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



Title Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions at Washington University in St Louis
Location St Louis, Missouri, USA
Job Information

Background New opportunities to join a highly productive laboratory focused on developing new approaches for studying host-pathogen interactions at the molecular level. The human pathogen Toxoplasma gondii enjoys excellent forward and reverse genetic tools as well as animal models, making it an attractive model for studying host-pathogen interactions. Projects offer potential for independent career advancement and are supported by excellent core facilities for animal studies, biological imaging, genomics, and immunological profiling.
Project 1: Develop small animal models for chronic infection with Toxoplasma gondii as a platform to explore genetic determinants of pathogenesis and regulation of host immunity (Ann. Rev. Micro. 2016, 70: 63-81). Prior experience with immunology, microbiology, and molecular biology are highly desirable.

Project 2: Utilize biochemical analysis of protein complexes and reverse genetic strategies to define the molecular basis of a novel parasite effector that blocks interferon signaling in human cells (Cell Host Microbe 2016, 20: 72-82). Prior experience with molecular genetics, biochemical analysis of protein interactions, and analysis of genome-wide datasets are highly desirable.

Project 3: Discover new pathogenesis determinants by combining CRISPR/Cas9 mediated screening with reverse genetics to define the molecular basis of pathogenesis (Methods Molec. Biol. 2017: 1498, 79-103). Prior experience with molecular genetics, comparative genomics, and analysis of genome-wide datasets are highly desirable.

Criteria Recent Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, or Molecular Biology. Good command of the English language (speaking and writing), analytical, and computational skills are considered essential.

Benefits Washington University offers a highly diverse intellectual community with outstanding training opportunities for postdoctoral fellows. Salary and benefits along with educational and training opportunities are summarized at the Office of Post Graduate Affairs. See http://dbbs.wustl.edu/PostDocs/Pages/PostDocs.aspx

How to apply Submit a current C.V. and names of three references to:
Dr. David Sibley, Professor, (sibley@wustl.edu), Dept. Molecular Microbiology, Washington University Sch. Med., St. Louis, MO 63110.



Title PhD scholarship available in tick-borne pathogen research at Murdoch University
Salary stipend of $27K is available to Australian citizens and permanent resident applicants.
Location Perth, WA
Job Information

Are you interested in vector ecology and next generation sequencing techniques? Would you like to learn advanced molecular techniques in a vibrant research group at Murdoch University? Our group is investigating potentially pathogenic microorganisms in ticks as part of an ARC-funded project entitled “Tiresome ticks: Ecology and transmission of tick-borne disease in Australia”. We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic PhD student to be involved with every aspect of this highly relevant and exciting research. Some background in next generation sequencing is desirable.

A stipend of $27K is available to Australian citizens and permanent resident applicants. Please contact Professor Peter Irwin (P.Irwin@murdoch.edu.au) for more information.



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