- Apply advanced molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics and microscopy to study the mechanisms of virulence in fungal pathogens of plants
- Excellent development opportunity
- Prestigious OCE Fellowship
CSIRO offers PhD graduates an opportunity to launch their scientific careers through our Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Postdoctoral Fellowships. Successful applicants will work with leaders in the field of science and receive personal development and learning opportunities.
Applications are invited for a three-year OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship in the joint CSIRO/University of Western Australia Molecular Plant Pathology and Legume Genomics Group, a collaborative initiative investigating the molecular basis of plant defence and fungal pathogenesis for several agriculturally important fungal pathogens.
Specifically you will be responsible for:
- Conducting comparative genomics to identify genes relating to host range specificity and virulence in isolates of the fungal pathogen Rhizoctonia solani with differing host range;
- Analyse the function of candidate pathogenicity genes through a combination of proteomics, metabolomics and functional assays;
- Study the role of multiple nuclei within fungal pathogens of plants with regards to host range and the evolution of virulence;
- Provide support and/or supervision of junior staff or students, etc;
- Produce high quality scientific and technical outputs including journal articles, conference papers and presentations, patents and technical reports;
- Develop innovative concepts and ideas for further research;
- Contribute to the delivery of CSIRO’s organisational objectives.
Location: Floreat, Western Australia
Salary: $81K to $88K p.a. plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3 Year Term
Ref No.: WA13/05078
To be considered you will hold a PhD, or will shortly satisfy the requirements for a PhD degree, in a relevant scientific discipline.
You will also:
- Conduct innovative research in plant or microbe biology/biochemistry;
- Develop experimental plans and pursue novel research approaches;
- Originality, creativity and innovation in solving problems and introducing new directions and approaches;
- Work with a broad range of people from varying research backgrounds and evidence of strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to publish the results of scientific research in scientific journals;
- Work independently under minimal supervision while contributing to overall team performance and proven ability to meet performance deadlines during the course of the project.
Owing to terms of the fellowship, candidates must not have more than 3 years of relevant Postdoctoral experience.
Australia is founding its future on science and innovation. Its national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), is a powerhouse of ideas, technologies and skills for building prosperity, growth, health and sustainability. It serves governments, industries, business and communities.
Applications close 2nd February 2014 (11:30pm Perth time).
For selection documentation and details on how to apply visit: www.csiro.au/careers or call 1300 301 509