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CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowships @ Australia

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If you are looking for fellowship opportunities that are available abroad in countries like Australia, then check out the details posted for PhD candidates in a CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowships scheme below:


The CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowships scheme is funded through the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBio FSP). The scheme aims to attract outstanding national and international early- to mid-career postdoctoral researchers (equivalent to Academic Levels A and B, or in exceptional circumstances, Level C) to expand Australian research capacity in synthetic biology. A key element of the SynBio FSP is establishment of a collaborative community of practice extending across CSIRO and Australia, and linking into international efforts in the field.

Fellowships will be hosted at a Host Organisation (usually an Australian University, but other Australian research organisations may also be eligible). The Fellowships program is a partnership between the Fellow, CSIRO, and the Host Organisation. Fellows will be employed by the Host Organisation but will maintain a strong linkage to CSIRO through a partnering CSIRO Mentor(s) and various joint activities designed to support development of a synthetic biology community of practice. Fellows will have a Visiting Scientist appointment at CSIRO and may spend a portion of time physically located within a CSIRO research group if appropriate for the Fellowship project.

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The Fellowships are co-funding agreements, requiring a 1:1 cash commitment from the Host Organisation (and/or other funding sources) to match the cash commitment from the SynBio FSP. The Fellowships will provide three years of funding (salary and operating expenses) to be administered by the Host Organisation. Operating expenses may be used for experimental costs, equipment, travel, and other expenses directly related to the CSIRO Future Science Fellow’s research. A host organisation financial commitment must be provided in order for the proposal to be assessed.

The SynBio FSP is built on a philosophy of responsible development of synthetic biology technology, striving for ethical outcomes and working within the bounds of social acceptance. Project proposals in the social sciences, as well as in lab-based research, are encouraged.

The 2018 round is the second call funded by the SynBio FSP and will support Fellowships to start by 1stNovember 2018. Further calls under this scheme may be made in the future pending funding arrangements and prior success of the CSIRO-Partner Organisation collaboration. Fellowships will be funded for three years.


  • Applicants must hold a PhD conferred between 1st July 2010 and 1st July 2018, i.e. no more than 8 years’ post-PhD research experience on the closing date for the applications
    • Allowances will be made for career interruptions. Space is provided to note career interruptions on the CV Template provided
    • Eligible career interruptions are defined as: carer’s responsibility; disruption due to international relocation for post-doctoral studies or other research employment not exceeding three months per international relocation; illness; maternity or parental leave; unemployment and/or non-research employment not concurrent with research employment
    • Periods of career interruption must occur between the PhD award date and the closing time for submission of applications
  • For University-hosted applicants: The scheme is open to researchers at Academic Levels A and B. In exceptional circumstances funding for a level C position may be approved for a truly outstanding candidate. Applicants must apply at the same or higher academic level to that which they are currently employed (i.e. applicants cannot apply at a lower academic level). Applicants who hold a continuing/tenured/permanent/faculty/indefinite position are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants may be Australian or international; international applicants will be responsible for ensuring that they are eligible to apply for a visa to work in Australia
  • For the duration of the appointment, Fellows are expected to reside in Australia and be employed by an Australian Host Organisation
  • It is a requirement that applicants address project ethical and social licence to operate aspects adequately in the application form.
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Important Dates:

  • Applications open : 10th January 2018
  • Applications close : 5th March 2018 – 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time
  • The following are indicative dates, subject to change depending on the duration of the assessment process:
  • Notification of outcomes : 2nd April 2018
  • Deadline for contract agreement : 30th May 2018

Application Deadline:

The scheme opened on 10th January 2018. Applications must be submitted through the Host Organisation’s Research Office by 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, 5th March 2018.

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