Research Officer, The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

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Townsville, Australia
10 Oct 2018
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21 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Position Overview

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) is a newly-established health and medical research institute within James Cook University that is funded by both state and federal governments. AITHM’s focus is on research in tropical health and medicine across a wide range of disciplines, with a particular focus on northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific.

An opportunity exists for a Research Officer position in the area of microbiology/immunology of infectious diseases. The project is funded for two years and will investigate particular aspects of host immunity with important implications for vaccine development, particularly for tuberculosis and malaria. This is a part-time, grant-supported position for up to two years based upon satisfactory progress.

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Office of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine provides collaborative leadership with the Colleges and ensures that the Colleges are able to deliver the core business of learning and teaching, research and engagement and contribute effectively to the strategic agenda. The Division office drives the strategic objectives of the Division and also services a proportion of College administrative operations.

The Colleges of the Division include:

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

College/Directorate Name

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

Organisational Charts

James Cook University  

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Prepare, support, execute and analyse projects in the microbiology & immunology of infectious diseases and vaccine development, including ensuring compliance with project agreements, effective scheduling and resource management.
  2. Effectively monitor and report progress against agreed milestones, including grant-related milestones. 
  3. Provide technical support for BSL2 & BSL3 microbiology/immunology, including the implementation of project plans, resource management, scheduling, and reporting.   
  4. Assist in the establishment of BSL3 research as a key strength at AITHM.
  5. Contribute to supervision of PhD and honours students
  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.
  8. Support the principles of JCU and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.


There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found at:


Level 5

Generic Accountabilities  

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

  1. The Research Officer 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 Research Officer 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.  The Research Officer 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. It is a requirement of this position that the candidate has or is willing to acquire sound knowledge of biosafety issues regarding handling of highly pathogenic bacteria and BSL3 laboratory practice.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. A science degree (preferably with focus on immunology and/or microbiology) and prior work experience as a research assistant
  2. Experience in cellular and molecular immunology, mouse work, histology, bacteriology, media preparation and molecular biology, including in vivo infection models 
  3. Expertise in working with pathogenic organisms and animal models of infection, cell culture, T cell fractionation techniques and multi-parametric flow cytometry
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in carrying out high quality research, including resource management of specific research projects (design, implementation, execution, record keeping) 
  5. Ability to work effectively to deadlines
  6. Good interpersonal skills, and an ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively 


  1. Experience in working with Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  2. Experience with histology