position description - Hudson Institute of Medical Research

RES Level A (Postdoctoral Research Officer)
Group & Centre:
Centre for Cancer Research
Employment Agreement
Hudson Institute of Medical Research Enterprise Agreement
RES Level A
Date Last Updated:
July 2015
About Hudson Institute
Hudson Institute of Medical Research is a NHMRC accredited, not-for-profit, independent medical
research institute in Clayton, Victoria, Australia. The Institute hosts more than 400 leading research
experts and postgraduate students in its state-of-the-art research platforms and facilities and has
taken its place as a leader in improving global wellbeing through excellence in medical research and
clinical application.
As one of Melbourne’s top medical research institutes and the research hub of the Monash Health
Translation Precinct (MHTP), Hudson scientists and clinicians are at the forefront of discovery and
translational research. Our partnerships with Monash Health and Monash University have uniquely
positioned the Institute to directly translate our discoveries into patient treatments and to research
those issues identified in the clinic.
The Institute drives innovative, cutting-edge research programs to tackle key health priorities in
Cancer, Genetic Disease, Immunity, Inflammation and Infectious Diseases, Reproductive Health,
Fetal, Neonatal and Children’s Health, Endocrinology and Metabolism. Through world-class
biomedical research the Hudson Institute strives to advance healthcare through an increased
understanding of disease and its diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Overview of the Position
The Research Officer will initiate and conduct research in the areas of post transcriptional and
epigenetic regulation in colon cancer and intestinal development. The position will use state-of the art
technologies (genetically engineered murine models, CRISPR/RNAi, proteomic approaches) to
identify and characterize novel oncogenes in colon cancer and dissect their therapeutic relevance.
The Postdoctoral Research Officer will report and be mentored under Dr Ron Firestein.
Typical activities for this role include:
 Expected to contribute towards the research effort of the Institute and to develop research
expertise through the pursuit of defined projects relevant to the particular field of research.
 May conceptualize and develop small research projects
 Will have an increasing degree of autonomy as they gain skills & experience
 Will demonstrate areas of specialist expertise
 Will contribute significant intellectual input into the technical aspects of research direction
 May be working towards an independent research career
Accountabilities, Characteristics and Responsibilities
Qualifications, Experience and
Publications and Research Output
Prizes Awards and Grants
Post-doctoral qualification or M.D/PhD training in
cancer biology, molecular biology, genetics,
biochemistry or a related disicpline
 0 to 4 years post-doctoral research experience in
health and medical disciplines
Working towards establishing a publications history
Will have work published in refereed journals, books,
conference & seminar papers
 Will have evidence of other significant research outputs
including conference papers, reports, professional or
technical contributions which provide evidence of
research ability and potential for future development
Leadership and Contributions to
Research Training
Peer Recognition
Research Translation –
Commercialisation, Clinical & Public
Health Activities
Will contribute to grant writing
Will oversee or coordinate other research/technical
staff and/or students (possibly in a shared supervisory
 May supervise students at undergraduate levels or
higher in a shared supervisory role
Plans, leads and facilitates internal collaborative
 Presents at national & sometimes international
meetings where appropriate
 Involvement in appropriate professional activities
Working Relationships
Laboratory Head
Laboratory Staff
Scientific Support staff
About the Hudson Institute
Vision and Values:
Our Vision:
To enhance human health and the quality of life through ground-breaking
discovery research and innovation in biology, medicine and biotechnology.
Our Mission: To capitalise on our diverse research strengths and our close partnership with
Australia’s largest health care organisation and its largest University to
provide transformative and innovative solutions to major health problems.
Our Values:
We are committed to research excellence, and the health and wellbeing of
the community.
We inspire and enable world class researchers, driven by health’s greatest
challenges, to work creatively and effectively at the frontiers of science and
Collaboration: The connectedness between our researchers and our front-line clinicians
creates an enriched, energetic environment with few boundaries, creating a
greater wealth of knowledge which drives improved treatment outcomes for
important diseases.
Our multidisciplinary research encompasses the entire lifespan and enables
our researchers to apply their combined skills to spark the most creative
ideas, unexpected discoveries and innovative solutions.
Our pursuit of the highest level of knowledge is undertaken with integrity and
enthusiasm, achieving the most significant outcomes whilst nurturing and
inspiring the next generation of scientists.
Other relevant information:
The Hudson Institute is a totally smoke free workplace.
The position is subject to terms set out in the Hudson Institute Policies and Procedures
and any subsequent variation to these.
The Hudson Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
The Hudson Institute has a commitment to Occupational Health and Safety. It is a
condition of employment that staff comply with all health and safety related policy and
procedures and take part in activities designed to improve the health and safety of the
It is a requirement of the position to participate in the annual Performance Planning and
Review process.
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