Trainee Pathologist

Townsville, Australia
12 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Overview

This position aims to train a suitable candidate to successfully gain membership of the ANZCVS in Pathology. The prescribed training program includes small group teaching to veterinary students as well as the provision of relevant diagnostic and/or clinical services, all under the direct supervision of an established specialist.

It may also require placements in non-JCU programs to acquire specific knowledge or skills, as well as attendance, and presentation at relevant tutorials and seminars. The incumbent will be required to undertake scholarly activities, such as research and/or clinical investigation resulting in submission of at least one scientific article for publication in a peerreviewed journal.

For the duration of the appointment this position will be supervised by the Section Head Preclinical Sciences.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine 

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences 

Discipline of Veterinary Sciences

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Successfully pass pathology membership examinations.
  2. Assist in the teaching of graduates and undergraduates, through small group tutorials and workshops, practicums and clinical/laboratory procedures as required, and in accordance with JCU Learning and Teaching guidelines.
  3. Assist in the grading of assignments and assessments on a timely basis, as required.
  4. Assist in the timely and ongoing clinical/diagnostic services under the supervision of a specialist.
  5. Publish work in veterinary science/biomedical journals.
  6. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values and the University's policy on Animal Welfare and Ethics.
  8. Support  the  principles  of  the  TropEco  program  and  engage  in  commitment  to  JCU  sustainability goals and objectives.
  9. Supporting the administrative functions of the school, through work on various committees, and organizationally through subject, course or year coordination as indicated in schedule 5 of the Enterprise Agreement.

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. The Trainee Pathologist is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Trainee Pathologist is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Trainee Pathologist is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Special Conditions

  1. The incumbent will occasionally work outside of normal hours, and may be asked to undertake travel in the region on request. 
  2. The successful candidate will be required to maintain registration with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland and demonstrated Q Fever immunity. 

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointment will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

Essential Qualifications/Experience:

  1. Bachelor of Veterinary Science (or equivalent), registrable in Queensland.
  2. 2 to 3 years’ experience as a practicing veterinarian.
  3. Knowledge of the major diseases affecting domestic animals in Australia. 
  4. A demonstrated interest in, and capacity for, diagnostic pathology.
  5. A keen interest in teaching and engaging undergraduate students. 
  6. Strong motivation to build on knowledge and skills in the relevant veterinary specialty. 
  7. Good team worker.

Desirable Qualifications/Experience:

  1. Post-graduate training and experience in the field of veterinary pathology. 
  2. Demonstrated interest in practical and applied clinical and anatomical pathology

Objectives of Position

  1. Intensive training in clinical and anatomical pathology under the direct supervision of boarded pathologists. 
  2. Attainment of membership of the Pathobiology chapter of the ANZCVS in 2021.
  3. Encouragement to pursue a goal of specialist board qualification in either Anatomical or Clinical Pathology.
  4. Exposure to an academic environment, the acquisition of skills required to deliver small group teaching, write peer reviewed articles and present case and research material to academics and practicing veterinarians.
  5. Attendance and participation in workshops.
  6. Involvement in the disciplines of microbiology and parasitology, both at the bench top level and also in an interpretative role, under direct supervision of experts in these fields.