First listed on: 30 July 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Economics of Biotechnologies


The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in engineering, resource, agricultural, green or regional economics?
  • Would you like to apply your research in synthetic biology, precision fermentation, waste valorisation and circular economy?
  • Join our Land and Water team with research supporting the development of the Australian bioeconomy

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.

This position will deliver a transformational approach to maximising the impact of synthetic biology science in Australia and support the development of the Australian bioeconomy. The Postdoctoral Fellow will help to achieve our desired future state of being a global leader in transdisciplinary research and help Australia to become a recognized global leader in social and economic approaches to synthetic biology research, development, and industry growth.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will join a group of economists and social scientists and collaborate with researchers from CSIRO and external collaborators to drive application of economics in biotechnology research and development. In this role, the Postdoctoral Fellow will consider and assess the wider economic impacts of biotechnologies including the economic viability of various natural products and/or biobased materials obtained from bioprocesses and the disruptive potential of new biotechnology on value chains, local and regional economies, and to the nation. The Postdoctoral Fellow will apply their research in the fields of synthetic biology, precision fermentation, waste valorisation, and circular economy.

Our science solutions will integrate economic perspectives in synthetic biology/gene technology approaches to generate responsible, positive, and measurable outcomes for our stakeholders and customers.

Your duties will include:

  • Carrying out predominantly quantitative data analysis and conceptual framing using economic science theories.
  • Developing innovative concepts, theories, tools, and models related to techno-economic research and economics of biotechnologies.
  • Identifying and evaluating the ways selected biotechnology processes interact with the wider economy.
  • Undertaking targeted literature reviews relevant to the specific aspect of work being undertaken as it develops.

Location: Canberra, ACT
Salary: AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 75482

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area across applied economics, such as engineering economics, resource economics, agricultural economics, green economics, or regional economics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Strong background knowledge and demonstrated ability to apply economics in one or more of the following areas: synthetic biology, biotechnology, circular economy, or related fields
  • Demonstrated originality, creativity, and innovation in solving conceptual and experimental problems and introducing new directions and approaches.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to for role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by December 2021/January 2022.

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

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

31 August 2021, 11:00pm AEST

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