- Do you have a PhD in Plant Phenotyping, Computer Vision or Machine Learning?
- Work on research to help redesign crop breeding systems
- An exciting opportunity to lead multidisciplinary research integrating expertise
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.
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.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will lead multidisciplinary research integrating expertise in plant phenotyping, engineering, image collection, computer vision, machine learning and recent advances in deep learning to help redesign crop breeding systems. The project will lead to the development of a high throughput digital phenotyping solution applied to selection of disease resistance in Australia’s cotton breeding program, reducing the dependency on manual approaches that currently require $2m of investment each year. This will facilitate development of improved rapid selection methods for host plant resistance to disease, in turn leading to improvements in the disease resilience of cotton varieties. Importantly, host plant resistance reduces the reliance on synthetic pesticides and agrichemicals, reducing the agricultural sector’s environmental footprint and increasing the profitability for producers. The ability to collect disease phenotyping data at a scale at a cost that meets the requirements of commercial breeding programs will enable this solution to be subsequently applied to canola pre-breeding programs.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will be located in Canberra (ACT), with the Plant Phenomics, Computer Vision and Plant Physiology experts. The project will be lead from Narrabri (NSW), where the Cotton breeding program resides and where field experiments will take place. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be required to travel regularly to Narrabri for multi-day field trips to collect data from field experiments.