First listed on: 03 May 2017

FSP Synthetic Biology Research Scientist - Sensing Killing Platform

  • An outstanding opportunity to work on future science
  • Undertake innovative research to iradicate the opportunistic pathogen Legionella pneumophila.
  • Join CSIRO's innovative teams in the Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform

The Position

In this role you will be working within a motivated and high performing team to develop a sensing- killing platform that is capable of eradicating the opportunistic pathogen Legionella pneumophila. The platform will be flexible, allowing targeting of other pathogens in the future. Your success in this role will be underpinned by your record of science innovation and creativity, and your ability and willingness to incorporate novel approaches into platform development. The position will work in close collaboration with Aquatic Ecosystem and Public Health Microbiology Team at CSIRO Land & Water located at the Ecosciences Precinct (ESP) in Dutton Park through senior research scientist Dr. Warish Ahmed, with colleagues located nearby at The University of Queensland through A/Prof. Claudia Vickers’ research group, and with collaborators at Macquarie University.

You will establish new research areas and undertake cutting edge research and that will lead to the development of a novel microbial sensing-killing platform within the CSIRO and the collaborative institutions (Macquarie University, University of Queensland)As a CSOF5 level scientist with CSIRO’s SynBio FSP you are expected to:

Specifically you will:

  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will lead to novel and important scientific outcomes under the supervision of senior research scientists.
  • Incorporate novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research.
  • Produce high quality scientific journal articles, technical/progress reports and contribute to research proposals and present at national and international conferences as agreed with team members.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Develop follow-on funding and commercialization pathways involving intellectual property (IP) from the project and related activities.
  • Develop and execute an engagement plan with regulators, industry, environmentalists and the community to evaluate their views on the use of new technologies in the resource sector.
  • Work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed research team, to undertake independent scientific investigation and carry out associated tasks under the guidance of more senior research scientist.

Location:      Brisbane, QLD
Salary:          $92K - $100K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:        Specified term until June 2020
Reference:   38001

To be successful you will need:

  • Applicants must hold a PhD in bacterial synthetic biology, molecular biology, bio- engineering or a related discipline, and appropriate post-doctoral/research experience (at least 3 years).
  • High level written and oral communication skills
  • Strong background knowledge and demonstrated ability to design and carry out experiments, analyse and interpret data in bacterial synthetic biology, molecular biology, bio-engineering or a related discipline.
  • Experience in genetic circuit design and construction.
  • Knowledge of CRISPRi dCas9 technology.
  • Demonstrated originality, creativity and innovation in solving conceptual and experimental problems and introducing new directions and approaches.
  • Outstanding publication record of peer reviewed journal articles and reports in disciplines specifically related to the position.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.

Future Science Platforms:   Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are critical to turn Australia’s future challenges into opportunities to invent a better future for us all. FSPs are an investment in science that underpins innovation and that has the potential to help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. FSPs will see CSIRO grow the capability of new generation of researchers and allow Australia to attract the best students and experts to work with us on future science.  They are strategic investments aimed at developing capacity in areas of identified future importance for Australia. FSPs are both impact and science focused, developing innovative scientific solutions with industry, government and university partners. They support world class, coherent and creative research teams which integrate science and delivery over the long term.

Synthetic Biology FSP:   Synthetic Biology (SynBio) is the design and construction of biological parts, devices, and organisms, usually based on DNA-encoded componentry; and their application for useful purposes.   It is becoming widely recognised that SynBio is the next transformative technology. SynBio is an emerging interdisciplinary field representing the convergence of diverse domains, such as biotechnology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, systems biology, physics, chemistry, computer engineering and informatics, electrical engineering, and genetic engineering, among others. SynBio involves modeling, writing, and printing DNA code for the design and fabrication of new biological parts, devices, systems, and machines, as well as the re-design of existing, natural biological systems. SynBio has potential applications in areas as diverse as manufacturing, human health, agriculture and protecting ecosystems.

How to Apply:  Please upload one document only that contains a cover letter addressing the selection criteria outlined in the Position Details Document, together with your Resume/CV.

Before you apply please view the full position description and selection criteria here:  Position Details Document

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, 28 May 2017

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