Jobs in Parasitology
The University of Queensland, School of Veterinary Science
Post Doctoral Research Fellow / Research Officer (Fixed term, full time for 2 years.)
Research Academic Level A or B, commensurate with experience
Gross salary package from $73,484 to $78,882 (Level A) or $83,034 to $98,602 (Level B) per annum
This salary package consists of:
Base salary range from $62,807 to $67,420 (Level A) to $70,969 to 84,275 (Level B) per annum and pro rata, plus employer superannuation of 17% of salary.
An employee superannuation contribution of 7% of salary is mandatory. This may be salary sacrificed from pre-tax earnings.
Primary Purpose of Position
To assist in undertaking research in development of a mucosal vaccine for reducing carriage of enterohaemorrhagic E. coli in cattle. The successful candidate would be a member of a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team, working on various interrelated components of a large applied research project. The successful candidate will drive the molecular characterisation of surface antigens, however there will be scope for overlap with other members of the team in bioinformatics, immunology and animal infection studies.
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
- Conduct research
- Work with colleagues and postgraduates in the development of joint research projects
- Assist in the preparation of reports and high quality, peer reviewed publications
- Provision of regular progress reports
- Assist in managing and reporting on the project budget
- Ensure compliance with OGTR and AQIS regulations as necessary
- Comply with the University's Code of Conduct
Occupational Health and Safety
Comply with requirements of Queensland Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or School
The position reports centrally to the project leader, Dr. Rowland Cobbold (UQ SVS) and to Assoc. Prof. Mark Schembri as the section leader.
- PhD in microbiology or a closely related discipline area.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct high quality research.
Knowledge, Experience and Skills
- Demonstrated expert knowledge in the area molecular biology.
- The ability to independently plan, execute and interpret experiments.
- The ability to rapidly adopt and adapt novel research techniques.
- Experience with bacterial pathogens.
- Experience with molecular cloning techniques.
- Experience with proteomics
- Experience with tissue culture and animal models of infection.
- Proven ability to establish effective working relationships within a team.
- Effective interpersonal, negotiation and consultation skills and formal written and oral communication skills.
- Good time management skills with the ability to prioritise workloads, work independently, use initiative and meet deadlines.
- Sound knowledge of ethical requirements, relevant policies and procedures and contemporary human resource practices and principles, including workplace health and safety, employment equity and anti-discrimination.
The School of Veterinary Science has outstanding teaching and research programs encompassing all aspects of veterinary science. The School's specific research strengths lie in microbiology, genetics, medicine, public health, parasitology, production, reproduction, animal behaviour and welfare. The Faculty of NRAVS and School of Veterinary Science both have access to state-of-the-art research facilities including: clinical research and teaching hospitals; diagnostic microbiology and pathology services; molecular biology laboratories, including the Animal Genetics Laboratory; and the Centre for Advanced Animal Studies, a purpose built PC3 level animal containment and research facility. The School will move into new purpose built facilities at Gatton to start semester 1 in 2010.
The candidate will be working principally within the School of Chemical and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB). Situated within the Faculty of Science, the SCMB teaches and researches in the disciplines of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Parasitology. The common thread in our discipline mix is the capacity of molecular-based approaches to create understanding and to lead to discovery. Further information on the School is available at http://www.scmb.uq.edu.au/index.html.
Applications must consist of the following:
1. Covering Letter. The covering letter should include the vacancy reference number, your contact address and telephone number. It is an opportunity in not more than one page to introduce yourself and highlight the key reasons you should be considered for the role.
2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae. A resume is a brief history of your employment and experience that covers the following areas:
- Educational qualifications and professional affiliations that detail the full title of the qualification, the year awarded and the title of the institution attended;
- Employment history in chronological order, starting with current position and specifying dates of employment, title of each position, name of employer, main duties or accountabilities and achievements; and
- The names and contact details (address, telephone, fax and e-mail) of three referees, including if possible a senior person (preferably your supervisor or the head of your organisational unit) closely associated with your current work.
3. Selection Criteria. A statement addressing how each of the selection criteria have been met is required to assist the Selection Committee determine whether you have the relevant qualifications, knowledge/skills, experience and personal qualities.
Applications are to be sent to:
Human Resources Consultant
Faculty of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Veterinary Science
The University of Queensland
Gatton QLD 4343
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 11th January 2010
The appointee will be located primarily at the St Lucia campus, with some work based at the Gatton campus.
Further information: Dr Rowland Cobbold: 07 3365 2087; email@example.com or Assoc. Prof. Mark Schembri: 07 3375 3306; firstname.lastname@example.org