CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Giant Kelp: Thermal Tolerance and Genomics

Date: 9 Nov 2023

Location: Hobart, TAS, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in genomics, molecular biology, cell biology, molecular ecology, bioinformatics, population/quantitative genetics?
  • Conduct impactful research through exploring links between genomes, transcriptomes and the phenotype of thermal tolerance in Giant Kelp.
  • Join The Australian National Algae Culture Collection in this 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.

The Australian National Algae Culture Collection in Hobart, Tasmania is seeking a CERC Fellow to join their team to design and implement a technically challenging research project that will explore the links between genomes, transcriptomes and the phenotype of thermal tolerance in Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera). The project is in collaboration with Google, utilising Google capabilities in bioinformatics, modelling, and cloud computing. This project will draw on knowledge and expertise developed through the University of Tasmania and links with a current restoration project led by The Nature Conservancy.

As CERC Fellow, you will use PacBio sequencing to assemble a scaffold-level reference genome, population genomics across the remnant forests, and use Giant Kelp gametophyte strains in lab-based experiments to grow selected individuals and crosses to characterise the phenotype in response to temperature. Genomes and transcriptomes will be used to link genetic characteristics to phenotypes and identify key physiological attributes inherent to thermal tolerance.

Your duties will include:


  • Culture, isolate and genotype Giant Kelp gametophyte cultures, and carry out selective crosses.
  • Isolate high-quality, high-molecular weight, DNA suitable for PacBio sequencing from field collected samples and lab raised giant kelp individuals.
  • Assemble a scaffold-level reference genome for Tasmanian Giant Kelp.
  • Undertake GWAS and TWAS analysis using Google bioinformatic platforms.
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Utilising design thinking methodology to plan and prepare research proposals, and apply non-academic impact methodology to research projects.
  • Recording, managing, and analysing data/information using relevant domain data science techniques.


Location: Hobart, Tasmania

Salary: AU$92,624 - AU$101,459k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

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To be considered you will need:



  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as genomics, molecular biology, cell biology, molecular ecology, bioinformatics, population/quantitative genetics, or similar. 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 ability to design and implement novel genomic, other ‘omic, or bioinformatic procedures in the laboratory or field, or develop novel software or bioinformatics tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse complex biological, population, or ecological datasets.
  • 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.


  • Experience in culturing or working with seaweeds or algae.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, potentially regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.


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.

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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

8 December 2023, 11:00pm AEDT