- Do you have a PhD in nutrition physiology, biochemistry, microbiology or molecular biology?
- Help find the next plant-based alternative protein species to assist with the gowing global food challenge
- Join CSIRO's Nutrition and Health Program in this exciting postdoctoral role
CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate but 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 CSIRO Nutrition and Health Program is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to identify novel micro- and macro-algae species that provide a well-balanced and highly digestible alternative protein source that provides additional functional food components that have metabolic and gut health benefits. The successful candidate will interact closely with world-renowned experts across four CSIRO business units (Health & Biosecurity, Agriculture & Food, Oceans & Atmosphere, National Collections and Marine Infrastructure) and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to build the case for the next plant-based species that will be fundamental in addressing the growing global food security challenge
In this project the Fellow will focus on the following key challenges and deliverables:
- Develop a pipeline to select algal species for use as high-value protein sources
- Generate a thorough understanding of the composition and functionality of algal species
- Optimise growth conditions of target algae species
The innovative research will enable the fellow to work at the cutting-edge of analytical methodology (algal phenomics, metabolomics, proteomics) to identify key algae species from the Australian National Algae Culture Collection (ANACC) and UTS.
Project success would see the Postdoctoral Fellow identify novel algae species that are high-quality protein sources with functional gut and/or metabolic health benefits.
The position will be initially based in Adelaide, but travel to other CSIRO research sites across Australia and University of Technology Sydney will be required.