OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship – Genome Engineering for Understanding Antiviral Immunity in Bats

CSIRO LogoThe Position: 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 Biosecurity Flagship is seeking to appoint a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to be involved in the design and implemention of experiments to understand the innate immune response associated with the control of viral replication in bats.

The research will involve developing genome engineered bat cell lines using the CRISPR technology to knockout specific cytokine genes identified in RNAseq data from virus infected bat cell lines. These cells will be used to further characterise the role of immune genes in antiviral immunity in bats. The work is aimed at a better understanding of cross-species transmission and pathogenesis of bat-borne zoonotic viruses.

Specifically you will:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Develop genome engineered bat cell lines for examining the role of cytokines in antiviral immunity in bats.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents.
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.

Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Salary: $78K to $88K plus up to 15.4% superannuation (pension fund)
Tenure: Up to 3 years
Reference: VIC14/03231

To be considered you will hold a PhD (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as immunology, virology or molecular biology.

Applications close 30 November 2014 (11:30pm AEST).

Full details on this position can be found CSIRO’s website.