- Do you have a PhD in enzymology, biochemistry, protein chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology or analytical chemistry?
- Access state-of-the-art high throughput technologies and bioinformatics techniques in the field of systems biology and environmental omics
- Great opportunity to work across multiple CSIRO laboratories in this exciting 3-year postdoctoral role
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.
Wax moth larvae are known to eat polyethylene, the most heavily used but most recalcitrant type of plastic. This project aims to elucidate the catabolic pathway of polyethylene degradation in wax moth, clone and biochemically characterize the cognate gene-enzyme systems and transfer them to black soldier fly-based bioremediation/composting systems.
Within the team, there is expertise in insect biology, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics so candidates with skills across the spectrum wet laboratory-based enzymology, biochemistry, protein chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and analytical chemistry, will be considered. Of particular interest are candidates with experience in novel gene-enzyme discovery from insects and their genetic modification.
The project on offer is transdisciplinary in nature and requires the application of knowledge and skills from several specialist scientific areas (enzymology, biochemistry, protein chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and analytical chemistry). The CERC Fellow will have the opportunity to work across multiple CSIRO laboratories, in addition to working at collaborator institutions (national and international). This will ensure the CERC Fellow has access to state-of-the-art high throughput technologies and bioinformatics techniques in the field of systems biology and environmental omics. This will help broaden the CERC Fellow’s experiences and develop deeper professional networks. The collaborative nature of the project provides a unique opportunity for the CERC Fellow to become engaged with various scientific, cultural and organizational structures, enabling them to become a truly cross-disciplinary leader.