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University of Melbourne

Research Officer - Immunology and Infectious Diseases


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Research Officer - Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Job no: 0060215 Location: Parkville 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 – $101,460 - $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Contribute to groundbreaking studies in influenza and SARS-CoV-2 immunity.
  • Drive independent research while shaping the Valkenburg laboratory.
  • 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 is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Research Officer to join A/Prof Sophie Valkenburg's research program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Peter Doherty Institute. You will have the chance to contribute to groundbreaking research focused on understanding broadly reactive immunity against influenza and SARS-CoV-2 through innovative trials, studies, and next-generation vaccines. As a key member of the team, you'll have the autonomy to drive your research initiatives, conduct high level molecular and immunology projects, collaborate with experts in the field, and build a strong publication record in leading specialist journals.

    Your responsibilities will include:

  • Participate in research independently and as a member of a research team
  • Primary research with advanced virus, molecular and immunology approaches and their analysis
  • The production of conference and seminar papers and publications
  • Active participation in the communication and dissemination of research
  • Supervision or co-supervision of major honours or postgraduate research projects within related research area
  • Who We Are Looking For You are the ideal candidate for this role if you bring a strong sense of teamwork and collaboration, recognising the value of diverse perspectives. Your commitment to ongoing learning and adaptability to new challenges fuels your motivation.

    You will also have:

  • A PhD or working towards completion in immunology
  • Substantial experience in working with clinical patient specimens and animal models, innate and adaptive immune assay, at viral, cellular and molecular levels.
  • Sound knowledge of immunology and virology
  • Sound knowledge of data analysis
  • Experience in flow cytometry and tissue culture
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

    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 We're tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

    Be Yourself The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

    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.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

    For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https: //

    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 https://

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Tara Amini via email at [email protected], 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.

    Advertised: 13 Feb 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 12 Mar 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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    Research Officer - Immunology and Infectious Diseases


    University of Melbourne




    February 13, 2024

    Application deadline

    March 12, 2024

    Job type




    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

    Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

    Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

    Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

    Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

    The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

    Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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