- Do you have a PhD in zoology, molecular biology, functional genomics or marine science?
- Significant opportunity to transform the welfare landscape of the global prawn industry
- Join CSIRO Agriculture and Food for this exciting Brisbane-based postdoctoral opportunity
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 CSIRO Agriculture & Food Winanga-y Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. The word Winanga-y (pronounced win-na-gnay) is a cultural asset gifted by the Traditional Owners from 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.
Ablation is the process of removing one eyestalk of the female prawn, to encourage gonadal development by significantly reducing negative regulatory hormones produced by organs within the eye that control gonadal maturation. This practice is used in commercial prawn hatcheries to stimulate female gonadal development and allow predictable, large-volume seedstock supply for farming. However, prawn welfare in Australia and globally is at risk from the practice of ablation. The CERC Fellow will seek to develop multidisciplinary and systematic predictive and interventional tools with potential to promote female prawn ovary maturation and eliminate industrial eyestalk ablation. Alongside, the CERC Fellow will utilise advanced molecular technologies and omics to establish tools that quantify and monitor stress, condition or reproductive potential, as well as define new behavioural assessment metrics for crustacean welfare. This project holds significant opportunity to transform the welfare landscape of the global prawn industry supporting sustainable growth of the Australian prawn industry and establishing new welfare benchmarks.