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CSIRO Postdoc Fellowship in Microbe Assisted Crop Protection and Novel Biopesticide Discovery


• Undertake research with potential applications in the Agricultural domain and beyond

• Discover natural biofungicide/biopesticide compounds from the unique biodiversity of Australian microbiota

• Launch your career at CSIRO – Australian Science, Australia’s Future!


The position:

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowships help facilitate the recruitment and development of our potential leaders. They provide valuable opportunities for scientists and engineers to launch their careers, extend professional networks and enhance future career prospects.


As a Postdoctoral Fellow with CSIRO Agriculture and Food, you will join the team of Dr Louise Thatcher within the CSIRO Plant Pathology and Crop Genomics group. The interactive group works on solutions to major yield-limiting problems facing the agricultural industry with a focus on necrotrophic fungal pathogens, biopesticides, insect pests and legume genomics. The group’s cluster leader, Dr Karam Singh, and University of Western Australia collaborator, Dr Heng Chooi, will also provide valuable support to you as a CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellow.


In this role you will work towards reducing the negative consequences of pathogens on crops by selecting and characterising robust beneficial biocontrol microbes. You will:


• Gain access to a large CSIRO Actinobacteria endophyte collection.

• Apply novel screening approaches utilising in-planta immune-biosensor output coupled with genomic and metabolomics approaches.

• Focus on the discovery of novel bioactive compounds and underlying biosynthetic gene clusters associated with antifungal compound production and metabolites that can induce plant immunity.

• Realise the untapped potential for novel compound discovery and novel modes of action within the CSIRO Actinobacteria collection.


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As a minimum requirement, you will hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in a relevant discipline area, such as plant or microbe molecular biology or biochemistry. You will also have a strong background in plant, fungal or Actinobacteria molecular biology, and experience with genome mining and molecular techniques for gene/gene cluster discovery and follow-up functional assays. To find out what else you’ll need to succeed in this ground-breaking postdoc role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below. Apply today!


Location: Floreat (Perth) Western Australia

Salary: AU $80K to AU $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: 3 year term

Ref No.: 49130


We recommend that you view the Position Details for this role before preparing your application – Position Details


To be eligible for this postdoctoral fellowship, you must have less than 3 years of relevant research experience since gaining your PhD.


At CSIRO we invent the future. We use science and technology to solve real issues and make a difference to industry, people and the planet. As Australia’s national science agency we’ve been pushing the edge of what’s possible for almost 90 years. Collectively, our innovation and excellence places us in the top ten applied research agencies in the world. We Collaborate to Innovate.


CSIRO provides a diverse and inclusive workplace by focusing on gender equality, support and development of women in leadership, increasing the employment of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and supporting the LGBTI+ community and others with diverse backgrounds. We offer a supportive environment where employee wellbeing is a top priority.


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.


How to apply: If you are interested in this opportunity please submit one document incorporating a resume and covering letter which outlines your interest in the role and your motivations for applying (uploaded under "Resume/Cover Letter"). At the end of the application process you will be asked to enter some brief comments on your relevant skills and experience in relation to this position.


Applications close: Sunday 12 November, 2017 (11:59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time)


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