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Research Officer

Job no: 0060579
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full Time; Fixed term for 14 months
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences 
School: School of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Level A/B – Level A $80,258 - $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super Or Level B  $114,645 - $136,136 p.a. plus 17% superannuation 

  • Join a CARB-X funded project focused on developing a novel therapeutic for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia.
  • An exciting opportunity to undertake hands-on research with opportunities to teach, mentor, and actively engage in scientific presentations and publications.
  • 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!

About the Role

This role as a Research Officer at The University of Melbourne presents a compelling opportunity to lead critical research in combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, specifically in developing a novel therapeutic for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia through a CARB-X funded project. The position involves hands-on experimentation, collaboration within a dynamic multidisciplinary team, active engagement in teaching and mentoring, and contributing to impactful publications and presentations at various levels.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Plan and execute experiments crucial to the project, ensuring alignment with program timelines and milestones.
  • Work independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team, maintaining detailed experiment records, and actively communicate research outcomes to project leads, managers, investigators, technical experts, and stakeholders.
  • Contribute to teaching, training, and scientific mentoring, supervising junior research staff, and actively engaging in the dissemination of research findings through reports, manuscripts, and presentations at local, national, and international conferences.
  • Undertake leadership responsibilities as requested, perform routine reviews of laboratory practice, and uphold Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) responsibilities in line with funding bodies and departmental standards.

Who We Are Looking For

You will bring substantial experience in murine infection models, characterising host responses to bacterial infection, and utilising classical and contemporary molecular microbiology techniques. You will have a demonstrated track record in independent and team-based research, ability to apply research methodologies effectively, and proficiency in biosafety practices.

You will also have:

  • A Ph.D. in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, or a related appropriate discipline.
  • A clear ability to work independently and collaboratively with academic, administrative, and support staff.
  • Expertise in applying research methodologies, quantitative/qualitative data analysis, and the analysis of bacterial genomics data.
  • Ability to develop clear project plans, timelines, and effectively monitor project progress.

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

Please note: 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'll be joining a community of scientific excellence and leadership, making a real impact on global health.

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!

About the University of Melbourne
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We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the 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 Katherine 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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