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  1. 1. POSITION DESCRIPTION Job Title: Research Assistant Organisation Unit: School of Biomedical Sciences Reference Number: 3018255 Type of Employment: Fixed Term of 12 months (with possibility of renewal) Classification: HEW Level 4 Remuneration: A salary package consisting of: Base salary range from $44,012.60 to $46,883.30, plus employer superannuation of up to 17%. Appointments on a short term contract basis qualify for 9% of employer contribution. For staff entitled to 17% employer contributions, UniSuper does not mandate a level of member contribution to superannuation. However, in order to receive the full standard range of benefits under UniSuper, the member must pay 7% contribution from their salary (or a salary sacrifice equivalent contribution of 8.25%). It will be assumed that a 7% member contribution will apply unless the member formally notifies UniSuper of a decision of pay a lesser member contribution (or no member contribution). Closing Date: 15th July 2008 Further Information: For further information contact, Professor Shaun P. Collin Telephone: (07) 3365 4066 Email: BACKGROUND Organisational Environment The School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland is widely acknowledged as one the leading Schools of Biomedical Sciences in Australia. The School comprises 47 teaching and learning academic staff with 11 Professors, 14 Associate Professors, 8 Senior Lecturers, 5 Lecturers and 9 Associate Lecturers. In addition, the School is home to a number of prestigious Research Fellows funded externally by both the NHMRC and the ARC. Our vision is to attract the best and brightest academics in these fields to the University of Queensland and educate the next generation of science leaders in Australia. The University of Queensland is ranked 29 in the world's top 100 for biomedicine. Take a tour of the School of Biomedical Sciences... Information for Prospective Staff Information about the University, State of Queensland, living in Brisbane and employment at the University is at the University’s web site. ( For a comprehensive guide to family friendly work practices and services visit the Work and Family web site at
  2. 2. DUTY STATEMENT Primary Purpose of Position The successful applicant for this position will be expected to undertake research under the supervision of the Group Leader on an industry-based project on developing alternate diets in barramundi fish by investigating feeding behaviour under controlled conditions. Although an aquaculture-based project, the research is neurobiological, where the relative importance of different senses in feeding will be assessed behaviourally. The successful applicant would ideally possess a BSc in neuroscience and/or marine biology with experience in keeping fish and/or in the aquaculture industry. The person should also have some experience in running behavioural experiments in animals and ideally have a neurobiological background. Some experience in experimental techniques would be desirable. Most of the work will take place at the Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island. Therefore, an important criterion for employment would be the successful applicant’s ability to get to and work at the MBRS on a daily basis. Duties Duties will include running behavioural trials with various sized barramundi to assess the relative importance of different senses such as vision, olfaction and gustation. These experiments will be carried out in aquaria in the laboratories of the MBRS on North Stradbroke Island.. Monitoring feeding, video recording and analysis of feeding behaviour using specialised computer software will be a large part of the position. There may be some opportunities to do some neurophysiological recording of nerve activity following chemosensory stimulation. Occupational Health and Safety: • Comply with requirements of Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or School. • Comply with requirements of Queensland environmental management (EMS) legislation and related EMS responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or School. • Comply with the University’s Code of Conduct (see the University’s web site at ) Reporting Relationships The position reports to Professor Shaun Collin, School of Biomedical Sciences. Experience The successful applicant would ideally possess a BSc Hons in neurobiology and/or marine biology, with experience in running behavioural trials in animals. A background in animal care, behaviour and fish biology would be desirable, whereexperience in computer and video analysis would also be an advantage. Applicants should have the ability to work independently and within a group and most importantly be able to work for extended periods at the Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island. APPLICATION Applications must consist of the following: 1. Covering Letter. The covering letter should include the vacancy reference number, your contact address and telephone number. It is an opportunity in not more than one page to introduce yourself and highlight the key reasons for your
  3. 3. interest in this position. 2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae. A resume is a brief history of your employment and experience that covers the following areas: • Educational qualifications and professional affiliations that detail the full title of the qualification, the year awarded and the title of the institution attended; • Employment history in chronological order, starting with current position and specifying dates of employment, title of each position, name of employer, main duties or accountabilities and achievements; and • The names and contact details (address, telephone, fax and e-mail) of three referees, including if possible a senior person (preferably your supervisor or the head of your organisational unit) closely associated with your current work. An academic curriculum vitae should include research fields and current interests, publications (full list as attachment with three most significant marked with an asterisk), research grants awarded and, if applicable, details of teaching evaluation. Applications are to be sent to: School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane QLD 4072. Attention: Deborah McCamley Or email: Please note: • Applications should be typed; • Do not send applications that are bound or enclosed in plastic or manila folders; • Simply staple the application at the top left hand corner; and • Retain a copy for your reference because the University does not return copies to applicants. SELECTION PROCESS A Selection Committee will consider all applications and shortlist candidates for interview who appear to meet the selection criteria at the highest levels. They will be invited to attend an interview and the remaining unsuccessful applicants will be notified accordingly. An invitation to attend an interview provides an opportunity to provide further information to the Selection Committee to substantiate your claims against the selection criteria or demonstrate your capabilities. Please note that for some positions interviews may be conducted by teleconference in the first instance. The Selection Committee will subsequently seek referee reports, if not sought prior to interview, before making a decision to make an offer of appointment to the preferred candidate. The purpose of referee checks is to obtain, in confidence, factual information about your past work history, as well as opinions regarding the quality of your work, behaviour in the work place and suitability for the position. Referee reports may be sought orally, or for academic staff, in writing by post or e-mail. Referees should normally include current supervisors or and/or managers. A referee must be able to comment on your work experience, skills and performance with respect to the selection criteria. Referee checks conducted after the interview process can sometimes delay notification of the successful candidate and other interviewees. If you are the preferred candidate, you will receive a written offer of appointment to the position. Do not take any action, such as resigning from your current position, before you receive a written offer of appointment. The University of Queensland is an equal opportunity employer.
  4. 4. Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings.