First listed on: 17 May 2019

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Immunology and Infectious Diseases

The Opportunity

  • Kick-start your research career at CSIRO – Australia’s premier research organisation
  • Play a leading role in characterising a newly-discovered member of the immune system
  • Join a cross-disciplinary team with a track record of delivering translational research

The Position

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.

Our team recently discovered a new member of the body’s cytokine regulatory program. C6orf106, a poorly-characterised gene, encodes a protein that blocks production of cytokines regulating inflammation, antiviral immune signalling, cancer cell proliferation and metastasis. As a Postdoctoral Fellow on our team, you will take the lead exploring the role of C6orf106 in diseases associated with cytokine production and the mechanism by which this occurs

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.
  • Recognising and exploiting opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.
  • Utilising design thinking methodology to plan and prepare research proposals, and apply non-academic impact methodology to research projects.
  • Carrying out research investigations requiring originality, creativity and innovation.

Location:  Geelong, VIC, Australia
Salary: AU$83K- AU$94K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  61593

To be successful you will need

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as immunology, microbiology, biochemistry or molecular biology.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.

  • 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.
  • A track record in studying host-pathogen interactions
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

For details about who to contact and to see the full list of criteria, please view the 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 outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

19th June 2019 at 11.59 AEST

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