CERC Postdoc Mentoring program

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellows work alongside leading researchers on projects of national and global significance. They undertake independent research and are mentored by senior scientists, while being given access to generous personal development and learning opportunities.

In the section below, we have listed the profiles of our CERC Postdocs who are looking for external mentors. If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, please use the following steps to help set up your partnership.

  • Read the profiles below to learn about their research and their career aspirations.
  • Select who you would be interested in mentoring, based on similar interests, experience and relevant skills.
  • Contact alumni@csiro.au and let us know a bit more about yourself and why you are keen for this mentoring partnership
  • We will facilitate an introduction, ask you to sign the CERC Postdoc mentoring agreement and help get you started.

We recommend that both mentor and mentee use the CSIRO Mentoring guide. This program will run for six months, but you have the option of extending and continuing your mentoring partnership if it suits you both.

CERC Postdoc profiles

Kathy Gunn

Area of research: Observing and quantifying water mass variability using physical and acoustic oceanography. Currently focussed on what drives Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) variability.

Research project details: I am currently trying to untangle the drivers of water mass variability in AABW. We want to find out how much variability is associated with property changes, and/or changes in volume transport of the dense shelf water. At the moment, I am using historical observations, and will soon bring in some model output.

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Kaley Butten

Area of research: Mobile health, eHealth, Health Systems, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research

Research project details: My current project is investigating the feasibility and acceptability of an mHealth platform to support the management of gestational diabetes within a regional/remote, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health context.

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Ronald Yu

Area of research: Future Crops, Plant-based protein for sustainable future and Micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fibres, and antioxidants

Research project details: I have two research focuses, i.e., “the BigBran Theory” and “Hooking fish on grains”.
First, through “the BigBran Theory”, I am developing a healthier cereal crop to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Second, I want to develop a new plant-based protein source for a sustainable future. On the land, there is a canola waste problem. After oil extraction, there is 22 million tonnes of canola meal remaining. Under the ocean, we catch 16 million tonnes of small wild fish every year just to feed our fish farms. I want to fix one problem by solving another, by feeding the farm fish with canola waste.

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Jonathan Richetti

Area of research: Digital Agriculture

Research project details: My project aims to improve precision agriculture decision making by bolting artificial intelligence, remote sensing, and crop modelling. Develop a data-driven framework to help mid-season nitrogen application on cereals.

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Bryony Ashford

Area of research: Plasma catalytic production of ammonia

Research project details: I design and carry out experiments using non-thermal plasma combined with a catalyst to produce ammonia from H2 and N2. This has applications in the hydrogen economy, as hydrogen can be more easily and safely stored and transported in the form of ammonia than as pure hydrogen.

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Marc Gali

Area of research: SQUIDs, superconductivity, optics and photonics

Research project details: A Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) can measure magnetic fields millions of times smaller than the Earth magnetic field. This extreme magnetic field sensitivity makes SQUIDs ideal for many applications. In this project I am developing mathematical models to study 1D and 2D High Temperature SQUID arrays.

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Amanda Padovan

Area of research:  My research makes the link between genetic variation and physical variation in organisms.

Research project details: My current project is an industry funded project in which I am developing a resistance monitoring tool for Bt resistance in Helicoverpa species. This project involves determining the frequency of known resistance markers and predicting the effect of genetic changes in genes known or predicted to be involved in resistance.

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Caroline Bray

Area of research:  Synthesis of complex polymeric architectures using RAFT polymerization for various targeted applications ranging from ‘smart’ technologies, solid state batteries and medicinal applications.

Research project details: I am using RAFT polymerization to synthesis side chain liquid crystal polymers. Those polymers are consequently used for smart applications where the optical properties can be tuned by an external stimulus.

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Stéphane Mangeon

Area of research:  Data Science applied to Agriculture, Ecology, and Bushfires

Research project details: My core project is about building the mathematical and machine learning framework for model-data fusion of agricultural pests. I am also involved in mapping bushfire risks, and their implications for power network operations. 

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Maria Jenckel

Area of research: Sequencing and data analysis of Rabbit calicivirus. NGS, Metagenomics

Research project details: Sequencing and data analysis of Rabbit calicivirus. Metagenomic approach to investigate viruses in lagomorphs. NGS and data analysis

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Dimitri Lafleur

Area of research: Regional inversions of greenhouse gases

Research project details: Utilize information contained in atmospheric methane concentrations from several observational platforms to estimate methane emissions at the regional scale for uncertain sectors such as fugitive emissions from unconventional gas (coal seam gas and fracking), wetlands, waste-water treatment and reticulated gas.

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Katie Hillyer

Area of research: The interaction of aquatic organisms and their environment, via the study of biochemical and molecular change (metabolites, lipids, proteins and genes).

Research project details: Towards total systems biology-based monitoring of anthropogenic contaminants and their impact on aquatic ecosystems.

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Charlotte Sobey

Area of research: Radio Astronomy / Astrophysics

Research project details: Focussed on aspects of observational pulsar research using SKA pathfinder/precursor telescopes. In particular, using polarisation techniques, and the applications of investigating our Galaxy’s interstellar medium characteristics and structure, as well as the pulsar radio emission mechanism.

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