Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biological Sciences

Location
Cairns, Australia
Posted
18 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Mar 2018
Ref
16264
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Position Overview

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) is a newly-established health and medical research institute within James Cook University that is funded by both state and federal governments. AITHM’s focus is on research in tropical health and medicine across a wide range of disciplines, with a particular focus on northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific.

This position offers the opportunity to expand on recent advances in molecular vaccinology to develop effective vaccines against malaria and other chronic infectious diseases. A specific interest is in the development and application of RNA-based vaccine technologies.It is anticipated that this research will have broad application to a wide range of infectious and chronic diseases, with important implications for therapeutic vaccination.

The position will be formally supervised by and take scientific direction from Professor Denise Doolan (Cairns Campus).

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

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Execute projects in the molecular vaccinology of malaria and other chronic infectious diseases, including ensuring compliance with project agreements, effective scheduling and resource management.
  2. Effectively monitor and report progress against agreed milestones.
  3. Report and present project outcomes via peer-reviewed publications and national/international conference presentations.
  4. Provide technical leadership of project teams, including the development and implementation of project plans, resource management, scheduling, and reporting.  
  5. Assist in the establishment of molecular vaccinology as a key research strength at AITHM.
  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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research 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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research 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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research 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.

Essential

  1. A PhD in any aspect of biological sciences.
  2. Expertise in vaccinology and immunology.
  3. Expertise in RNA-based vaccines and RNA-based technology platforms.
  4. Expertise in viral vectored vaccines.
  5. Expertise in infectious or chronic diseases.
  6. Demonstrated proficiency to carry out high quality research, and record of professional achievement in the relevant discipline area
  7. Demonstrated high-level skills in written and verbal communication, organization, and time management.
  8. Good interpersonal skills, and an ability to work in a team environment.
  9. Demonstrated proficiency to carry out high quality research, and record of professional achievement in the relevant discipline area.
  10. Capacity to think outside the box to foster creative achievement and innovative approaches.

Desirable

  1. Expertise in vaccine development and preclinical animal studies.
  2. Expertise in molecular biology and protein expression.
  3. Expertise in genomics, proteomics and computational sciences.
  4. Experience working in a multidisciplinary environment