First listed on: 10 September 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in dynamic, mechanistic, multiscale simulation of microbial systems


The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as Computational Biology, Computational Modelling, Physics, Mechanical Engineering or Mathematics or similar?
  • Be at the leading edge of microbiome research, combining genomic models with physics-based simulation of dynamic systems
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation! 

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. 

The position will be part of the Microbiomes for One Systems Health - Future Science Platform (FSP). CSIRO FSPs address new scientific challenges for Australia.

The Microbiome FSP is developing new understanding of microbiome connectivity across the environment to human continuum and how system perturbations impact on microbiome functionality, diversity and systems health.  A key objective is to capture greater benefit from microbiome interactions through more informative and predictive frameworks for functionality and by targeted interventions.

This is an exciting opportunity for an early career researcher to be at the forefront of leading technology by contributing to the development of a predictive multiscale mechanistic modelling framework for system microbiomes coupling dynamic 3D physics-based simulation (using particle-based fluid dynamics) with microbial metabolic network models. Applications will focus on food processing through to digestion and gut health. The Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) will make a major contribution to the development of this framework as well as undertake simulation studies to identify relationships between: food structure, digestion and changes to host microbiomes; biofilm development and factors controlling microbial colonisation of the lower gut; interpretation of -omics data via spatial and temporal prediction of model gut systems; and more. These models couple dynamic microbial, chemical and multiphase mechanical processes and will be applied to in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro conditions.

Further information:

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 exploring 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: Clayton, Melbourne VIC
Salary: AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 76727

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such as computational Biology, Computational Modelling, Physics, Mechanical Engineering or Mathematics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Proven strong desire to learn new skills and demonstrated initiative.
  • Highly developed problem-solving ability with a demonstrated record in gaining insight into complex physical and/or industrial systems through the application of simulation software.
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to work in, and with, multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Strong organisational and project management skills, including a demonstrated ability to meet demanding deadlines and respond creatively and rapidly to new requirements.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia (visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore candidates) and be able to commence employment by December 2021/January 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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

Diversity and Inclusion

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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

8 October 2021, 11:00pm AEST

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