- Do you have a PhD in veterinary microbiology or pathogen genomics?
- Join Australia’s leading team in understanding and developing management strategies for tacking mouse plagues!
- Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!
CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.
CSIRO has an exciting opportunity for a CERC Fellow to join the Rodent Management Team which is leading Australia’s efforts in understanding and developing management strategies for tacking mouse plagues. Effort focusses on monitoring and forecasting mouse populations, improving control strategies, and understanding mouse ecology and behaviour in no-till farming systems. Mouse forecast models are very good at predicting increases in mouse abundance, but very poor in predicting when a population “crash” will occur. We know that disease plays an important role in this “crash”, but neither the pathogens involved nor the epidemiological dynamics of disease progression through populations are currently understood.
A new area of work that emerged during the mouse plague that affected much of NSW in 2021 is the role and impact of diseases in mouse populations.
Given recent advances in disease profiling using mRNA sequencing (metatranscriptomics), there is strong interest from industry and government to screen mouse populations for a range of diseases and parasites to better understand the role of disease in influencing population dynamics, the disease risk posed to humans and livestock, and to inform development of potential options for improved control.