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ANU/CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellow (Responsible Innovation in Synthetic Biology)

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Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic

Classification: Level B

Classification: Academic Level B

Salary package: $99,809 - $113,165 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Terms: Full-time, Fixed term (3 years) commencing January 2021

Location: Canberra ACT

Position Overview

The Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) and the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Sciences (CPAS) at the ANU have partnered with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in a collaboration focused on advancing the science and practice of responsible innovation in the broad domains of synthetic biology.

The multi-million, multi-year CSIRO-ANU Responsible Innovation Collaboration is a significant partnership and program of joint research activities undertaken collaboratively with the CSIRO. CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, is focused on creating measurable economic, environmental and social benefits that better our world and Australia’s place in it. This collaboration is recruiting a jointly-funded Postdoctoral Fellow position with RSSS and CPAS in order to develop research capability in responsible innovation in synthetic biology.

The successful applicant will also be appointed as a Visiting Scientist at CSIRO - with opportunities for co-location between ANU and CSIRO - to encourage effective cross-institutional collaboration and provide opportunity to conduct their research in both academic and applied impact-focused research settings. The successful applicant will also benefit from being part of an international network of scholars relating to these issues.

Additionally, the jointly-funded Postdoctoral Fellows will be embedded in high-quality research environments at the ANU and have access to experts in science and society at both RSSS and CPAS. Under the Directorship of Professor Catherine Waldby, RSSS has invested in significant science and society expertise through several senior and postdoctoral appointments. The 2017, 2018 and 2019 QS rankings recognised all RSSS disciplines as within the top 20 in the world, and as number 1 nationally in each case.

The successful applicant may focus on aspects including but not limited to community engagement, public understanding, research ethics, social governance and regulation, environmental impact and sustainability, commercialization and intellectual property, and/or policy formation and advice. They will have the opportunity to co-develop the intellectual and research trajectory of the project in line with their own expertise, and the expertise of their supervisory team.

For further information please contact Professor Catherine Waldby, Director, Research School of Social Sciences, T: +61 2 6125 2449 E:

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

PLEASE NOTE: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country. 

Position Description & Selection Criteria

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