CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomanufacturing Transitions

Date: 9 Feb 2024

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in regional development, economics, human geography, sociology, social science, science & technology studies, natural resource management or similar field?
  • Conduct research to support decision making, planning and investments in Australia’s future bioindustries.
  • Join the Advanced Engineering Biology (AEB) Future Science Platform at CSIRO! 


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.


This Fellowship is funded by the Advanced Engineering Biology Future Science Platform (AEB FSP), where we’re working to catalyse a step change in biotechnology development in Australia and ensuring engineering biology makes a positive difference in the lives of all Australians. Engineering biology creates solutions from nature’s building blocks, to solve our greatest challenges. It can underpin transformative innovations across health, agriculture, energy, and other key sectors. But to harness its full potential, we need to make it faster, more affordable and scalable.  Our research is working to overcome the obstacles that are holding engineering biology back from delivering benefits for society, industry and the environment. We take an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach, partnering with government, research institutions and industry to foster innovation and build capabilities.


The drive for greater sustainability has contributed to significant innovations in biomanufacturing using advanced engineering biology. Critical to supporting these industries will be establishing domestic manufacturing infrastructure and possible future shifts towards more decentralised biomanufacturing hubs or precincts that incorporate circular economy principles to leverage local resources and replace or diversify traditional, resource- and carbon-intensive industries. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of the AEB FSP Interdisciplinary Decision Making Theme and will contribute to a research agenda that considers the opportunities within an emerging bio-economy that can nest within, augment, support or value-add to broader socio-economic and environmental transitions that are already underway in regions (e.g. demographic, climatic, digital). The CERC Fellow will be core to delivering a Horizon 3 research agenda supporting decision making, planning and investments in Australia’s future bioindustries. 

Your duties will include:

  • Performing cutting-edge science to position CSIRO as a scientific thought leader in biotechnology transitions. 
  • Develop new theoretical approaches to understanding impacts on Australian regions with the introduction of niche and scalable biomanufacturing hubs.
  • Explore key aspects of the problem, incorporating comparative analysis, experimentation and/or classification analytics to identify regional profile types and relative readiness of regions to transition to particular bioindustries.
  • Build strategic relationships with relevant scientific, industrial, and government stakeholders.


Location:  Brisbane, QLD or Canberra, ACT

Salary:  AU$92k - AU$101k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  95726

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as regional development, economics, human geography, sociology, social science, science & technology studies, natural resource management. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • A current driver’s licence or the willingness and ability to obtain one.
  • 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


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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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

11 March 2024, 11:00pm AEDT