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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Intelligent Crop Design

Date: 27-Jul-2022

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have PhD in Agriculture, Plant breeding/genetics, Bioinformatics or Computational Biology?
  • Want to develop cutting-edge technologies to deliver sustainable crops?
  • 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.


In this position you will develop cutting-edge technologies, leveraging big datasets and machine learning to design gene editing tools and strategies that will rapidly deliver bespoke crop solutions to grain producers. In collaboration with research partners and industry (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), CIMMYT Australia ICARDA Germplasm Evaluation (CAIGE) and Rebel Seeds), the CERC fellow will interact directly with beneficiaries of this research. Reinvention of the crop breeding process in this project will impact global food security through delivery of profitable and sustainable crops adapted to future climates. 

Your duties will include:

  • Integration of large genomic and phenomic datasets using bioinformatics, analytics and/or simulation modelling, to resolve the drivers of crop adaptation.
  • Design gene editing strategies to improve crop performance in target environments.
  • Conduct controlled environment and/or field trials.
  • Generate, manage and analyse large datasets according to FAIR data principles.
  • Build relationships and networks with industry partners, internal/external stakeholders and the broader research community.


Location:   Canberra, ACT

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

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:   85682

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Agriculture, Plant breeding/genetics, Bioinformatics or Computational Biology. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated skills in the handling and analysis of large genomic and phenotype datasets to resolve the drivers of adaptation.
  • Evidence of programming skills and software design in languages and statistical software packages relevant to biostatistics and bioinformatics (e.g. R, Python, SAS or equivalent).
  • 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 in peer-reviewed scientific journals and 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 Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by 31 January 2023.


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 strive to be inclusive of diversity and welcome applications from those of all backgrounds across society to join our dynamic and supportive team. We ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. For more about our values, see Life at CSIRO


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

31 August 2022, 11:00pm AEST