POSITION DESCRIPTION Job Title: Research Technician in Fetal Stem Cell Biology (cell therapy, bone repair) Organisation Unit: Centre for Clinical Research Reference Number: 3018712 Type of Employment: Fixed term for 2 years. Classification: HEW Level 5 – 6 (as appropriate) Remuneration: A salary package consisting of: HEW 5 Salary range from $51,763.74 to $57,974.90 per annum base salary Salary package from $60,563.58 - $67,830.63 per annum including employer superannuation of up to17%. HEW 6 Salary range from $59,463.87 to $ 64,077.43 per annum base salary Salary package from $69,572.73 - $ 74,970.59 per annum including 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 Further Information: Prof NM Fisk email@example.com or 07 3346 5300 Dr Jennifer Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org 3346 5528 Dr Eddy Lee email@example.com 3346 6078 BACKGROUND Organisational Environment The University of Queensland’s Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) is a new $70M facility designed to bridge the increasing gap in translational medicine between clinical service and basic research. It is pivotally located alongside the large 1000 bed tertiary Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital (RBWH) and adjacent to the 14-storey Pathology Queensland (diagnostic pathology) block and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research on the Herston campus. It is also strategically positioned to benefit from basic science interactions with the University Of Queensland’s suite of new biomedical research institutes on the St Lucia Campus (Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Queensland Brain Institute, and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology incorporating the Qld node of the Australian Stem Cell Centre). UQCCR’s 11000m2 building incorporates an outpatient facility, 5 wet and 1 dry laboratory floors, lecture theatres and seminar rooms, and new state of the art equipment including confocal microscopy and in vivo molecular imaging. It accommodates clinicians and clinical scientists, basic scientists applying molecular techniques to clinical problems, and clinical trial coordinators and participants. Its joint ‘bench to bedside’ and ‘bedside to bench’ focus addresses critical areas of unmet need in health and disease. UQCCR’s four major research themes comprise Molecular/Cellular Pathology, Neuroscience, Clinical Trials/Outcomes, and Tissue Inflammation and Injury Repair, which are linked by emergent cross cutting themes in stem cells and perinatal medicine. Postgraduate students comprise a mix of researchers with clinical and basic science backgrounds. Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the Centre’s web site at http://www.uqccr.uq.edu.au. These new posts will support postdoctoral fellows within the Experimental Fetal Medicine Group, under the leadership of Professor Nicholas Fisk, and work closely with the Investigative Dermatology Research group under Associate Professor Kiarash Khosrotehrani, and the Osteoimmunology group led by Drs Allison Pettit and Liza Raggatt. Research in this group focuses on four inter-related aspects of fetal stem cell biology, comprising primitive stem cell ontogeny, intrauterine stem cell transplantation for genetic disease, fetomaternal microchimerism, and bone repair. 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. (http://www.uq.edu.au/staff) For a comprehensive guide to family friendly work practices and services visit the Work and Family web site at http://www.uq.edu.au/equity/index.html?page=11661 Further information about the Faculty and the Centre may be accessed on the Faculty’s web site at http://www.uq.edu.au/health/index.html. DUTY STATEMENT Primary Purpose of Position To performing research, administrative and other activities associated with the Centre and its Experimental Fetal Medicine Research Group. Two posts are available, one to support a 3 year NHMRC funded project optimising intrauterine stem cell transplantation in a murine model of osteogenesis imperfecta, and the other as general support for the stem cell bank and translational projects in stem cell characterisation and repair funded by the NHMRC, ARC and Australian Stem Cell Centre. Duties Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Research Undertake laboratory and analytical work, and assist in literature searches Maintain stem cell bank and breeding colonies Assist in experimental procedures Assist in preparation of scholarly papers Keep meticulous records Administration Perform a range of administrative functions within the research group, including administration relating to animal and human ethics, ordering of consumables, laboratory rota tasks and taking responsibility for relevant items of equipment as directed. Contribute to the processes that enable the research group to operate within the Centre, including participating in UQCCR committees where appropriate. Comply with the University’s Code of Conduct (see the University’s web site at http://www.uq.edu.au/staff/employment) 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 primarily to the research group leader, Professor Nicholas Fisk. SELECTION CRITERIA Qualifications Essential Bachelor, Master or Honours in Biological Sciences. Knowledge and Skills Essential Demonstrated technical knowledge in molecular and cellular biology Understanding of small animal research and experience with in vivo models Technical skills in histology Technical skills in cell culture Desirable Previous experience in stem cell biology, or tissue/bone repair Technical skills in developing vectors or transgenes Animal colony management Understanding of research into human disease Experience Essential Academic research experience in laboratory Desirable Experience in stem cell biology: transplantation and tissue repair models Experience in cell tracking, flow cytometry and / or bioluminescence would be advantageous Experience in molecular biology Experience in animal models Evidence of a contribution to research, such as conference presentations or publications. Personal Qualities Essential Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues Able to work with animal models and fetal tissues Good oral and written presentational skills Desirable Potential to work across a range of projects Time management skills Seminar Applicants invited for interview may wish to make a brief presentation in conjunction with the selection interview process. 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: Ms E Slowey Executive Dean’s Office Centre for Clinical Research RBWH Campus The University of Queensland Herston Brisbane QLD 4029 Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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