First listed on: 14 July 2020

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nematode Systematics

The Opportunity
  • Are you an early-career scientist with interest in biosecurity?
  • Conduct taxonomic research on nematodes.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation.

As the Postdoctoral Fellow, you will contribute to taxonomic research on local and exotic nematodes of the genus Heterodera (Cyst Nematodes). This will involve all stages of the taxonomic process, including review of existing knowledge and specimens, liaison with other researchers in the field, sourcing of additional specimen material, collection of new data, taxonomic evaluation, consolidation into robust conclusions and publication. To fit the research into a wider framework of nematode systematics and biosecurity, and ensure the results of this research will be useful to Australian diagnosticians, you will have, or be able to develop, familiarity with

  • the Australian plant health diagnostic and biosecurity systems; and
  • other nematodes of biosecurity concern (such as Pine Wood Nematodes of the genus Bursaphelenchus).

The aim of the research is to provide a sound taxonomic basis enabling other researchers to develop new and improved diagnostics.

Your duties will include:
  • Conducting taxonomic research on selected nematode genera involving acquisition of specimens, compilation of data and analysis of relationships.
  • Collating materials for scientific presentations on results of work and to inform stakeholders of the work of the team, and present where appropriate.
  • Preparing scientific publications, draft reports to funding bodies and other stakeholders, and presentation graphics for team presentations.
  • Developing familiarity with the Australian and International plant health diagnostic systems, to appreciate their requirements for taxonomy and be able to incorporate the requirements into research outputs.

Location:       Canberra, ACT 
Tenure:          Specified term of 2 years
Salary:           AU$86K – AU$94K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:     67771

To be considered you will need:
  1. A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as nematology, taxonomy, or a related field of biological study. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have at least 1 year of postdoctoral research experience, but no more than 6 full-time equivalent years (or part time equivalent) of experience since confirmation of your doctorate at the end of this postdoctoral term.
  2. The ability to obtain/hold and Australian Drivers Licence and willingness and ability to travel internationally and domestically.
  3. Knowledge or experience in identification or taxonomy or diagnostics of nematodes, insects, other invertebrates and plant pests using different methods.
  4. Experience in working collaboratively and creating professional relationships to achieve project aims.
  5. The ability to schedule and complete tasks according to externally-imposed deadlines independently and ability to manage changing demands.
  6. The ability to collate and summarise data, including interpretation and uncertainty, using an understanding of the project requirement.

For more information please view the Position Description. 


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent and be able to commence in late 2020/early 2021.

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

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Wednesday 12th August 2020 at 11:59PM AEST

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