Research Fellow in Global Influenza Dynamics

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Nov 25, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 0057620
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full-time; Fixed-term for 12 months with an extension possible
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About - Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The Melbourne School of Population Health was established in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences in 2001. It became the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health in 2013. Approximately 300 academic and professional staff work across the School and its partner agencies. The School’s total budget is in excess of $50m. There are approximately 120 higher degree research students (predominantly PhD).

The School aims to strengthen the understanding, capacity and services of society to meet population health needs and to improve the quality and equity of health care. It employs a population health framework that incorporates public health and preventative medicine, health promotion, clinical medicine and allied healthcare disciplines and an equity and evidence-based approach to health care and health policy.

About the Role
The Research Fellow in Global Influenza Dynamics will undertake an integrated program of research in the mathematical sciences to study the global circulation of influenza viruses, with the aim to understand the emergence and impact of different strains in time and space. The role of antigenic drift, multi-strain dynamics, immune development and cross-protection will be considered and their potential roles in shaping global influenza dynamics will be investigated.

Data sources, including but not limited to serological data, infection data and genomic data, will be drawn upon to inform model parametisation. Applications in terms of improved epidemic forecasting for seasonal epidemics and/or strategies for enhancing annual vaccination strain selection processes may be considered.

Responsibilities include:

About You
You will have completed (or be nearing completion) a PhD in infectious disease dynamics, applied mathematics, or a closely related field of research, with a developing or established profile in research as a member of a team. You will have sound written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate technical material to a range of less or non-technical stakeholders from both a research and policy environment.

You will also have:

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

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Be Yourself
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

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