Title Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Location Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia
Job Information

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) is a newly established health research institute within James Cook University, Australia. AITHM’s focus is on research in tropical health and medicine across a wide range of disciplines.

An opportunity exists for a postdoctoral position in the immunology of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on malaria as a key indication and systems immunology as a platform. A specific interest is to explore the mechanisms underlying immune responsiveness and vaccine efficacy, using samples from humans experimentally infected with Plasmodium parasites in controlled human malaria infections, or naturally exposed to malaria in geographically distinct field sites, as well as rodent models of malaria. A second opportunity exists for a postdoctoral position with an emphasis on omic-based technologies and rational vaccine design. An underlying concept is that development of optimally efficacious interventions against chronic infectious diseases such as malaria will need to improve on nature, and this can be accomplished by mining large-scale omic datasets to identify molecules and mechanisms underlying protective immunity. It is anticipated that this research will have broad application to a wide range of infectious and chronic diseases, with important implications for vaccination.

Selection Criteria

  1. A PhD in any aspect of biological sciences
  2. Expertise in cellular and molecular immunology, with a strong interest in systems immunology and computational science; and/or in immune regulation and host-pathogen interactions
  3. Demonstrated proficiency to carry out high quality research, and record of professional achievement in the relevant discipline area
  4. Demonstrated high-level skills in written and verbal communication, organization, and time management
  5. Good interpersonal skills, and an ability to work in a team environment
  6. Capacity to think outside the box to foster creative achievement and innovative approaches
  7. Experience working in a multidisciplinary environment
  8. Expertise in host-pathogen interactions, immune regulation, malaria, reverse vaccinology, and/or vaccine development

Additional Details & Application Form: https://www.jcu.edu.au/jobs/academic-jobs (# 15456)

Email: Denise.Doolan@jcu.edu.au  Tel: 61 (0) 430 589 981

Application Deadline:  24th January 2016