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    Opportunity: USC Research Fellowship/Senior Research Fellowship @ USC & UQ -- Maroochydore, QLD, Australia
    Submitted by Scott Cummins; posted on Monday, August 26, 2013


    The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is seeking to employ a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow to support an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project titled "Origin of genomically-encoded communication in animals: deciphering the role of peptide signalling in the sea sponge Amphimedon queenslandica". The Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow will be supervised by Dr Scott Cummins who is an ARC Future Fellow at USC and Professor Bernie Degnan who is an ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland (UQ) in the conduct of research on this leading edge ARC Discovery Project.

    This is a rare opportunity for a researcher seeking to fast track their career by contributing to the enhancement of internationally competitive research at USC and UQ in collaboration with world leading researchers, Dr Cummins and Professor Degnan. In addition, the Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow will be exposed to cutting edge research in partnership with leading Universities, research providers, industry and government. The Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow will also work in collaboration with senior researchers at USC and UQ to generate funded projects, produce high quality publications and create research supervision opportunities.


    • Carry out research related to the bioinformatics analysis of peptide signaling in the marine sponge.
    • Attend and participate in regular meetings.
    • Assist in the training of students and junior researchers at USC and UQ.
    • Prepare and deliver verbal presentations within the group and at external conferences as required.
    • Prepare and submit manuscripts for publication, as well as contribute to annual reports.
    • Prepare and submit collaborative research grant applications for funding opportunities.
    • Required to travel to UQ to undertake research.


    • PhD in computational biology or related area.
    • Good programming skills in the field of bioinformatics.
    • Academic or industrial experience in bioinformatics with a focus on integrated analysis of biological systems (gene/protein expression data).
    • Skilled in the application of computational biology tools and techniques with a focus on novel algorithms for integrative omics analysis in biological research.
    • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, consultation and negotiation skills and the capacity to develop effective working relationships with key external and internal contacts.
    • Some experience in the management and interpretation of large biological data sets.
    • Some experience in the production of scholarly publications in high quality, refereed international journals.
    • Some experience working in a multi-disciplinary team as well as working independently.


    Appointment - Full-time fixed-term (five-year) appointment

    The appointment at Level B or C depending on the experience of the candidate will be for 5 years in the first instance incorporating a 3-year probationary period and, depending on performance, may be converted to an ongoing appointment at the end of the 5-year contract. After cessation of this 3 year ARC Discovery project, the Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow can reasonably expect to follow a career pathway that is embedded within one of USC's designated areas of research priority.


    Salary level - University of the Sunshine Coast, The University of Queensland Classification Level B/C (Salary range Level B A$78,429 to A$93,136, Level C A$96,074 to A$110,783 gross per annum plus up to 17 percent employer superannuation contributions)


    Before applying for this position, applicants are requested to visit the University website at where an application information package and additional information are available. For further information, for the USC Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, please contact Dr Scott Cummins, ARC Future Fellow, at or by telephone on 07 5456 5501.


    Applications close by 5pm on Wednesday 4 September 2013

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