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Research Fellowship at Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Employer
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Location
Parkville, Melbourne (AU)
Salary
Attractive salary AU$117,589 - AU$166,088 per annum + super
Closing date
5 Jan 2024

Job Details

  • Full time 5-year Research Fellowship
  • Attractive salary $117,589 - $166,088 per annum + super
  • Unparalleled opportunity for an exceptional mid-career female researcher

The opportunity:

The establishment of the Ruth Bishop Research Fellowship is a tribute to Ruth's pioneering work as an Australian female trailblazer in enteric disease and vaccine research. This fellowship is designed to champion and propel the career of a future female leader in these vital fields.

Funded by a prestigious grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this is an unparalleled opportunity for an exceptional mid-career female researcher specialising in vaccinology, particularly within the realm of enteric diseases. The selected Fellow will receive a salary equivalent to the mid-career package salary provided by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia. Moreover, a comprehensive research support package awaits the Fellow, coupled with mentorship aimed at securing additional funding from various granting bodies or industry partners, as well as fostering collaborative initiatives related to the research project.

Hosted at MCRI, renowned for its significant contributions to vaccinology and enteric diseases research, the Research Fellow will be immersed in an environment conducive to expanding scientific knowledge, forging new collaborations, advancing their career trajectory, and honing their leadership skills. Access to esteemed scientists beyond MCRI, including experts from the Peter Doherty Institute and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, will further enrich the Fellow's experience. Additionally, the Fellow will be seamlessly connected to international networks through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, offering a global perspective and invaluable connections in the field.

Join us in shaping the future of enteric disease and vaccine research while honoring Ruth Bishop's impactful legacy. Apply now and seize this exceptional opportunity to drive innovation, collaboration, and leadership in these critical areas of scientific exploration.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Leading the development of a research stream in Vaccinology, preferably related to enteric diseases
  • Leading a research team/project and develop, manage and mentor employees to create a positive scientific research culture including supervision of honours or postgraduate research projects
  • Building upon connections with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations Global Health team and Gender Equity Division
  • Engaging with vaccine related research across groups at MCRI and the Parkville precinct
  • Developing and fostering national and international research collaborations, particularly within the Asia-Pacific region

Selection Criteria

  • Relevant PhD/Doctoral qualification with a passion in enteric diseases
  • Relevant expertise to vaccinology research, including (but not exclusively) in the domains of laboratory science or clinical studies
  • At least 3 years postdoctoral experience (relative to opportunity) and appropriate level of expertise gained from a combination of experience, training or professional accreditation
  • Track record in research leadership and/or knowledge translation
  • Postdoctoral research evidence in form of internationally recognised publications (including first or senior author papers), conference attendance
  • Outstanding communication skills, both internally within a research organisation and with external collaborators and stakeholders

Desirable

  • Prizes or distinctions 
  • Evidence of grant applications/success
     

Applications should be made via the MCRI recruitment careers page and must include:   
 

  • Resume for Researcher (2 pages)
  • Responses to selection criteria via the position description
  • Cover letter (1 page) answering the following questions: 
  1. Provide details of any specific projects or research experiences you've had in the realm of vaccinology or enteric diseases.
  2. How does your previous research align with the focus and objectives of our research in vaccinology and enteric diseases as outlined in the job description?
  3. What motivates you to pursue this particular Research Fellow position?
  4. Indication of fellowship applications planned or pending.

To enhance your application, we highly recommend submitting a letter of recommendation from your current or former supervisor outlining your suitability for the role.

Please submit your application in one combined pdf document.

For more information, please refer to the position description. Any specific questions related to this position should be directed to Gabriella Springall on gabriella.springall@mcri.edu.au.

Key dates in the application process:

  • Applications close: 30 January 2024
  • Interviews: 
    • First round (online): February/March 2024
    • Second round (in person): April/May 2024
  • Responses to applicants: June 2024
  • Start date:  August 2024


Female Only Recruitment Conditions

Exclusive to Female Applicants this fellowship is specifically designated to support a mid-career researcher and is dedicated to honoring Ruth Bishop's exceptional contributions to Vaccinology and Enteric diseases. We invite applications exclusively from individuals who identify as women, including cisgender and transgender women.


What’s in it for you?

  • Honour a remarkable scientific legacy through the Ruth Bishop Research Fellowship
  • Be part of a Fellowship funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Access leading scientists outside Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), including infection and immunity researchers at the Peter Doherty Institute and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • Be mentored to leverage further funding from granting bodies or industry
  • Help children in the Indo-Pacific Region who continue to suffer from preventable diseases due to a lack of new vaccines for priority pathogens


All applicants, please be aware that in line with the Murdoch Children’s and VCGS COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all Murdoch Children’s and VCGS workers must be fully vaccinated (boosted), unless a valid medical exception applies.

Please note, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Closing date:  30 January 2024

Company

Who we are?

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) is home to significant scientific discoveries. We believe there is an answer, a cure or a better treatment for every childhood condition — and we’re determined to find it. We are a diverse team of world-leading researchers, doctors, engineers, and hardworking professionals in corporate and scientific services from all corners of the world with one shared goal — to transform child health worldwide. Our strength lies in our partnership and co-location with The Royal Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne — the Melbourne Children’s Campus. This rare model amplifies opportunities to quickly translate research into clinical care. At MCRI, you’ll also find our subsidiary organisation, the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS), a specialist childhood, prenatal and adult genetics service. VCGS provides an integrated genetic consultation, counselling, testing and diagnostic support service to children, adults, families and prospective parents. Together, we share a powerful vision: re-imagine the future of child health.

Who we are?

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) is home to significant scientific discoveries. We believe there is an answer, a cure or a better treatment for every childhood condition — and we’re determined to find it. We are a diverse team of world-leading researchers, doctors, engineers, and hardworking professionals in corporate and scientific services from all corners of the world with one shared goal — to transform child health worldwide. Our strength lies in our partnership and co-location with The Royal Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne — the Melbourne Children’s Campus. This rare model amplifies opportunities to quickly translate research into clinical care. At MCRI, you’ll also find our subsidiary organisation, the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS), a specialist childhood, prenatal and adult genetics service. VCGS provides an integrated genetic consultation, counselling, testing and diagnostic support service to children, adults, families and prospective parents. Together, we share a powerful vision: re-imagine the future of child health.

Company info
Website
Telephone
0934216216
Location
Royal Children's Hospital
Flemington Road
Parkville
Melbourne
Victoria
3052
Australia

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