CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBioFSP): Fellowships Scheme – Call for Applications

CSIRO’s Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform (SynBio FSP) is pleased to announce the opening of the third round of CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Fellowships.

The scheme aims to attract outstanding national and international early- to mid-career postdoctoral researchers (equivalent to Australian 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 more broadly, and linking into international efforts in the field. Research projects must demonstrate an ability to build Australian capacity in synthetic biology.

Fellowships will be hosted at a Host Organisation (usually an Australian University, but other Australian research organisations may also be eligible) and will be 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 across Australia. 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.

Priority Areas

The priority areas for the 2019 Fellowship round are the Health & Medicine and Maximising Impact Application Domains. However, we will consider Proposals across all five Application Domains. There is also a technical priority area: BioFoundry use.

Funding & Duration

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.

Note: these Fellowships require co-funding (1:1 cash commitment) from the Host Organisation, which may be sourced from other partners as well.

The University’s Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) will consider supporting up to 50% cash funding, provided the other 50% is sourced from Faculty funds. Please provide Faculty written confirmation of cash funding, along with a short synopsis (100 words) and brief budget of the proposed research project to by COB Friday 1 February 2019, for Office of DVCR consideration.


  • 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.
  • View the Application Guidelines for detailed eligibility criteria.

Submission Requirements & Due Date

  • Confirmed Faculty cash commitment, project synopsis and brief budget by 1 February 2019
  • Completed applications submitted for internal review by 22 February 2019
  • Please complete your RFR through ResearchMaster. When prompted to Select Fund Scheme use Fund Scheme code FND000219.
  • Submit an Application to Research Services for Review

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