Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Molecular and Cell Biology

Townsville, Australia
23 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

James Cook University is a leader in education and research addressing the critical challenges facing the tropics, worldwide.

The Discipline of Molecular and Cell Biology seeks to appoint an academic staff member who has the ability to both develop an active research program in the molecular life sciences and to teach biochemistry and molecular genetics to undergraduates in biomedical and biological sciences. Prior national competitive research grant funding, lecturing experience and a commitment to providing high-quality student learning experiences would be highly regarded. For appointment at the highest classification, a track record of attracting competitive research funding is mandatory. The University reserves the right to make an appointment at a different level or to make no appointment.

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Principal Accountabilities

  1. Develop and lead a research program that internationally competitive and is broadly complementary with the research strengths of MCB and JCU.
  2. Publish research in peer-reviewed journals.
  3. Seek and manage external research grants to support research programs in their own specialist field of expertise
  4. Develop and/or coordinate undergraduate subjects.
  5. Conduct lectures, tutorials and practical classes for undergraduate students.
  6. Contribute to the teaching of relevant postgraduate subjects, as required.
  7. Support staff and postgraduate students in specialist areas.
  8. Contribute towards the administration and other activities as required and be involved in professional activities including attendance at conferences and seminars in field of expertise.
  9. 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.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  11. 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 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor – Molecular & Cell Biology 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 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor – Molecular & Cell Biology 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 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor – Molecular & Cell Biology is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the wellbeing of the University that involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct. 

Special Conditions

This section outlines special conditions found within the position that must be taken into account in a selection process and are required of the incumbent through the duration of appointment. The special conditions could include work outside of normal working hours, extensive travel, professional licenses and/or registrations required by law. If in doubt discuss this section with your HR representative. (Delete this explanation in blue)

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. A PhD in any of the animal molecular life sciences
  2. A strong research and publication record in a relevant discipline, commensurate with the level of appointment
  3. Proven national research competitiveness, commensurate with the level of appointment
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  5. Experience in teaching at the university level


  1. A formal teaching qualification
  2. Experience of teaching using multiple delivery modes
  3. Experience of innovative course development
  4. National and/or international research funding and research collaborations
  5. Proven ability to attract and supervise honours and postgraduate research students
  6. Membership and participation in a relevant academic learned society
  7. Experience as a member of a university committee.
  8. A working knowledge and experience with current workplace health and safety regulations.
  9. A commitment to engage with the University and the local community.