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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Infectious Disease Detection

Date: 27-May-2021

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • Do you have a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as Materials Science or Biomedical Science?
  • Help develop diagnostic tools for early pathogen detection and identification.
  • 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.


Methods to detect and discriminate pathogens effectively are urgently required to facilitate the diagnosis of infectious diseases and to provide guidance for effective treatments. The aim of the project is to provide diagnostic tools with ultra-high sensitivity for early pathogen detection and identification.


As a Postdoctoral Fellow with CSIRO Manufacturing you will work on novel biosensing approaches, including in particular electrochemical approaches. The biosensor device manufacturing will include work at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN).  Moreover, you will work closely with CSIRO’s Infectious Disease Resilience (IDR) Mission which supports national and global efforts to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from the threat of infectious diseases. 

Your duties will include:

  • Develop novel biosensors for the detection of biomarkers and pathogens.
  • Work and communicate with academic collaborators as well as industry partners. 
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 
  • Recognise and exploit opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.


Location:   Clayton, VIC

Salary:  AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 2 years

Reference:   74249

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as such as Materials Science, Biomedical Science or related disciplines.  Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have at least one year of postdoctoral research experience, but no more than 4 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.  
  • Demonstrated experience related to biosensing, and in particular electrochemical biosensing.
  • Demonstrated experience related to bioconjugation techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience related to biomedical devices and biointerfaces.


For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applicants must be Australian/New Zealand citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or Australian temporary residents currently residing in Australia.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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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

28 June 2021, 11:00pm AEST