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  • 1. POSITION DESCRIPTION Job Title: Research Officer Organisation Unit: Diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine Reference 3011104 Number: Type of Full-time, fixed term appointment for 1 year, with likely extension to 3 Employment: years, subject to satisfactory yearly review and funding Classification: Academic Research Level A Remuneration: Gross salary package from $73,848.38 to $78,881.62 per annum. A salary package consisting of: Salary range from $62,807.16 to $67,420.18 per annum, plus employer superannuation of up to 17%. 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). Other options for salary sacrifice include a motor vehicle, laptop computer, campus car parking and "in-house" benefits Closing Date: 24 May 2009 Further Professor Ranjeny Thomas, telephone (07) 3240 5365 Information: BACKGROUND Organisational Environment The Diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine was established in 2007 as the sixth research institute of The University of Queensland. The aim of the Institute is to develop a better understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of disease, and to translate that understanding into practical outcomes for patients. Based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital teaching campus in Brisbane, the Institute has over 200 researchers and students who work closely with clinicians in the areas of cancer biology, immunology and metabolic medicine. Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the Institute’s web site at 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 The University of Queensland Enterprise agreement (Academic Staff) outlines the position
  • 2. classification standards for Levels A to E. DUTY STATEMENT Primary Purpose of Position A post-doctoral fellow experienced in the field of vaccination, delivery or immunology wishing to conduct high quality research on development of an antigen-specific immunotherapy for rheumatoid arthritis. This will involve design, construction and quality testing of particulate preparations, including liposomes, and testing of toxicity and efficacy in vitro and in vivo. Collaboration with immunologists, companies involved in product manufacture, and regulatory authorities will be required. Duties  Conduct research, including assays of human T cell immune function in mice and humans, in vitro and in vivo, and publish results.  Design, construct and quality test particulate liposome preparations containing antigenic peptide and immunomodulatory drugs.  Test these preparations in vitro and in vivo to determine product specifications for clinical trial manufacture.  Liaise with personnel involved in liposome manufacture of GMP material. Carry out and document in vitro and in vivo toxicity analyses of the product for IND application and liaise and provide product to CROs who will be involved.  Carry out additional pre-clinical or supporting experiments in vitro or in mice e.g. to develop new products, in the field of tolerising immunotherapy.  Contribute to safe laboratory working environment  Contribute to supervision of junior members of laboratory and liaise with clinical and laboratory staff for the smooth running of the clinical trial. 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. Reporting Relationships The position reports to Professor Ranjeny Thomas. SELECTION CRITERIA Qualifications Essential • A research based higher degree in an area of biology e.g. immunology, pharmacy, biochemistry, and practical laboratory experience in liposome preparation and/or cellular immunology. Experience in flow cytometry and T cell functional assays, HPLC, and toxicity studies would be desirable. Knowledge and Skills Essential • Laboratory skills: Handling biological specimens and infectious agents, understanding of basic laboratory safety (such as radiation and chemical toxicity). • Excellent record keeping and attention to detail • Good interpersonal and communication skills • Computer literacy • Ability to work independently with excellent organisational skills that allow for meeting deadlines.
  • 3. Experience Essential • Evidence of previous contribution to research • Desirable • Experience in working to standard operating procedures and to good laboratory practice standards • Experience in writing protocols and procedures, reports and applications to regulatory bodies Personal Qualities Essential • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues • Ability to work relatively independently with excellent organisational skills that allow for meeting deadlines. • Ability to be a positive, willing, contributing and adaptable member of the team at all times. 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 you should be considered for the role. 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. 3. Selection Criteria. A statement addressing how each of the selection criteria have been met is required to assist the Selection Committee determine whether you have the relevant qualifications, knowledge/skills, experience and personal qualities. 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: Human Resources Advisor Diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology & Metabolic Medicine Level 4, Research Wing Princess Alexandra Hospital Ipswich Rd Woolloongabba Qld 4102 Or email:
  • 4. Please note: • Applications should be typed; • Do not send applications that are bound or enclosed in plastic or manilla 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. Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings. 20011019