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AITHM is building a world-leading health and medical research institute, which is solving problems of major importance to tropical Australia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and the Tropics worldwide.

AITHM researchers are dedicated to excellence in tropical health and medical research, biotechnology and research education, and are driven to improve health outcomes for people living in rural and remote areas, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and underserved populations in the tropics worldwide.

Research, professional and technical positions with AITHM are advertised on the James Cook University Jobs@JCU website.


16 November 2021

Research Fellow, Computer Science

The Research Fellow, Computer Science will develop models and software programs in disease simulation: specifically, mathematical modelling of emerging infectious diseases relevant to the Asia-Pacific region. This will entail both theoretical models and analysis of experimental data from several databases.

The incumbent will be part of the Australian Institute for Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM), based at James Cook University (JCU) with key nodes in Townsville, Cairns, the Torres Strait and Mackay. The incumbent will contribute to research projects that improve tropical public health by developing a strong evidence base for healthcare and will work with other post-doctoral fellows within AITHM, forming collaborations across the Institute.

The Research Fellow, Computer Science will contribute to the development of mathematical models in the context of regional surveillance of emerging infectious diseases. It may include statistical analysis of programmatic data, as well as epidemiological modeling and possibly extending to health economic models, intra-host models or health system models. The incumbent will also provide research training of doctoral students, publication of manuscripts and preparation of grant applications to establish new research projects. 

The Research Fellow, Computer Science will participate in other research projects conducted by AITHM as required, teaching activities and supervision of postgraduate students as well as presenting research at both local and international conferences.

Applicant Profile:

  • Training or experience in a quantitative field such as: physics, engineering, applied mathematics, computational biology, clinical epidemiology, health economics, bioinformatics or biostatistics
  • Completion of at least Master’s level in computer science or bioinformatics
  • Experience with projects involving version control platforms and debugging tools
  • Ability to work independently and produce high-quality code based on requirements and specifications worked out with other team members.
  • Demonstrated publication record in peer reviewed journals and a proven ability to develop and lead research projects
  • Excellent written, spoken and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to interact well with research and technical staff and students

Appointment Details:

  • Full time - 36.25 hours per week
  • Fixed term contract 31 December 2023
  • Academic Level B $95,937 - $133,201
  • Up to 17% superannuation
  • 5 weeks annual leave

Applications close: 12 December 2021

How to Apply
Visit the Careers at JCU website - vacancy reference 17700 : https://www.jcu.edu.au/careers-at-jcu/vacancies


12 November 2021

Postdoctoral bioinformatic researcher in systems immunology of infectious diseases

AITHM at James Cook University is seeking an inspired and talented researcher to join the team. This position is based at the JCU Nguma-bada campus in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

The Role:
We are using cutting-edge systems immunology to investigate the fundamental question of why humans respond differently to pathogen infection. It is not known why some individuals are asymptomatic, others exhibit mild or severe disease, and others die when exposed to a disease-causing pathogen. Nor why vaccines provide high level of protection to some individuals but fail to protect others. This project will apply systems immunology approaches, which integrate bioinformatics, computational sciences and immunology in order to understand the immune response to different infectious diseases and identify immunological signatures predictive of infection or disease status.

A particular focus will be on controlled human infection models of malaria but will expand to other priority diseases. You will work in a multi-disciplinary team using molecular immunology, transcriptomics, and quantitative proteomics to perform deep immune profiling by analysing and integrating large multi-omic datasets This project will use innovative bioinformatics approaches to identify host factors associated with response to disease, ultimately identifying immune signatures that can predict how an individual will respond to pathogen infection or vaccination.

Applicant Profile:
With a PhD or equivalent in the field of computational science (such as bioinformatics or computational biology) or biomedical science (such as immunology or cell biology), you will have expertise in bioinformatic analysis using R and other specialist software is required. A background in systems immunology, molecular immunology, single cell analyses, or infectious diseases is advantageous. Excellent computer, communication, and organisational skills are essential. Forward thinking, innovation and creativity are highly encouraged.

Appointment Details:

  • Full time - 36.25 hours per week
  • Two-year fixed term contract, with a possibility of renewal
  • Academic Level A – C $85,349 - $133,913 commensurate with experience and qualifications
  • Up to 17% superannuation
  • 5 weeks annual leave

Applications close: 12 December 2021

How to Apply
Visit the Careers at JCU website - vacancy reference 17691: https://www.jcu.edu.au/careers-at-jcu/vacancies

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22 October 2021

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Be part of an influential team who is supporting the development of new treatments for Type 2 diabetes.

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine is developing new treatments for Type 2 diabetes. Clinical trials have already explored if parasitic worms, such as hookworms, can protect infected humans from developing Type 2 diabetes by targeting inflammation - a major contributing factor to some metabolic conditions, like Type 2 diabetes.

This project targets these proteins and replicates them in the lab using pharmaceutical industry standards. You will perform research and in vitro screening experiments using human or mouse immune cells to test for hookworm-derived proteins that promote specific cytokine responses as well as using mice to test for hookworm-derived proteins that induce particular immune responses that may be beneficial in Type 2 diabetes.

What you can bring to the role
You will have completed a doctorate degree with a focus on science, biomedical science, and/or disciplines such as immunology, biotechnology, endocrinology or cell biology. It is also essential to have experience working with research projects involving the use of pre-clinical models of disease, and downstream analytical techniques such as flow cytometry, qPCR, ELISA or cytometric bead arrays.

Full time, fixed term opportunity to 31 December 2024
Based in tropical North Queensland, Cairns
Academic Level A, Step 50 $82,357 p.a. plus 17% super

How to Apply
Visit the Careers at JCU website - vacancy reference 17652 : https://www.jcu.edu.au/careers-at-jcu/vacancies

Applications close: 15 November 2021