Our CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship program aims to enhance the research capability of PhD graduates so that they are better able to pursue a career in research and to develop future leaders of the innovation system. View and apply for the latest opportunities now!

About our CERC Postdoctoral Fellowships

At CSIRO, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We want CERC Postdoctoral Fellows to join our world class science, engineering, and digital teams to solve these big, complex problems that make a real difference to the future of Australia and the world. We're committed to the development of the next generation of leaders of the innovation system. Our CERC Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides recent PhD graduates in many science and engineering disciplines with the opportunity to gain experience in one of our world class laboratories. You'll get to work with some of the most talented minds in their fields, not just in Australia, but in the world. At CSIRO, we spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate closely to achieve more than we could individually.

We have developed a CERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Employee Value Proposition to differentiate our program from other Postdoctoral Fellowships, improve our CERC Postdoctoral Fellow’s experience, and attract new capability to invest in world class science, engineering and digital research for Australia’s future. Check out why you should choose our CSIRO Early Research Career Postdoctoral Fellow Experience [pdf · 1mb].

Here's what you need to know

Dr Lars Kamphuis in the genomics laboratory

Dr Lars Kamphuis completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2010 and continues to work at CSIRO  ©CSIRO, Carl Davies

We are always recruiting for CERC Postdoctoral Fellows. We have two main recruitment campaigns each year, usually in May and October, and additional opportunities are advertised throughout the year.

CERC Postdoctoral Fellows can undertake research in any of our Business Units, the Future Science Platforms, or in the National Facilities and Collections that we manage.

Check our CERC Postdoctoral Fellows career listing regularly to view the latest opportunities.

What our CERC Postdoctoral Fellowship can offer you

Our program provides:

  • A  differentiated career development program to deliver capability excellence and breadth across all facets of the national innovation system.
  • Research training via strategic research and development projects with a clear focus that will deliver real impact through science and engineering excellence.
  • An innovative culture supporting the development and demonstration of original thinking and expertise leading to peer-recognition.
  • Opportunities to develop skills and experience in collaborative research teams to effectively work within national and global multi/transdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder environments.

Our CERC Postdoctoral Fellowship program offers you more than just technical training. The program is intended to enhance your research capability through a strong focus on your professional development. You will develop a CERC Learning and Development Plan in consultation with your supervisor around the time of commencement, with the aim to develop your capabilities to those expected of an independent researcher and future leader of the innovation system. The CERC Learning and Development Framework includes defined opportunities to build your knowledge, skills, experience, and professional standards which encompass on-the-job tasks, social learning and formal training opportunities.

The duration of a CERC Postdoctoral Fellowship is three years full-time or equivalent, with a minimum of two years in special circumstances, allowing for breaks or part-time pro-rata considerations.

Requirements and eligibility

With more than 5,500 experts based in 55 local and international centres, extensive local and international networks, and a burning desire to get things done, we are Australia's catalyst for innovation and a global force in transforming imagination into reality.

CERC Postdoctoral Fellowships are available to applicants who have attained a PhD degree or who have submitted a doctoral thesis and are awaiting conferral. If you have undertaken a Postdoctoral Fellowship at a university or another research institution, your total relevant work period since confirmation of your doctorate must not exceed six full-time equivalent years upon completion of a CERC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

We may sponsor overseas applicants who are eligible for appointment to obtain an Australian work visa. Appointment is subject to immigration requirements and security assessments being met.

How to apply

Check our CERC Postdoctoral Fellows career listing regularly to view the latest opportunities.


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