First listed on: 08 March 2019

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human Gut Microbiology

  • Are you a motivated, early career scientist with interest in Human Gut Microbiology?
  • Do you have, or will shortly obtain, a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as gastrointestinal microbiology
  • Join CSIRO and progress your career with our structured postdoc training program

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience.  These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system. CERC Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for three years or part time equivalent.

In this role the postdoctoral fellow will design, initiate and manage research initiatives to investigate the impact of phytochemical-dense foods on the gut microbiome. The project will utilise a range of techniques to determine the nutritional composition of test foods, and to evaluate their effects on gut microbiota population structure and functional capacity (genes expressed, metabolites produced and their interaction with the host). The successful applicant will be involved in all aspects of the project, from planning and conducting experiments to interpreting and presenting data. They will work as part of a multidisciplinary scientific team focused on reshaping the gut microbiome for improved health outcomes.

Your duties 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.
  • Develop, validate and apply advanced molecular and associated technologies for the detection, identification and quantitative enumeration of gut microbiota.
  • Undertake comprehensive evaluation of test foods including (but not limited to) their nutritional content, assimilation in the GI tract (using proprietary technology) and influence on the composition and metabolic activity of gut microbiota.
  • Develop effective operational linkages with other research groups within and external to CSIRO to realise project goals
  • Assist in the management of laboratory and experimental activities, including supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students and laboratory staff.

Location: Adelaide, SA
Salary: $82,450 to $93,280 plus up to 15.4% Superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 60774

To be successful you will need

Essential Criteria:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as gastrointestinal microbiology

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of relevant postdoctoral experience.

  • Demonstrable knowledge of microbiology, including advanced technical skills in applying standard nucleic acid based molecular techniques to characterise the composition and function of microbial communities.
  • A commitment to developing a detailed understanding of the complexities associated with host-microbiome interactions and how these can be manipulated for improved human health outcomes
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.

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

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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 of no more than 2 pages that outlines how your experience meets the selection criteria for this position.

Applications Close

Wednesday 10 April, 2019

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date

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