CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Control of Maturation in Atlantic Salmon - CSIRO - ResearchCareer

First listed on: 10 September 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Control of Maturation in Atlantic Salmon


The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in functional fish physiology, animal breeding and reproduction, metabolic pathways or genetics?
  • Do you have a background in aquaculture or livestock production?
  • Join a multi-disciplinary team in this exciting postdoctoral role

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.

We are thrilled to be able to deliver on the commitment we made in our strategy to invest in frontier science with the new CSIRO Agriculture & Food Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. The word Winanga-y (pronounced win-na-gnay) is a cultural asset gifted by the Traditional Owners from the Gomeroi Nation in Myall Vale to CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food business unit to name the new Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Winanga-y means to understand, know, remember, and think.

Control of farmed Atlantic salmon maturation is essential for consistently high harvest quality and to ensure predictable broodstock spawning. This project explores the metabolic pathways involved in maturation using a variety of functional and genetic tools, in order to understand the impact of husbandry interventions on maturation outcomes. We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow with a background in aquaculture or livestock production and

  • Physiology and biochemical pathways
  • Proteomics
  • Transcriptomics and system biology analysis
  • GWAS

This Postdoctoral Fellow with CSIRO will work closely with CSIRO scientists and the Tasmanian Atlantic salmon industry.

Your duties will include:

  • Managing research in collaboration with academic and industry partners.
  • Carrying out novel science that will support breeding and production of high-quality Atlantic salmon around the globe through the identification of important physiological maturation mechanisms that can then be used to ultimately predict and control maturation.
  • Carrying out impactful science that adds to the capability of the CSIRO Livestock and Aquaculture team and explore new and novel future science direction. 
  • 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.

Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Salary: AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 74647

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as functional fish physiology, animal breeding and reproduction, metabolic pathways, genetics. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience in physiological techniques preferably in reproduction, metabolic pathways and feedback loops.
  • 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 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 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. 

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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

10 October 2021, 11:00pm AEDT