CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Virology and Proteomics

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7099276 (Ref:cj_83196)

Posted: May 3, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in Virology, Cell Biology and/or Biochemistry?
  • Want to conduct world class research and development with a team of dedicated professionals?
  • 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 successful candidate will be an integral part of the Rabbit Biocontrol team at Black Mountain. Lagoviruses such as the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) are the most virulent viruses known to affect vertebrates. The release of RHDV in Australia has made lasting and important contributions to the control of feral rabbit populations.


This project aims to identify the viral receptor(s) that are likely responsible for the tissue tropism and species specificity of lagoviruses, utilising advances in rabbit organoid cultivation, to further our understanding of the molecular biology of this virus. The CERC Fellow will have the opportunity to gain valuable skills in advanced ex-vivo culture systems, and further their skills in proteomics.

Your duties will include:


  • Developing key skills in advanced organoid cell cultures and proteomics
  • Identifying viral receptors that are likely responsible for the tissue tropism and species specificity of lagoviruses
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • 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
  • Maintaining existing and establish new research networks, by working with a diverse and multidisciplinary collaborative team that includes quantitative proteomics experts at CSIRO Biomedical Manufacturing and virologists at the University of Canberra.


Location: Canberra, ACT

Salary: AU$89k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 83196

To be considered you will need:


  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as virology, cell biology, biochemistry, or similar.  Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in molecular virology (e.g., cloning, site-directed mutagenesis) and cell biology (e.g., conventional cell culture, organoid culture, immunofluorescence, confocal microscopy).
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in proteomics sample preparation, quantitative mass spectrometry and downstream data analysis


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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 June 2022, 11:00pm AEST

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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Job posting number:#7099276 (Ref:cj_83196)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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