Title Opportunity in cellular and molecular parasitology (tick fever) at Monash University
Job Information

New job opportunity in cellular and molecular parasitology at Monash University: development of an effective vaccine to protect against cattle tick fever.

As a result of recent and exciting developments within the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University, a new opportunity exists in cellular and molecular parasitology in the Cooke Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology for an experienced Research Assistant and/or Research Fellow to be involved in a new and exciting project to characterise a newly identified sub-set of proteins in Babesia parasites and determine their role in the pathogenesis of bovine babesiosis. Working closely with international partners both in the USA and Africa, our ultimate goal of this project is to develop and roll out a new and effective vaccine to protect cattle against bovine babesiosis (cattle Tick Fever).

Specifically, you will be involved in a multi-disciplinary project to determine the role and importance of a newly identified set of proteins (discovered in the Cooke Lab) in infection and pathogenesis and assess their potential as vaccine candidates both in vitro and in vivo. The project may involve some national and international travel to perform experiments in collaborating laboratories.

The successful candidate will have experience and a strong track record in microbiology, molecular and cell biology, parasitology or a related area.

Previous experience specifically in molecular parasitology (ideally working with apicomplexan parasites) is essential.

This role is a full-time position however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated. May involve some national and international travel.

Please send expressions of interest in the position to:

Professor Brian M. Cooke, (brian.cooke@monash.edu)  +61 3 9902 9146



Title Opportunity in cellular and molecular parasitology (malaria) at Monash University
Job Information

New job opportunity in cellular and molecular parasitology at Monash University: understanding the role of exported kinases in the pathogenesis of human malaria.

A new opportunity exists in cellular and molecular parasitology in the Cooke Laboratory in the Biomedicine Discovery Institute (Department of Microbiology) for an experienced Research Assistant or Research Fellow to be involved in exciting work to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which malaria proteins cause disease in humans. You will be involved in a multi-disciplinary project to elucidate the function of a sub-set of newly identified kinases in malaria parasites which we believe play a central role in red blood cell invasion and modification.

The successful candidate will have experience and a strong track record in microbiology, molecular and cell biology, parasitology or a related area.

Previous experience specifically in molecular parasitology (ideally working with malaria parasites) is essential.

This role is a full-time position however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Please send expressions of interest in the position to:

Professor Brian M. Cooke, (brian.cooke@monash.edu)  +61 3 9902 9146



Title Technical Officer at La Trobe University
Salary Higher Education Officer (HEO5)
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Job Information
Technical Officer
 
Position No:

 

00094132
Organisation Unit:

 

AgriBio, Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences,

School of Life Sciences, College of Science, Health & Engineering

 

Campus/Location:

 

Melbourne (Bundoora)
Classification:

 

Higher Education Officer  (HEO5)
Employment Type:

 

Full-Time for two years
Position Supervisor :

Position Number:

Reports positions:

level:

 

Michael Stear, Professor of Animal Biology

00094132

As per Organisation chart

Other Benefits:

 

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/jobs/working/benefits

 

Further information about:

La Trobe University – http://www.latrobe.edu.au/about

For job enquiries only contact: Michael Stear, Professor of Animal Biology,   TEL: (03) 9032 7448

 

 

Technical Officer – Position Description

Position Context

 

The College of Science, Health & Engineering comprises 9 Schools and 16 Departments across La Trobe’s multi-campus operations. The College offers a range of general and specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are rigorous and attuned to meeting the needs of students in ensuring their readiness to work in changing environments. Our courses are appropriately linked to emerging trends and critical global issues. The College researchers have an outstanding reputation for their innovation and contribution to society and are at the forefront of building strong relationships with industry partners.

The appointee will be for a highly organised team player willing to contribute to all aspects of research in the laboratory. The ideal candidate will have a good honours degree in immunology, parasitology, animal science or a related subject. He or she will work on a project looking at host-parasite interactions, especially the interaction between domestic sheep and the nematode Teladorsagia circumcincta. The aims of the research are to identify the molecular targets of the protective IgA response; to determine the mechanisms of action and to explore the evasion mechanisms used by the parasite. The research will involve a variety of techniques including ELISA, Western blotting, capillary electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, cloning, expression and protein conformation, enzyme kinetics and bioinformatics. The candidate is expected to know some of these procedures and training will be supplied as necessary.

