Research Fellow

Monash University
Australia (AU), Melbourne, Monash University, Clayton campus
$68,040 - $92,343 AUD pa Level A (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)
October 01 2019
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Job No.: 594587

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration:  Fixed-term 12 month appointment

Remuneration: $68,040 - $92,343 pa Level A (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)

  • Work with a world recognised organisation within Monash University
  • Contribute to a global not-for-profit effort to eliminate infectious diseases
  • Take your career to exciting, rewarding directions

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a global non-profit initiative that calls Monash University home. The Institute of Vector-Borne Disease (IVBD) is collaborating with the World Mosquito Program (WMP) to protect countries around the world from mosquito-borne viruses that threaten the health of people living in tropical and subtropical regions. The WMP uses safe and natural bacteria called Wolbachia to reduce the ability of mosquitoes to transmit diseases including dengue, Zika and chikungunya. Following many years of laboratory research and field trials, the WMP now operates in 12 countries and is expanding. The IVBD seeks to build upon this with a genetic research and surveillance program that can quantify the impact of Wolbachia rollout on vector, human and pathogen populations, and can provide insights into the natural epidemiology of vector-borne diseases.

The Opportunity 

We are looking for a talented Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a new group at the Institute of Vector Borne Disease at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. In the Vector and Pathogen Genomics group we apply omics tools to vectors, viruses and parasites in order to better understand disease transmission and develop tools for disease surveillance and control. Specific interests of the group include population structure and speciation in mosquito vectors, pathogen diversity and relatedness, pathogen-vector interactions and genomic epidemiology. Through the WMP we are able to access an unparalleled global network of field sampling sites with linked epidemiological and ecological data.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to investigate genomic rearrangement and mobile element insertion in Aedes aegypti: using a variety of computational and genomic techniques to characterise the diversity of mobile elements and their reaction to environmental stress. The role would suit a computational biologist looking to work in an important field of infectious disease research, or an experienced vector biologist who would like to pursue a postdoc in a computational field. Researchers with previous experience in statistical/population genetics or evolutionary genomics are encouraged to apply. This position is fully funded for two years with the possibility of extension and offers opportunity for development of an independent research program through development of new projects and acquisition of independent funding.

As the role is in a rapidly developing institute and platform, the role would suit somebody independent and resourceful who is adept at quickly building effective working relationships with a range of local and international project partners, multi-disciplinary colleagues and key stakeholders.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

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Please note, the starting salary for candidates who have completed a PhD will be $86,025 - $92,343 pa Level A PhD (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)

For instructions on how to apply, please refer to “How to apply for Monash Jobs”.


Dr Seth Redmond, Senior Research Fellow,

Position Description

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Closing Date 

Sunday 27 October 2019, 11:55 pm AEDT