Internal Grant-Funded Researcher B, Adelaide Medical School

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Adelaide, Australia
20 Jun 2019
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19 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

(Level B) $97,577 to $115,495 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply

Fixed term, full-time position until 31 March 2023

An exciting postdoctoral research position working on pain measurement in livestock

This project aims to create an objective blood test to measure pain for both research and production purposes, and to create new drug therapies for persistent pain. 

Working closely with the Neuro immuno pharmacology research team at the North Terrace and Roseworthy campuses of the University of Adelaide and an international collaborative team to undertake this multidisciplinary research program. Expected outcomes of this project include a blood test capable of quantifying the extent of current pain experience, and a cumulative life measure of pain an animal has experienced.This should provide significant benefits to the Australian livestock industry by improving best practice.

This project builds upon the successful translational science program of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Bio Photonics (CNBP). As such, the applicant needs to be experienced in the field of pain physiology and working with preclinical and models of exaggerated pain including both rodent and porcine species. Experience in drug discovery and screening platforms are also valued.The research will accelerate the field of exploring persistent pain in livestock through rapid translation of breakthroughs in human pain neuroscience to the livestock setting.

The successful applicant is expected to generate new knowledge of the involvement of the neuro-immune system in the creation and maintenance of persistent pain and how this can be quantified through the innovative use of peripheral blood tests.

To be successful you will need:

  • Completion of a relevant doctoral qualification or equivalent qualifications or research experience in Neuroscience, Pharmacology or Veterinary/Animal Sciences.
  • Ability to pursue independent research in pain neuroscience and pharmacology and related fields, including experience in behavioral testing and molecular quantification techniques.
  • A strong record in research based publications and scientific presentations.
  • Contribution to the preparation of research proposal submissions to external funding bodies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, consultation and negotiation skills.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences contains one of Australia's largest concentrations of leading health researchers, teachers and clinical titleholders. It's comprised of five schools and a number of specialist disciplines, institutes and centres, variously focused on world-class research, and training the next generation of: medical doctors; surgeons; dentists; nurses; psychiatrists; psychologists; and other health professionals.

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If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click the link to the online application form below and address and upload your responses to all selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm, 19 July 2019.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Professor Mark Hutchinson
ARC Future Fellow, Adelaide Medical School
P: +61 (8) 8313 0322

For application related inquiries, please contact:

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Human Resources Team

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.