CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowships for Postdoc Researchers Australia 2019
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 post-doctoral 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 the 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 the 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.
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.
Worth of Award
- 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.
Applicants must hold a PhD conferred between 1st July 2011 and 1st July 2019, i.e. no more than 8 years’ post-PhD research experience on the closing date for the applications
- Applicants still enrolled in their PhD program can apply, as long as there is a reasonable reason to believe that their PhD will be conferred by 1 July 2019.
- 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).
- The program is not intended to subsidise currently-employed positions. Applicants who hold a tenure-track/continuing/tenured/ permanent/faculty/indefinite position are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants currently holding Fellowships must relinquish the current Fellowship before taking up a CSIRO Synthetic Biology FSP Fellowship.
- It is a requirement that no Project IP will be encumbered by restrictions or claims of ownership/licence rights/other by a Partner, Co-Sponsor or other Third Party. Funding from other sources which is subject to such encumbrances, therefore, cannot be used to provide matching funding to support the application.
- 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.
How to Apply
- Before applying you should read and understand these application Guidelines and the Application Form in full.
Application packages must include:
- A completed Application Form
- A completed budget prepared using the Budget Pro Forma provided
- A completed Milestone table prepared using the Milestone Template provided
- A CV for the applicant and one for each Mentor, each completed on the CV Template provided
- A letter of support from the host Mentor, one from the CSIRO Mentor, and one from any partner organisations/collaborators.
- The Certification by the Host Organisation at the end of the Application Form should be signed by an appropriate representative from the host organisation (e.g. Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, Director of Research Office, or similar officer).
- Letters of support should outline the strategic alignment of the research project with the host organisation/CSIRO group/partner organisation/collaborator and any expected cash contribution. The Host Organisation Mentor letter should also act as a recommendation and letter of support for the Applicant. Letters should be drafted on the organisation’s letterhead and signed by an appropriate representative. Letters should be 1-2 pages long.
Deadline: All application documents must be assembled, in the order listed above, into a single PDF which must be submitted through the Host Organisation’s research office by email to SynBioFSP@csiro.au, no later than 5 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, March 1, 2019. Please note that some host organizations have earlier deadlines.