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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in crustacean nutritional immunology

Brisbane St Lucia preferred or Bribie Island QLD

Applications are invited for a 3 year CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship to work across the Aquaculture health and nutrition teams to investigate how nutrition can affect immune competence and disease resistance in shrimp.

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job
Number of Vacancies
$80K to AU $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Application dates

Applications Close
4 Jun 2018

Minimum requirements

Minimum Prior Qualification
Doctorate (PhD)
Graduation Results
>85% WAM (High Distinction)
Accepting International Applications
Qualifications Accepted
Agricultural Science & Management
  • Collaborate with world leading experts working at the forefront of Aquaculture nutrition & animal health
  • Offering outstanding career development & professional support
  • Join CSIRO and carry out innovative and impactful research!

The Position:  

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellows provide opportunities to scientists and engineers, who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years relevant postdoctoral work experience.  These fellowships will help launch their careers, provide experience that will enhance their career prospects, and facilitate the recruitment and development of potential leaders for CSIRO.

Applications are invited for a 3 year CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship to work across the Aquaculture health and nutrition teams to investigate how nutrition can affect immune competence and disease resistance in shrimp. A major focus of this role will be in characterising the impact of beneficial bioactive ingredients on crustacean immunity and disease resistance, and how they link with growth and survival in culture, and nutrient requirements.

You will be involved in a project providing large applied industry-funded aquaculture research and extensive research facilities for aquatic animal trials, state-of-the-art analytical laboratories and technical support.   

Your duties will include:

  • Under the direction and/or guidance of research scientists within the Aquaculture health team, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO.
  • Actively contribute to the planning, management, and delivery of research investigations in crustacean immunity, health and disease resistance.
  • Support research projects domestically and internationally focused on the testing, improvement and development of current and new products against pathogens to address commercial needs of our industry partner.
  • Draw on professional expertise, knowledge, research and hands-on laboratory experience to deliver original and complex multidisciplinary experiments.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents, and contribute to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research.
  • Produce high quality client reports and scientific manuscripts suitable for publication in high impact journals.

To be considered you will have:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as crustacean immunology, physiology, virology or microbiology.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in crustacean pathobiology with emphasis on viral and/or bacterial disease responses in crustaceans.
  • Experience in generating and analysing complex multi-dimensional data types, including next generation sequencing and/or microbiome metagenomics. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in cellular and molecular immunology, including DNA/RNA isolation, quantitative PCR, bioassays or western blotting.

Owing to the terms of the fellowship, candidates must not have more than 3 years of relevant full time postdoctoral experience.


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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:  

To apply for this position please include with your CV/Resume a statement addressing the top 3 essential criteria. Please upload these as one document.  

Applications Close:  4 June 2018 (10:59pm AEST)