinidae: Anobiinae) beetles.
    • developing morphological keys to the adult species of Bostrichidae and adult genera of Ptinidae: Anobiinae of Australia.
    • creating diagnostic resources for use in Australian border activities for distinguishing adult "auger and furniture beetles of biosecurity interest" from local genera.

Location: Black Mountain, ACT
Salary: AU$92k - AU$101k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 92348

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as systematic entomology. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement systematic research projects on beetles (Coleoptera) at significant scale with appropriate methods, including revisions, description of novel taxa and creating identification keys. 
  • Demonstrated experience with molecular research including complex phylogenomic analyses and laboratory work (i.e. DNA sampling, extraction, sequencing preparation).
  • Demonstrated fieldwork experience.
  • A current Australian driver’s licence or the ability to obtain one.
  • 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 view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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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

9 June 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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