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Research Scientist - Human Gut Microbiome

Date: 01-Sep-2021

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU Adelaide, SA, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Use your skills to analyse human gut microbial communities and their role in health
  • Apply statistical, bioinformatic or computational tools to analyse data
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier scientific research organisation

CSIRO is seeking a motivated Research Scientist – Human Gut Microbiome to join the Microbiomes for One Systems Health - Future Science Platform (FSP). The FSPs address new scientific challenges for Australia. 

In this role, you will utilise your gut microbiology capabilities to define critical elements of the human gut microbiome and their metabolic products that are important for maintaining health or predicting disease states. The research will contribute to the ultimate goal of constructing a working model of the ideal human gut microbiome which will lead to long-term health benefits for Australian and global communities.  

The Microbiome FSP is developing new understanding of microbiome connectivity across the environment to human continuum and how system perturbations impact on microbiome functionality, diversity and systems health. A key objective is to capture greater benefit from microbiome interactions through more informative and predictive frameworks for functionality and by targeted interventions.

Your duties will include:

  • Within broad guidelines, carrying out research investigations related to the goals of the FSP, and planning and preparing research proposals/grant applications.
  • Contributing to the development and application of relevant cutting-edge microbiological methods and technologies in the human gut microbiome area.
  • Performing experiments or sampling using biochemistry, cell culture, in vitro fermentation, organoids, small animals, or human interventions and/or sampling.   
  • Applying current and emerging statistical, bioinformatic and modelling methods to the analysis of complex data.  
  • Providing supervision of laboratory and data analysis methods within your areas of expertise


Location: Adelaide, SA or Sydney, NSW (please note if the successful candidate is based in Sydney, they will commence in North Ryde, NSW and transfer to Westmead, NSW in 2022)

Salary: AU$100k - AU$108k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of up to 3 years

Reference: 76412

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as human gut microbiology, applied microbiology, clinical microbiology, microbial ecology or molecular biology. 
  • A strong record of accomplishment in applying advanced molecular and biochemical techniques such as metagenomics and metabolomics for analysis of microbial communities and their activities in humans. 
  • The ability to apply statistical, modelling, visualisation and/or computational tools in relation to characterisation of the human gut microbiome and/or metabolome.
  • A willingness to contribute to research studies involving animals and humans, including the safe handling/processing of biological samples derived from them (e.g. human stool). 
  • A history of undertaking original, creative, and innovative research by generating and pursuing novel ideas and solutions to scientific research problems.
  • Excellent communication skills with a publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed project team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • To be willing and able to undertake interstate and potentially internationally travel as required.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible for this role, you must be:

  • An Australian/NZ Citizen
  • An Australian Permanent Resident or 
  • An Australian temporary resident 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. 

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

3rd October 2021, 11:00 pm AEDT