Research Officer

Melbourne, Australia
13 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
30 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: School of Biomedical Sciences
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 17% super
Salary: This position will be appointed at Academic Level A or B, depending on experience. Level A - $75,289 - $102,163 p.a. or Level B - $107,547 - $127,707 p.a.

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is one of the departments within the School of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Further information is available at and

About the Role

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Officer to join the research program of A/Prof  Sophie Valkenburg within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Peter Doherty Institute. The Valkenburg Lab aims to understand broadly reactive immunity from infection and vaccination against influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses through randomised control trials, observational studies and next generation vaccines in animal models. The candidate will benefit from prior research experience in viral immunology, and will play a key role in establishing new projects, supporting staff and student training and management.

About You

You are a keen problem solver with strong organisational skills. You are also an excellent communicator which allows for effective research collaboration and engagement.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • A PhD or working towards completion in immunology and/or virology
  • Substantial experience in working with clinical patient specimens, innate and adaptive immune assay, at both cellular and molecular levels.
  • Sound knowledge of immunology and virology
  • Experience in flow cytometry and tissue culture

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible, family-friendly working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Subsidised on-site childcare facilities at Queensberry Street and Swanston Street
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

To find out more, please visit

Be Yourself @ UoM

At UoM we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Whilst we encourage applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria* (found in the Position Description) for the role.

*For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Position Description: 0054461 PD-Research_Officer_SV.pdf

Applications close: 30 Jan 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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