The CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowships 2019 (Funded)

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Application Deadline- 1 March 2019 – 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time5

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 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.

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 2019 round is the third call funded by the SynBio FSP and will support Fellowships to start by 1st November 2019. 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.


Applications must be submitted by email (see How to Apply for complete list of documentation); receipt of applications will be acknowledged. Applications are first assessed against the eligibility criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to merit assessment stage. Eligible applications are then referred to the selection committee (Assessors) for assessment against the Selection Criteria. The Assessors will be gender balanced consistent with the Government Board Diversity Target. Assessors will be required to declare any real or perceived conflicts of interest during the assessment process. Assessors will not assess applications where conflicts of interest are identified. During the proposal assessment phase, reviewers may request further information from the Applicant or from independent technical experts in the science and research sector.

CSIRO is committed to developing and maintaining a culture that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce. The selection process will at all stages reflect this aim by considering gender balance and research output relative to opportunity.

Feedback will be provided for all proposals. Unsuccessful applicants have the right of appeal against administrative processes employed in the selection process, but not against assessment outcomes. Final project details for successful applications may be modified according to feedback by agreement between the SynBio FSP Executive and the Applicant.

Contract negotiations for the Cooperation Agreement will be initiated as soon as provisional offers are made. The Cooperation Agreement is subject to reasonable negotiation between the Host Organisation and CSIRO. The terms of the contracts must be agreed by the contract deadline below, or the Fellowship offer will be withdrawn.

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