Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Queensland
About This Opportunity
An opportunity has arisen for a Research Fellow to engage in research to further their expertise and growing research profile to achieve national and international recognition in their discipline. At this level it is expected that in incumbent will efficiently manage service and engagement roles and activities.
A Postdoctoral Research Fellow will focus efforts on conducting research to improve digestive health by exploring the pathophysiology and effects of interventions targeting the gut microbiome. The Fellow will work in a multiprofessional team of gastroenterologists, basic scientists (microbiologists), and allied health staff utilising state-of-the-art technologies and solid knowledge of relevant computational methods. The translational research complements other clinical and basic science projects.
The candidate is expected to understand the roles of the human microbiota in health and disease; is prepared to engage, in a variety of activities including preparation of applications for external funding, publishing outcomes in high-quality outlets, and contributing to the supervision of honours, postgraduate students, and professional staff. At this level it is expected that the incumbent will contribute to service and engagement roles and activities.
As research focused academic at level A the incumbent will be supported and guided by more senior academic research staff with the expectation of an increasing degree of autonomy over time.
Key responsibilities include:Research
Conduct high quality research to analyse the responses of individual and defined mixtures of microbes to environmental and nutritional cues, to assess their impacts on host response
Use “omics-based” approaches to further our understanding of microbial physiology, metabolism and/or ecology
Use mammalian cell culture methods to support assessment of their response to microbial-derived cues
Provide support to ongoing and new research projects in basic science and clinical studies
Develop a research program aligned with existing research programs at the Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital to achieve national recognition and impact in the research area.
Produces and contribute to quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms by publishing or exhibiting in national research journals, other appropriate refereed publications and conference publications, with a lead role in some outputs.
Participate in or contribute as chief investigator role (often in conjunction with more experienced researchers) in applications for competitive research funding to support projects and activities, which includes actively seeking, obtaining, and managing research funding.
Work with colleagues in the development of joint research projects and applications for competitive research funding support.
Contribute to progressing towards transfer of knowledge, technology, and practices to research end users through translation, including commercialisation of UQ intellectual property.
Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.
Where undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is undertaken achieve teaching quality as indicated by approved surveys and outcomes for students and improve or innovate where appropriate in response to feedback.
Supervision and Researcher Development
Demonstrate a track record of the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students.
Demonstrates personal effectiveness in supervision and management and development of researcher capability and skill.
Facilitate engagement opportunities for Higher Degree by Research supervisees
Effective lead and develop supervisee performance and conduct by providing feedback, coaching, and professional development.
Manage staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.
Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.
Demonstrate behaviours that align to the UQ values.
Shows leadership of self and others through mentoring, collaboration, and active participation in priority activities for the unit
Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during other team members absences.
Effectively and efficiently manage internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision- making and service on relevant committees.
Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit.
Actively pursue and develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies, and the wider community.
PhD in biological science, or a related field
Demonstrated expertise in molecular microbiology methods, including the development, preparation, and utilization of techniques for the isolation of fastidious microbes, from clinical and/or animal specimens.
Experience in utilising a number of core technologies and “omics-based approaches” including quantitative PCR, tissue and specimen processing for the isolation of DNA, RNA, or proteins, recombinant DNA techniques,
Expertise in data analysis and basic biostatistics, including various work packages in support of microbiome data analysis and interpretation
A growing profile in research in the discipline area.
A developing reputation and track record of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.
Evidence of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing external research funding.
A growing record of supervision of Honours and Research Higher Degree students to successful completion.
Experience in meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with active contributions to external activities
What We Can Offer
This is a full-time (1FTE) fixed-term position through to 31st October 2024 at Academic Level B
The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $104,579 – $124,187 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $122,358 – $145,299 per annum.
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