- Do you have a PhD in synthetic biology, precision fermentation or metabolic engineering?
- Utilise your skills to develop novel Synbio-based platform technologies
- Apply for this unique opportunity to work on a joint strategic project that spans two CSIRO Business Units
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.
CSIRO Agriculture & Food has an exciting opportunity for a new CERC Postdoctoral Fellowship position to develop novel Synbio-based platform technologies that improve secretion of high-value recombinant proteins in the commonly used yeast strain Pichia pastoris (Komagaetella phaffii). To maximize impact and commercial outcomes, the Postdoctoral Fellow will explore several strategies including comparative omics, development of high throughput assays, library screening for novel genetic components that regulate protein secretion and cutting-edge Synthetic Biology engineering to increase recombinant protein yields.
The project is jointly supervised by Thomas Vanhercke (CSIRO Agriculture & Food) and Carol Hartley (CSIRO Land & Water). Not only will the Postdoctoral Fellow have the unique opportunity to work on a joint strategic project that spans two CSIRO Business Units, but they will also be closely mentored by a highly multi-disciplinary team consisting of Senior CSIRO Scientists with world-leading expertise in Synthetic Biology, Precision Fermentation, Food Science, and Proteomics. During the course of their career, the Postdoctoral Fellow will have access to CSIRO’s new BioFoundry facilities and be able to tap into the extensive (international) collaborative networks offered by the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform and CSIRO Future Protein Mission, two strategic multi-disciplinary CSIRO initiatives that are directly aligned with the advertised Postdoctoral research project.
We are thrilled to be able to deliver on the commitment we made in our strategy to invest in frontier science with the new CSIRO Agriculture & Food Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. The word Winanga-y (pronounced win-na-gnay) is a cultural asset gifted by the Gomeroi Nation in Myall Vale to CSIRO's Agriculture and Food Business Unit to name the new Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. Winanga-y means to understand, know, remember, and think.