Future Science Fellowships in Synthetic Biology


Applications are now open for the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowships, an initiative of CSIRO’s new Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBio FSP).

This fellowship is able to be done from anywhere in Australia


A key element of the new SynBio FSP is establishment of a collaborative community of practice extending across CSIRO and Australia more broadly, and linking into international efforts in the field. 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.

The SynBio FSP aims to:

  • Build the foundational capabilities to advance SynBio research, including significant investment in social licence to operate
  • Drive national coordination by making these foundational capabilities widely available to the broad research community, governments, and industry for the development of novel industrial products, pharma, biocontrol agents, and strategies for building ecosystem resilience to environmental change, and
  • Build strong partnerships, collaborations, and connections across the innovation sector to develop these novel products and applications responsibly.

Future Science Fellowships

The Fellowships scheme aims to attract outstanding national and international early-career post-doctoral researchers (equivalent to Academic Levels A and B, or in exceptional circumstances, Level C) to expand Australian research capacity in synthetic biology.

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 across Australia. 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.

Applications close: 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, 27th March 2017.

Further information: for the Instructions to Applicants, Funding Rules and application documents view the Call for Applications.

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