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Research Officer in Translational Immunology

Job no: 0048293
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full-time; Continuing
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Surgery/ School of Biomedical Sciences
Level A – $80,258 - $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Well-funded research program translating discoveries into treatments and prevention strategies for infectious diseases.
  • Opportunity to work with renowned experts, gain hands-on experience, and contribute to clinical trials in sepsis treatment.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

This is a re-advertised position; previous applicants need not apply.

About the Role
This is an exceptional opportunity for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to join the esteemed laboratory of Prof. Jose Villadangos in collaboration with Dr. Laura Cook at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. As a key member of the Cook group, you will have the chance to develop a well-funded and supported, semi-independent research program that focuses on the fundamental mechanisms of immunity. Working with primary cells, organoid models, and clinical cohort samples, you will contribute to groundbreaking projects aiming to translate discoveries into novel treatment and prevention strategies for infectious diseases and sepsis. With access to state-of-the-art resources, a collaborative team culture, and the opportunity to co-supervise students, this role offers an exciting and unique platform for your professional development in the field of translational immunology.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Independently design and carry out experiments focused on completion of research project aims.
  • Analyse experimental data independently and in a timely manner, including qualitative and statistical analysis, and communicate this information to chief investigators and collaborators.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of all experiments conducted.
  • Prepare and submit competitive grant applications relating to the research program.

Who We Are Looking For
You have a strong analytical ability and maintain accurate research records. Your organisational skills allow you to prioritise tasks effectively and achieve project milestones. With initiative and minimal supervision, you demonstrate verifiable experience. Your excellent communication skills are evident through conference presentations, publications, and interactions with research teams.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in Immunology, Cell Biology, or related disciplines
  • Strong background in immunology and/or cell biology or related areas of interest
  • The ability to work with primary human tissues and/or cells according to ethical guidelines
  • Sound knowledge of biosafety issues in handling infectious agents and primary human samples and ability to adhere to the principles of good laboratory practice
  • Strong background in high-dimensional flow cytometry

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached Position Description.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Your New Team – Department of Microbiology and Immunology
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is at the forefront of groundbreaking research in understanding the immune system and combating infectious diseases. Our dedicated team focuses on unravelling the complexities of pathogens and infectious agents to develop innovative methods for detection, control, and treatment. We strive to manipulate the immune system, enhancing responses against disease-causing organisms and even cancer. As a part of our department, you will be joining a community of scientific excellence and leadership, making a real impact on global health. We offer a collaborative environment where your contributions are valued, and you will have the opportunity to work alongside renowned experts in the field. Join us in our mission to make significant advancements in microbiology, immunology, and the fight against infectious diseases. 

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

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Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Kathrine Robertson via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

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