CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genome Annotation

Date: 23 Sep 2023

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Are you an early career researcher looking to start your career in genomics and bioinformatics?
  • Bring your innovation and expertise to the role where you will conduct impactful research within engineering biology.
  • Join the Future Science Platform team in this exciting 3-year postdoctoral opportunity!


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.

CSIRO's Future Science Platforms (FSPs) represent an investment in science that underpins innovation and can help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. The Advanced Engineering Biology (AEB) FSP was established to investigate the challenges holding engineering biology back from realising its positive impact on the environment, society and industries. It is a collaborative research effort working across multiple Future Science Platforms, Missions, Business Units, universities, and national and international initiatives and is hosted in CSIRO’s Environment business unit.

We are seeking a CERC Fellow to join our team and contribute to the project which aligns with major themes of the AEB FSP: Innovative Bioproduction Platforms and Data-Driven Molecular Design: focused on the development of digital workflows and tools that greatly reduce the time and resource requirements for the development of new biotechnological solutions. Genomics is a commonly used tool in this development cycle and requires new innovative workflows and analytical tools.   These workflows will dramatically increase our ability to focus future research on the most promising genes and pathways.

Your duties will include:


  • Building methods to streamline and integrate analysis pipelines alongside ongoing CSIRO wide genome assembly efforts, to build higher quality evidence informed annotation that is less reliant on homology.
  • Incorporating validated and predicted function into the annotation pipelines to develop functional annotation as a new standard for genome annotation.
  • Investigating the potential for long read/spatial transcriptomics, high throughput proteomics and epigenetics to develop a functional and regulatory approach to annotation incorporating splicing and regulation.
  • Collaborating closely with the Applied Genomics Initiative in CSIRO, one of the Asia Pacific’s largest genomics efforts and collaborators to deliver innovative approaches to annotation from numerous datasets.


Location: Canberra, ACT

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

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 93915

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD). The doctorate may be in any relevant discipline area, but the candidate must have strong evidence of expertise in genomics and bioinformatics.  Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise in functional genomics and developing annotation.
  • Demonstrated excellence at developing bioinformatic pipelines, and streamlining them for broad application.
  • 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. 


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.  We recommend you address the selection criteria outlined in the position description and include this information in your cover letter.

Applications Close

26 September 2023, 11:00pm AEST