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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Vaccine Development

Date: 09-Sep-2022

Location: Geelong, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in biochemistry, microbiology, or virology?
  • Contribute to the Immune Resilience Future Science Platform
  • 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.


This position will form part of the Immune Resilience Future Science Platform (FSP). The Immune Resilience FSP aims to harness the fundamental understanding of the immune system to develop novel strategies and platforms that will build resilience in animals to combat disease and parasite challenges.


The successful candidate will lead the development of a vaccine candidate against African swine fever virus (ASFV) using a novel vaccine platform strategy developed at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness to stimulate specific antibody and T-cell responses in a targeted manner. The Fellow will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the project, working with the project team to identify appropriate antigens, optimise vaccine platform components, and develop a prototype to be used for in vivo immunogenicity studies.

Your duties will include:


  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Developing and optimising a liposome-based vaccine platform.
  • Identification and molecular modelling of viral antigens.
  • Producing a prototype ASFV vaccine candidate for use in in vivo immunogenicity studies.
  • Working with the project team to characterise stability and morphology of the vaccine candidate.  


Location:  Geelong, VIC

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

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 88369

To be considered you will need:


  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as biochemistry, microbiology, virology, 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.
  • Experience in the development of vaccines and/or vaccine platform technologies.
  • Experience with standard molecular biology and bioinformatics approaches (e.g., analysis of protein/nucleic acid sequences, design of expression plasmids, etc). 


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens only. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.

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

11 October 2022, 11:00pm AEDT