Postdoctoral/Research Fellow in Clinical Research

Townsville, Australia
07 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Overview

This position will develop research expertise through study of infectious diseases presentations in North Queensland patients utilising a relational patient outcomes database established at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS).

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 strategic agenda. The Division office drives the strategic objectives of the Division and also services a proportion of College administrative operations. The Colleges of the Division include:

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

Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) is building a world leading health and medical research institute, dedicated to solving problems of major importance to tropical Australia, South East Asia, the Pacific and the tropics worldwide, leading to improvements in health outcomes and health service delivery and contributing to growing prosperity in the region.

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Leading contribution to the design and analysis of retrospective observational cohort studies
  2. Derive and test research hypotheses regarding factors influencing the type, severity and costs associated with inpatient treatment of infectiousdiseases.
  3. Leading contribution to the design and running of randomised controlled clinicaltrials
  4. Contribute to research funding applications to support future randomised controlledtrials.
  5. Supervision of Higher Degree by Research students
  6. 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.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  8. 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 Fellow 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 Fellow 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 Fellow 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.


  1. Higher degree by research doctorate in a scientific discipline related toepidemiology
  2. Demonstrable skills in biostatistics
  3. Demonstrable experience in clinical research study design and analysis
  4. Demonstrated skills in database design and analysis
  5. Demonstrated skills in writing scientific publications


  1. Demonstrated experience in gaining human research ethics approvals