Postdoctoral Fellowship - Molecular Phylogeny

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Postdoctoral Fellowship - Molecular Phylogeny

Job Title:      Postdoctoral Fellowship - Molecular Phylogeny: Optimizing the fit of phylogenetic estimates

Job Number:      4011025 (Ref.#. ACT12/00962)

Application Deadline:     4/6/2012

Job Description

• Undertake novel research with real-world impact and international visibility
• Career development and professional support whilst working in a team of high-calibre researchers
• Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science & technology research organisation

The Bioinformatics & Phylogenomics team at CES, led by Dr Lars Jermiin, is driving the development of phylogenetic methods that go well beyond what current phylogenetic methods are capable of doing in terms of modelling molecular evolution accurately and efficiently. In this context, CSIRO is offering an exciting opportunity for a 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in molecular phylogenetics within the Bioinformatics & Phylogenomics team.

Specifically you will:

• Develop, implement, and test molecular phylogenetic software
• Apply phylogenetic software in research on genomic/transcriptomic data.
• Participate in the identification of further opportunities arising from research and initiate new lines of research.
• Under broad supervision, assist in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carry out investigations requiring originality, creativity, and innovation.
• Present results in a meaningful format and write scientific papers for publication.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Salary: $75K-$82K + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: 3 year term

Ref No: ACT12/00962

To be successful you will have:

• A PhD, or will shortly satisfy the requirements for this degree, in Molecular Phylogenetics or related field (e.g., Bioinformatics, Statistics, Molecular Evolution, or Computational Science), with no more than three years of relevant postdoctoral experience
• Research experience in relevant areas of software development (e.g., using C++, C, Java, MPI, or OpenMP).
• Experience in identifying, developing and/or pursuing novel research approaches.
• Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to publish results of research in scientific journals and to present the research at national or international meetings.


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About CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences

CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences is a globally significant centre for sustainability science. It brings together many of CSIRO’s ecologists, social scientists, agricultural scientists, environmental biotechnologists, systems experts and urban scientists. It applies a multidisciplinary scientific approach to help ensure the sustainability of Australia’s agricultural and forestry systems, built environments, biodiversity, and rural and urban communities and industries.

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For further information and to apply online for the position of Postdoctoral Fellowship: Molecular Phylogeny: Optimizing the fit of phylogenetic estimates please visit our website at CSIRO CAREERS,, choose "Jobs Search" and insert Reference Number ACT12/00962 where indicated.

Deadline: 11.30pm on 4 June 2012.
Contact:      Dr Lars Jermiin
Bioinformatics & Phylogenomics
CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
Clunies Ross Street
Acton, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: +61 2 6246 4043

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