First listed on: 01 September 2017

FSP Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Genomics

  • Kick-start your research career
  • Work in partnership with a multidisciplinary team of leading scientists
  • Join CSIRO's dedicated Land & Water team 

The Position

The Postdoctoral fellow will work as part of the ‘Freshwater eDNA node’ of CSIRO’s Environomics Future Science Platform (FSP). Environomics, short for environmental genomics, is a technology platform to see beyond the landscape to its genescape, to reveal and make use of its genetic resources. The fellow will work to develop and apply molecular DNA approaches to aquatic systems, and in doing so, will provide significant scientific advancement in the study of freshwater ecology. The focus of the project will be to develop eDNA approaches that can unravel ecological understanding of aquatic communities, particularly in rivers.

Specifically you will:

  • Develop eDNA protocols that can be used to examine and resolve community structures of riverine biota, from the microscopic to fish.
  • Develop or modify existing molecular approaches that can be used to unravel riverine food webs
  • Carry out appropriate field work to obtain relevant sample material
  • Use new and existing taxonomic data to produce relevant taxonomic information on riverine biota.
  • Where necessary, work with collaborators to improve downstream processing of next generation data sets.

Location: Wodonga, VIC preferred – Canberra, ACT might be considered
Salary: AU $80k - AU $91k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 46343

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as molecular ecology or freshwater ecology
  • Experience in standard techniques used in the lab and in DNA sequencing (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR, visualization of results, maintaining logbooks and databases).
  • Experience in the development, use, and troubleshooting of high-throughput sequencing approaches.
  • Experience in processing, assembling, and analysing high-throughput sequencing data to infer phylogenetic relationships.
  • Experience in planning and conducting field work to obtain diverse riverine samples for community analysis
  • A good understanding of aquatic food web ecology.

*To be appointed candidates must have submitted their PhD by the time they commence, if a PhD has not been conferred.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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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. Find out more! CSIRO Balance

CSIRO Land and Water provides the science to underpin Australia's economic, social and environmental prosperity through stewardship of land and water resources ecosystems, and urban areas. For more information please see our website at Land and Water.

How to Apply:  If you wish to apply for this position, please upload 1 document only containing your covering letter, response to each selection criteria and resume that best demonstrates your ability to meet the requirements of the role.   

To be considered for this position you must submit your covering letter, selection criteria (outlined in the advert) and resume as one document.

Before you apply please view the full position description and selection criteria here:  Position Details

Applications Close: 11:59pm AEST, 29 September 2017

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