CSIRO post-doctoral fellowship in virus replication

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

geelong, Australia

Job posting number: #7055922 (Ref:60096)

Posted: February 13, 2019

Application Deadline: March 26, 2019

Job Description

The Opportunity

•Are you a motivated, early career scientist with interest in how virus exploit host molecules for their replication?
•Do you have, or will shortly obtain, a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as microbiology, biochemistry or molecular biology?
•Join CSIRO and progress your career with our structured postdoc training program

Viruses are obligate pathogens that cannot infect or cause disease without hi-jacking host elements for their own benefit. Our team recently discovered that fibrillarin, a host cellular enzyme, is essential for the growth of many important viruses- including measles virus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Hendra virus. The post-doctoral fellow will join a team with expertise in virology and molecular biology to determine how fibrillarin facilitates virus infection and illuminate a cellular pathway as a target for novel antiviral therapies. The PDF will:

Your duties 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.
Undertake studies in host-virus interactions to understand the role of fibrillarin in the virus replication cycle.
Carry out autonomous research to produce high quality scientific and/or engineering input into professional client reports.
Publish and present work at conferences as agreed with your supervisor.
Make a contribution to the effective functioning of the research team and help deliver CSIRO’s organisational objectives and plans.
Undertake an appropriate training and development program developed by CSIRO.

Location: Geelong, VIC

Salary: $82,450 to $93,280 plus up to 15.4% Superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 60096

To be successful you will need

Essential Criteria:
•A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as microbiology, biochemistry or molecular biology

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of relevant postdoctoral experience.
•A record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals.
•High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international conferences.
•The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.

Desirable Criteria:
•Research experience in the study of virus infection cycles, particularly replication
•Experience working with viruses under biocontainment conditions

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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


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

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Applications Close

Tuesday 26 March, 2019

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