Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Officer - Infectious Disease

University of Queensland
March 01, 2024
Offerd Salary:$75,808
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Contract Type:fixed-term position
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  • ­Faculty of Medicine – Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR)

  • Join a university ranked in the world's top 50

  • Expertise in infectious disease epidemiology and modelling

  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact

  • Fast track your career with our early career academic development program

  • Based at Herston Campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

    At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

    As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world- class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.

    About This Opportunity

    We are seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Officer to join the Operational Research and Decision Support for Prevention, Control and Elimination of Infectious Diseases (ODeSI) team at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR). This position will specifically bring expertise in infectious disease epidemiology and modelling.

    The ODeSI team (https: // has internationally recognised expertise in neglected tropical diseases, emerging infectious diseases, vaccine preventable diseases, and travel medicine. ODeSI's mission is to optimise infectious disease prevention, control, and elimination by generating new evidence and providing innovative solutions that support clinical and public health decision making. The team has strong multidisciplinary partnerships with clinical and public health decision makers, collaborating with them to co-design research, implement and evaluate interventions, and explore the application of innovative methods and new technologies for disease prevention and control. ODeSI has extensive experience in operational research and field surveys (including international projects), predictive risk mapping and modelling (spatial epidemiology), clinical trials, disease surveillance, and the use of novel methods including Bayesian network, machine learning, social network analysis and dynamic data visualisation tools.

    Through UQ's Health Research Accelerator Program (HERA), the ODeSI team plans to expand its operational research activities in Australia and the Asia Pacific. By collaborating with data science and digital health experts across UQ, the team will also capitalise on advances in information technologies and data analytics to optimise evidence synthesis, information sharing, knowledge dissemination, risk communication, and decision making related to infectious diseases. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with ODeSI's well-established network of collaborators in Australia and internationally to manage our growing research programs on infectious diseases and be at the forefront of exciting new opportunities through the HERA program. Our collaborators include leading universities (e.g., Harvard, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), and global policy and decision makers (WHO, US CDC, Task Force for Global Health).

    Key responsibilities will include:

  • Develop a coherent research program and an emerging research profile aligned with the ODeSI program.

  • Produce quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms by publishing or exhibiting in peer-reviewed research journals, other appropriate refereed publications, and conference publications.

  • Participate in applications for competitive research funding to support projects and activities.

  • Work with the project team and partners to develop and conduct joint research and applications for competitive research funding support.

  • Support the day-to-day management of research initiatives and projects of the ODeSI program.

  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.

  • Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).

  • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.

  • Show leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the unit.

  • This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ's Criteria for Academic Performance.

    This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 2 years at an Academic level A. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $75,808.68 - $100,926.59, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $88,696.16 - $118,084.11 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

    The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

    About You

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD related to infectious disease epidemiology and modelling.

  • An emerging profile in research in the discipline area.

  • Evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.

  • Evidence of contributions towards successfully obtaining external research funding.

  • Evidence of supervision of Honours, Masters and Research Higher Degree students.

  • Some experience in meaningful internal and external service roles, in conjunction with active contributions to external activities.

  • Research expertise and experience in the following are highly desirable:

  • Subject expert in one or more of the following: Antimicrobial resistance; Health economics related to infectious disease; Global health and infectious disease; Neglected tropical diseases; Emerging infectious diseases; Vaccine preventable diseases; Travel medicine.

  • ​Methodological expert in one or more of the following: Infectious disease modelling (statistical and/or mathematical); Data science (big data, visualisation tools, AI and machine learning); Spatial-temporal epidemiology/modelling and disease mapping.

  • Experience and knowledge of applied statistical and/or mathematical modelling. This includes command of a language such as R, Stata, Python, MATLAB or similar.

  • Experience and knowledge of GIS and disease mapping. This includes command of ArcGIS, QGIS, MapInfo or similar.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Sponsorship : Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Benn Sartorius. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • Responses to the ‘About You' section

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Friday 1st March 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-34837). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday 12th March 2024.

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