Job no: 0058995
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Biomedical Sciences
Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super
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About the Doherty Institute, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is one of the departments within the School of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
The Doherty Institute is a world-class institute combining research in infectious disease and immunity with teaching excellence, reference laboratory diagnostic services, epidemiology and clinical services. It is a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.
A new, purpose-built building for the Doherty Institute was completed in early 2014. The members of the Doherty include the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory of the University of Melbourne, the Victorian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System, The Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, The Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, and The World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza.
About the Role
The Research Officer will join the research program of Professor Jason Mackenzie where they will participate in a research program that aims to formulate and construct norovirus virus-like particles (VLPs) that are expressed from mRNA, in combination with other approaches, as potential vaccine candidates. This project will include the use of various pre-clinical animal models to investigate the production of neutralising antibody and define their potency during virus infection in cell culture.
The candidate will be responsible for initiating new areas of investigation and develop the current programs under investigation within the Mackenzie lab and with scientists at Moderna.
- Under the guidance and support of Senior Academic staff conduct internationally competitive research, resulting in publications in high impact journals.
- Contribute to and publish academic papers and other scholarly outputs to a high academic standard in accordance with the research expectations of the University of Melbourne.
- Actively participate in research seminars and conferences to disseminate research findings as opportunities arise.
- Contribute to the preparation, or where appropriate individual preparation of research proposal submissions to internal or external funding bodies as relevant.
- Contribute to scientific mentoring and supervision of students.
You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated by presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums and through manuscript submissions. You will also have experience in using initiative, working with minimal supervision and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines.
You will also have:
- A PhD or close to PhD completion in virology and/or immunology.
- Substantial experience in cell culture-based virus infection.
- Experience with molecular biology/virology.
- Demonstrated ability to expertly apply research methodologies and quantitative/qualitative data analysis.
- Sound knowledge of biosafety issues in handling infectious agents.
Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.
About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.
Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:
- Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
- Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
- Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
- Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
- Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families
To find out more, visit https://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/staff-benefits.
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.
If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.
^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to http://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/selection-criteria
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