First listed on: 27 July 2021

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship-Next Generation Wound-Healing Devices Enabled by Machine Learning


The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in chemistry, materials science, biomedical science/engineering or a related discipline?
  • Employ machine learning to discover antimicrobial peptides that promote wound healing
  • Join the CSIRO Manufacturing Team for this exciting and important 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.

Implantable medical devices suffer from adverse tissue responses and infection leading to a significant health risk for patients. This project will employ machine-learning to discover dual-action antimicrobial peptides that promote wound-healing for use in biomaterials to prevent infection and accelerate wound recovery.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work on peptide synthesis, bacterial assay workflows and methods for peptide incorporation into biomaterials. This position is aligned with CSIRO’s Infectious Disease Resilience (IDR) Mission which supports national and global efforts to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from, the threat of infectious diseases.

Your duties will include:

  • Developing novel peptides and materials that markedly accelerate wound healing.
  • Working and communicating with academic collaborators as well as industry partners.
  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Recognising and exploiting opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progressing opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.
  • Utilising design thinking methodology to plan and prepare research proposals, and applying non-academic impact methodology to research projects. 

Location: Clayton, Victoria
Salary: AU$88k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 76244

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as chemistry, materials science, biomedical science/engineering. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Demonstrated experience related to biomaterials and/or biointerfaces.
  • Demonstrated experience related to bioconjugation techniques.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to for role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia and be able to commence in the role by December 2021/January 2022.
The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

31 August 2021, 11:00pm AEST

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