Post-Doctoral Fellow, Prince of Wales Clinical School

Sydney, Australia
23 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Clinical Research Assistant

  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The Prince of Wales Clinical School occupies the Edmund Blacket Building at the Prince of Wales Hospital and the nearby Lowy Cancer Research Centre at UNSW. Through its presence as part of the Biomedical precinct at UNSW Australia, the Prince of Wales Clinical School is enabled to fully support virtually all contemporary forms of biomedical research.

The position aims to develop the academic and scientific research interests of the Surgical and Orthopaedic Research Laboratories (SORL) within the School, in the areas of surgical models and implant materials related to orthopaedics, spine and other surgical subspecialties.

The incumbent will be engaged in all aspects of the research, including conceptualisation, design, data collection and analysis and publication of articles in scholarly journals, and also provide veterinary expertise and surgery. The Research Fellow reports to the Director, Surgical and Orthopaedic Research Laboratory. This position has casual staff as direct reports.

About the role

  • $75-$100k p.a. plus (17% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 24 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full Time


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Oversee and participate in animal related studies, providing veterinary expertise and support toSORL.
  • Oversee projects from inception, study design, surgical intervention to specimen harvest,processing and data analysis, including communications with study sponsors and grant-issuing bodies.
  • Contribute to the strategic and day-to-day management input in SORL’s operations, including innovative solutions to clinical problems and research design.
  • Foster veterinary surgical and orthopaedic research in local and international communities by attending and presenting at conferences and publishing papers in medium to high impact journals.
  • Ensure all animal husbandry conditions are followed according to ethical treatment of animals.
  • Assist with mechanical and material science experiments, as required.
  • Prepare reports, presentations, grant applications, posters and manuscripts for an expert audience and for peer review.
  • Represent SORL in forums including discussion with research clients and attend and participate in group meetings and other professional activities.
  • Ensure high laboratory standards are met with regards to safety and productivity.
  • Supervise casual staff, undergraduate and postgraduate masters, doctorate and Independent Learning Project (ILP) students undertaking research projects.
  • Ensure hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk within your area of responsibility.

Selection Criteria

  • Registered with the Veterinary Practitioner’s Board of NSW, preferably as a specialist with experience in performing surgeries on rabbits and sheep.
  • Demonstrated experience using laboratory skills in a scientific/medical context with regard to preparation of specimens, mechanical testing, histology, immunohistochemistry and micro-computed tomography.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform to a high standard in a veterinary surgical setting to achieve desired outcomes with respect to reproducibility of surgical models while maintaining a high standard of animal welfare.
  • A demonstrated track record in the design and development of animal models for the investigation of biological phenomenon and assessment of treatments related to orthopaedics.
  • Experience in supervision and training of students in the use of specialised technical equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work competently in a largely self-directed work environment and ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Proven research and publication record in academic journals, including the ability or potential to attract external research funding.
  • Excellent communication, organisational and time management skills.
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures. 

You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online


Andrew Panchal


Applications close: 11:00 pm 13th November 2018

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