Postdoctoral Fellowships in Geomicrobiology

  • Are you a highly motivated recent (or near) PhD graduate with an interest in Geomicrobiology?
  • Launch your research career with this prestigious fellowship.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation

The role:

CSIRO offers PhD graduates an opportunity to launch their scientific careers through our Postdoctoral Fellowships. These fellowships provide experience that will enhance career prospects and facilitate the development of potential leaders for CSIRO.

Postdoctoral Fellows are appointed for up to three years and will work closely with a leading Research Scientist or Engineer in their respective field. They carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO with the possibility of novel and important scientific outcomes. They present the findings in appropriate publications and at conferences.

Find out more by viewing the full position description and selection criteria on the CSIRO website

Your duties/responsibilities will include:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Conduct laboratory and field experiments for characterising microbe-metal interactions in regolith environments.
  • Determine the nature of microbial communities in regolith and deep environments via microbial genetic methods.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.

Location: Kensington WA
Salary: $80K - $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Term of 3 years
Reference: 58162

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in Microbiology or a related discipline, with experience and/or an active interest in microbe-metal interactions. Please Note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in molecular ecology of geological samples.
  • Basic knowledge in microbial cultivation under aerobic and anaerobic conditions.
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art microscopy techniques (SEM, TEM), inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) and molecular microbial techniques, particularly linked to extracting and amplifying degraded DNA, characterising microbial communities by next generation sequencing of 16S rRNA and 18S RNA genes and internal transcribed spacers (ITS), and analysing sequence data.
  • Experience in fieldwork and willingness to organise and undertake occasional field sampling in Australia, in remote locations and under variable climatic conditions.


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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.

How to Apply: If you wish to apply for this position, please load your CV and cover letter (Maximum 2MB) via our website at You may also be required to respond to some screening questions.

Applications Close: 11:59pm AEST, 10 September 2018

posted: 09 August 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.