Academic Head, Medical Science

Location
Townsville, Australia
Posted
07 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2018
Ref
16572
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Position Overview

The College seeks a dynamic and innovative leader who is dedicated to promoting excellence in our programs through diverse teaching, research, and engagement. The suitably qualified teaching & research academic will provide vision, leadership & guidance for the academic & research programs of Biomedicine and Molecular & Cell Biology through a sound knowledge of one or more of the following: Clinical Laboratory Science, Biomolecular Science, Molecular Biomedicine, Laboratory Medicine, and Molecular Diagnostics.

In conjunction with the College Dean, Associate Deans and the Manager, College Operations, the Academic Head, Medical Science plays a key role within the College to provide academic leadership, direction and management of the College’s learning and teaching, research, research education and engagement activities. As Academic Head, Medical Science you will represent the interests of the Academic Group at College, Division and University level and be a senior member of academic staff who teaches and actively researches in a discipline within the Group.  

Academic Group – Biomedicine & Molecular & Cell Biology

The aim of the Biomedicine group is to bring together researchers in biology and medicine, along with clinicians and health workers from across the northern region, whose research has implications for the prevention, detection or treatment of diseases relevant to Indigenous health and the tropical communities. Students studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science or a Bachelor of Clinical Sciences Honours are offered a world-class education with oncampus facilities and collaborative opportunities with clinical staff from the closely located Townsville Hospital. In addition, both students & staff are supported by the accreditation body for Medical Laboratory Science, the Australian Institute of Medical Laboratory Scientists (AIMS).

Closely aligned to Biomedicine is Molecular & Cell Biology, which teaches Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Genetics (including Evolutionary Genetics), Genomics, Cell Biology and Molecular Biology within the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science. This research intensive Academic Group has a special interest in human diseases including autoimmunity, allergy, cancer and immunodiagnostics as well as  biotechnological approaches to developing new diagnostic assays & recombinant biomolecular products.

The role of Academic Head, Medical Sciences has a unique opportunity to refine the curriculum and research focus to enhance teaching and research collaboration between the two Disciplines, ensuring that the strong performance in these areas continues.

College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

As part of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences promotes, fosters, supports and administers quality teaching and research at JCU in the areas of Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, and

Molecular Sciences. Working in a collaborative leadership model within the Division, the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences contributes to advancing the University’s strategic agenda and to strengthening partnerships and engagement.

Research in the College is strongly represented in the Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, Biosecurity and the Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening. The agenda and outcomes of these Centres is strongly complemented by the College’s close relationship with the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) and regional clinical networks through the Mt Isa Centre for Rural & Remote Health.

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 University & Division’s strategic agenda. The Division Office drives the strategic objectives of the Division and services a proportion of College administrative operations.

The Colleges of the Division include:

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

Other Institutions and Centres:

Research programs of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) aim to tackle northern Australia's major health security risks improve its worst health outcomes, develop better ways to deliver health services to remote communities, and contribute to the development of northern Australia through research, knowledge infrastructure and commercialisation of research findings. Our research spans public health, biomolecular, clinical, translational, and health systems research and is strongly focused on the health issues of most importance to tropical Australia, delivering significant public health benefit locally, regionally and globally.

The Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health - MICRRH - is a 'University Department of Rural Health', one of a national network of eleven centres, and the only one in Queensland. It is federally funded under a multidisciplinary training program as a health workforce initiative. MICRRH is a key education provider both locally in Mount Isa and increasingly by distance delivery using a diverse range of IT resources.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University  

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Principal Accountabilities

Learning and Teaching

  1. Coordinate and/or teach into relevant undergraduate & postgraduate subjects offered by Biomedicine or Molecular & Cell Biology on the Cairns and Townsville campuses including conducting and/or providing input into lectures and tutorials, as required;
  2. Contribute to the development and ongoing update of subject materials and innovative new offerings in o n e o r m o r e o f t h e a r e a s : Clinical Laboratory Science, Biomolecular Science, Molecular Biomedicine, Laboratory Medicine, and Molecular Diagnostics; 
  3. Take on broad administrative functions relating to any mode of subject delivery (e.g. LearnJCU, Blackboard Ultra);
  4. Assist with the setting up of assessment and marking assessment;

Research and research education

  1. Supervise higher degree by research students in your chosen discipline within one of the following: Clinical Laboratory Science, Biomolecular Science, Molecular Biomedicine, Laboratory Medicine, and Molecular Diagnostics; Coordinate relevant research and consultancy activities wi t h i n o n e o f t h e f o l l o wi n g a r e a s : Clinical Laboratory Science, Biomolecular Science, Molecular Biomedicine, Laboratory Medicine, and Molecular Diagnostics; Be actively involved in professional activity;

Engagement

  1. Attend & facilitate Discipline/College/University meetings and play an active role in planning and committee work within the Discipline/College/University. Actively promote & participate in the University’s student recruitment activities including undergraduate & post graduate students.

Head of Discipline

  1. Work in conjunction with the College Dean and College Executive members to execute the Head of Academic Group Principal Accountabilities (attached).  

JCU principles 

  1. 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. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities  

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

  1. The Academic Head, Medical Science 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 Academic Head, Medical Science 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 Academic Head, Medical Science 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.  

Selection Criteria 

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.

Essential

  1. Established record of and commitment to excellence in teaching, research education  and research which complements the Discipline strengths in one or more of the following areas: Clinical Laboratory Science, Biomolecular Science, Molecular Biomedicine, Laboratory Medicine, and Molecular Diagnostics;
  2. Demonstrated effective leadership, management and communication skills to work collaboratively with staff to develop and implement resources to strengthen the longterm viability, efficiency, and effectiveness of the department's research and teaching programs;
  3. Demonstrated care and attention to staff, especially those in the early stages of their career, with an open-minded, approachable leadership style to staff management and supervision along with the demonstrated ability to respectfully mentor staff in a changing environment;
  4. Demonstrated experience in budget and operational plan development and management;
  5. Proven ability to provide professional representation & promotion of the Disciplines in all forums within JCU & the broader national & international community;
  6. Proven desire to build & foster collaborations with professional and industry bodies and potential students, alumni and other stakeholders;
  7. Evidenced knowledge of familiarity with national trends in undergraduate, graduate, medical education and STEM education with a passion to improve education for all students through innovative strategies;
  8. A knowledge, understanding, commitment and capacity to implement anti-discrimination, student equity, work health and safety, anti-bullying and harassment and all other relevant JCU policies and national and state legislation.