Duties may include:

 

  • Ensure the timely preparation, and subsequent clean up, of chemicals, consumables and equipment for use in the research laboratories and facilities.
  • Test, calibrate and maintain equipment required in our research laboratories.  Arrange for servicing and repair of equipment if required.
  • Maintain the research facilities as a clean, safe work environment in accordance with appropriate legislation and University guidelines.  Carry out safety audits in labs, maintain safety manuals in labs, ensure appropriate personal protective equipment is available and maintained.  Maintain and keep current the general access first aid kits in labs, OH&S notices and emergency information.
  • Maintain information and databases related to the operation of the School’s teaching and research laboratories/facilities.
  • In consultation with academic staff, provide advice and assistance in the ordering of laboratory consumables and/or analytical equipment.
  • Be responsible for storage and the inventory of chemicals, consumables and equipment for the School’s teaching and research laboratories/facilities.
  • At all times conduct work in a safe manner and comply with OHS instructions, policies and procedures.
  • Undertake other tasks as directed, relevant to supporting the operations of AgriBio.

Key Selection Criteria

ESSENTIAL

  • An honours science degree in a relevant area or an equivalent alternate combination of relevant knowledge, training and/or experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the maintenance of scientific research equipment and facilities, with respect to operations, maintenance and problem solving.
  • High level planning and organising skills.
  • Well-developed analytical and technical problem solving capability.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills to enable effective communication and consultation with a wide range and level of researchers.
  • Ability to interpret and apply relevant and applicable policies, procedures and legislation in the day-to-day performance of the functions of the position
  • An excellent understanding and demonstrated experience in research including high level interpersonal skills and the ability to respond to people positively, confidently and with respect.
  • Proficiency in computer software packages such as Word, Excel, Outlook and databases
  • Well-developed understanding of Health & Safety regulations and procedures.

DESIRABLE

  • Experience working in laboratories in a research environment.
  • A qualification in Level 2 First Aid training
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation applicable to scientific laboratories

La Trobe Values

At La Trobe we:

  • take a world view
  • pursue ideas and excellence with energy
  • treat people with respect and work together
  • are open, friendly and honest
  • hold ourselves accountable for making great things happen.


Title PhD Scholarship in immunoparasitology at La Trobe University
Salary $26,682 per annum
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Job Information

A Ph.D. scholarship offered to an exceptional student, to investigate  host-parasite interactions.

 

This scholarship will be offered to an enthusiastic and hard-working candidate, who wishes to forge a career in science.

 

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

 

Explore host-parasite interactions, especially the interaction between domestic sheep and the nematode Teladorsagia circumcincta. The aims of the research are to identify the molecular targets of the protective IgA response; to determine the mechanisms of action and to explore the evasion mechanisms used by the parasite. The research will involve a variety of techniques including ELISA, Western blotting, capillary electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, cloning, expression and protein conformation, enzyme kinetics and bioinformatics. The candidate is expected to know some of these procedures and training will be supplied as necessary.

 

Benefits of the scholarship

Benefits of the scholarship include:

 

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,682 per annum, to support your living costs (under review)
  • opportunities to attend national and international conferences
  • opportunities to research and publish in cutting edge science.
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs

 

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this Scholarship email Professor M. J. Stear at  m.stear@latrobe.edu.au with a full CV including 3 referees, and a cover letter outlining why you would like to be considered for this scholarship.

 

The university will carefully review your application and consider you for this Scholarship.

 

You will be advised of an outcome by December 2017.

 

Closing date

Applications close 1 October 2017, unless filled sooner.

 

Contact us

If you require further information, please

contact:

 

La Trobe Graduate Research School

grs@latrobe.edu.au



Title PhD Scholarship in quantitative biology at La Trobe University
Salary $26,682 per annum
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Job Information

A Ph.D. scholarship offered to an exceptional student, to investigate the mathematical biology of host-parasite interactions.

This scholarship will be offered to an enthusiastic and hard-working candidate, who wishes to forge a career in science.

Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.

Take a quantitative approach to studying the interaction between livestock and their parasites, especially sheep and the nematode Teladorsagia circumcincta. You will join a group of quantitative and molecular biologists. The research will include the identification of genes underlying resistance to parasitic infection, bioinformatic analysis in both host and parasite and mathematical modelling of the protective immune response. The project will involve bioinformatic and statistical analysis as well as mathematical modelling. The aim is to enhance our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie resistance to parasite infection and use this understanding to develop sustainable methods of disease control.

Benefits of the scholarship
Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three years, with a value of $26,682 per annum, to support your living costs (under review)
  • opportunities to attend national and international conferences
  • opportunities to research and publish in cutting edge science
  • opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs

How to apply
If you wish to apply for this Scholarship email Professor M. J. Stear at m.stear@latrobe.edu.au with a full CV including 3 referees, and a cover letter outlining why you would like to be considered for this scholarship.

The university will carefully review your application and consider you for this Scholarship.

You will be advised of an outcome by December 2017.

Closing date
Applications close 1 October 2017, unless filled sooner.

Contact us
If you require further information, please
contact:

La Trobe Graduate Research School
grs@latrobe.edu.au



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