- Do you have a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as microbiology or microbial genomics?
- Exciting opportunity to focus on food chain impacts on the microbiome of fresh produce
- Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!
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.
The position will be part of the Microbiomes for One Systems Health - Future Science Platform (FSP). CSIRO FSPs address new scientific challenges for Australia.
The Microbiome Future Science Platform (FSP) is developing new understanding of microbiome connectivity across the environment to human continuum and how system perturbations impact on microbiome functionality, diversity and systems health. A key objective is to capture greater benefit from microbiome interactions through more informative and predictive frameworks for functionality and by targeted interventions. Capacity to directly manipulate microbiomes across hosts and environments will provide new opportunities for bio-based solutions to be developed and applied to improve host and environmental health and for increased benefit to plants, animals and humans.
The portfolio of research within the Microbiome FSP is focussed around new science that address; systems connectivity, predictive frameworks and deliberate Interventions through the application of multi-omic tools to analyse point and system level change and associated measures of functionality both within and across interconnected biomes. This includes integration and analysis of multi-layered data and use of empirical and/or statistical modelling. The science portfolio of the FSP spans multiple CSIRO Business Units that address key focal areas that include; i) Environment, Soil & Plant Health, ii) Food Chain & Production ii) Diet, Gut and Health and iv) Optimized Industry & Urban Processes.
As part of a broader food system microbiome project team, this is an exciting opportunity for a CERC Postdoctoral Fellow to focus on how food chain factors (e.g. production, harvest, washing, packing, storage conditions etc) impact on the microbiome of fresh produce. They will also look at developing interventions to produce the ‘ideal microbiome’ for promoting the safety and shelf life of fresh produce. The Fellow will work across the food chain and with other CERC Postdoctoral Fellows looking at the interconnectivity from the phyllosphere microbiome through to human gut microbiomes. This will include working with other researchers to understand through chain microbiome dynamics, develop food microbiome model systems through experimentation with “designer” communities and provide input into simulated microbiome models. The Fellow will also support activities focussed on understanding microbiome interactions and impacts of food structure and functionality on the human gut microbiome and explore the connectivity across the environment-food-gut system continuum. Outputs will lead to the development of food system interventions and microbiome manipulation to improve food system assurance and public health benefits. https://research.csiro.au/microbiome/