OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship in genetics in “Managing our biodiversity: new tools to estimate population size“, CSIRO, Australia

CSIRO offers PhD graduates an opportunity to launch their scientific careers through our Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Postdoctoral Fellowships. Successful applicants will work with leaders in the field of science and receive personal development and learning opportunities.

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship is seeking to appoint a highly motivated quantitative geneticist, to extend and apply recently developed Close-kin Mark Recapture methods to estimate abundance and other population parameters.  The particular focus of the postdoctoral fellow will be developing and extending genotype-by-sequencing methods for identifying related pairs of individuals in large samples from marine populations.


  • Under the direction of the Project Leader, evaluate a range of genetic techniques and their utility for close-kin mark-recapture applications.
  • Develop and apply close-kin methods for new species using next generation sequencing techniques and genome complexity reduction.
  • Develop and trial genetic and statistical techniques to detect close-kin, using low-cost approaches to coarse-level genome assembly.
  • Investigate the use of genetic methods to estimate age of fish and sharks.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIROs reputation.

Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Salary: $78K to $88K plus up to 15.4% superannuation (pension fund)
Tenure: 3 years
Reference: TAS15/01147

To be successful in this position you will have:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in genetics and evidence of original work in this field.
  • Experience in Next-Generation Sequencing for SNP-based genotyping.
  • Experience in sequencing and interpretation of whole mitogenomic data.
  • Experience with genetic analyses for population discrimination and connectivity.
  • Ability to work in a team environment. Cooperates with others to achieve organisational objectives, sharing team resources.  Ability to collaborate with other teams as well as industry colleagues.

Owing to terms of the fellowship, candidates must not have more than 3 years of relevant Postdoctoral experience.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is one of the largest and most diverse scientific organisations in the world.

Last date: 31 May 2015 (11:30pm AEST)

Further description and selection criteria: click below

Position Details TAS15/01147

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