The Australian Venom Research Unit is hiring!

The Australian Venom Research Unit currently has two roles available for motivated applicants with relevant qualifications and a desire to work in the field of toxinology.

Antivenom for the Papuan taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus) developed by the Australian Venom Research Unit in collaboration with the Instituto Clodomiro Picado in Coasta Rica.

Research Assistant

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The Australian Venom Research Unit (AVRU), University of Melbourne, has a position for a highly motivated research assistant. The successful applicant will work as part of the team in AVRU’s Proteomics and Antivenomics Laboratory, utilising an integrated “-omics” approach, combined with bioassays and other techniques to characterise venoms and antivenoms. This work forms the core of AVRU’s basic research agenda, and contributes to studies including (but not limited to) investigations of the evolution of snake venoms, the production of venom and antivenom reference standards, and the design of novel biotherapeutics for the treatment of envenoming.

The successful candidate will hold an Honours or Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline and have experience/knowledge of wet lab procedures involved in protein chemistry and related areas of research. They will be motivated to work as part of a team in a complex and challenging research environment and be prepared to develop new skills. Applicants with relevant experience and qualifications, and especially those with interests in protein chemistry, immunology, haemostasis and/or toxinology, are encouraged to apply.

Close date: 12 Jul 2017

Research Fellow

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The Australian Venom Research Unit (AVRU), University of Melbourne, has a full-time position for a dynamic, highly motivated and innovative postdoctoral research fellow. This new position provides the opportunity to develop and lead AVRU’s Information, Communications and Engagement programme. In addition, the successful candidate will manage an ongoing public health research project on venomous injury that is a cornerstone of AVRU’s national research focus.

This role areas of responsibility include: research project planning, development and implementation; research interpretation, translation and communication; and development of public health policy, tools and resources. Strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to translate complex scientific information into an accurate and engaging format that connects with diverse audiences, are essential. Experience in epidemiology, biostatistics or GIS analysis of health data would be an advantage. A PhD degree in the biomedical or life sciences, or another relevant discipline, is essential. A Master of Public Health degree and proven public health research experience is desirable, and previous experience working in public health, accident/injury prevention or surveillance, health communications, research translation, clinical medicine or toxinology would be highly regarded.

Close date: 12 Jul 2017