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Senior Postdoc Position - Flies/Australia

Phil Batterham p.batterham at genetics.unimelb.edu.au
Fri Apr 14 08:49:02 EST 2000

Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow

Department of Genetics

The Position: You will work within the Centre for Environmental Stress
and Adaptation Research (CESAR), reporting to Drs. Philip Batterham and
David Heckel.  This program aims to investigate the ways in which
insects adapt to chemical stresses imposed by insecticide usage. You
will take a leading role in developing research on the positional
cloning of insecticide resistance genes in Drosophila melanogaster and
the cloning and characterisation of insecticide detoxification gene
families in pest insects ? Helicoverpa armigera (cotton bollworm) and
Lucilia cuprina (Australian sheep blowfly).

The Person: You will have a Ph.D. and an extensive amount of
postdoctoral experience in either genomics or Drosophila molecular
genetics. You will have a record of refereed publications in
international journals and experience in applying for external research
funding. You will have effective communication skills and be able to
work cooperatively and effectively in a research team.

The Benefits: Salary $49,907 ? $59,264 (Research Fellow Grade 2, Level
B), $61,135 - $70,493 (Senior Research Fellow, Level C) plus 17 percent
employer superannuation contributions.

Employment Type: This is a fixed term (research) position available
until December 31 2002.

Contact: Dr. Philip Batterham, tel. (03) 8344 5137, email:
p.batterham at genetics.unimelb.edu.au or Dr. David Heckel, tel. (03) 8344
9877, email: d.heckel at genetics.unimelb.edu.au



Position Number Y0008931



1. The University of Melbourne

Founded in 1853, the University commenced teaching its first students in
1855. Now, the University has over 30,000 students in a broad range of
professional disciplines.  Over 6000 students are higher degree
students. The University has over 5000 staff members.  The University is
Australia’s leading research based university, with an international
profile through its reputation for scholarship and teaching. It is a
founding member of Universitas 21, an international federation of

The University is committed to equal opportunity in education,
employment and welfare for staff and students. Staff and students are
selected and promoted on merit.

The Vice Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and
responsible to Council for governance. The Academic Board is responsible
to Council for academic matters. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor are
the Deans of each Faculty, three Deputy Vice Chancellors, the Vice
Principals University Development and Information, the Registrar and
Academic Registrar.

2. Budget Division

The Faculty of Science is one of the University’s largest faculties and
has 5400 undergraduate and postgraduate students. There are four schools
and five departments including the Schools of Chemistry, Earth Sciences,
Botany and Physics and the Departments of Genetics, Information Systems,
Mathematics and Statistics, Optometry and Vision Sciences and Zoology.
The faculty provides integrated programs of teaching, postgraduate
training and community service, all of which are based on a solid
foundation of research in both the pure and applied sciences.

3. Organisation Unit

The Department of Genetics is actively involved in the concurrent
activities of undergraduate and post-graduate levels of tertiary
education and extensive research programs having fundamental and applied
significance within the discipline of Genetics.

The Department consists of approximately 70 members consisting of ten
academic staff, eight general staff, five research associates, post
doctorals and research staff, postgraduate and honours students and
various visiting academics. The current annual operating budget for the
Department is 1.5 million and it attracted $1 million in external
research grants in 1999.

The Centre for Environmental Stress and Adaptation Research (CESAR) is a
new ARC funded Special Research Centre.  The Centre is lead by Professor
Ary Hoffmann (La Trobe University) and has nodes at LaTrobe, Monash and
Melbourne Universities.  In 2000 the Centre has a research budget of
approximately $1.4 million.  The research programme at the Melbourne
node aims to investigate the ways in which insects adapt to chemical
stresses imposed by insecticide usage.

4. Organisation Chart

Refer to attachment 1.

5. Key Responsibilities

In association with Drs Batterham and Heckel, define the direction and
set goals for research to investigate the adaptation of insects to
chemical stresses imposed by insecticide usage.

With other members of the laboratory, develop and implement protocols
for the rapid mapping and cloning of Drosophila genes using molecular

With other members of the laboratory, develop and implement protocols
for the cloning of detoxification gene families in Helicoverpa armigera
(cotton bollworm) and Lucilia cuprina (Australian sheep blowfly).

Interact with and supervise Honours and Postgraduate students and
Research Assistants.

Conduct a limited amount of undergraduate teaching.

Write grant applications and pursue funding with industry bodies.

Write manuscripts reporting on research results for publication in
peer-reviewed journals.

Attend scientific conferences.
Attend laboratory meetings, seminars and departmental meetings.

6. Occupational Health and Safety

All Staff are responsible for the following safe work procedures and
* taking reasonable care for the safety of self and others
* ensuring that any hazardous conditions, near misses and injuries are
reported immediately to a supervisor
* seeking guidance for all new or modified work procedures
* participating in meetings, training and other health and safety
* wearing personal protective equipment as provided
* using equipment in compliance with relevant guidelines, without
willful interference or misuse.

In addition, ACADEMIC STAFF are responsible for ensuring that an
equivalent standard of health and safety is afforded to their students
as is afforded to University staff generally. Academic staff are deemed
to have principal supervisory duty for undergraduate and postgraduate
student activities.

Supervisors are responsible for:
* developing new work procedures, as required, in conjunction with
relevant persons ensuring all safe work
* procedures are followed
* ensuring the use of appropriate personal protective clothing and
* providing adequate supervision through technical guidance and support
* identifying and control hazardous conditions
* ensuring safe storagehandling and transport of hazardous substances
* ensuring that all accidents and injuries are reported.

7. Selection Criteria

For appointment to this position the applicant should:

* have postdoctoral experience in genomics or Drosophila molecular
* have refereed publications in international journals arising from
* be able to communicate professional skills by example
* have some experience in the pursuit of external research funding
* be a member or leader of a research team.

Research incorporates a range of activities relating to the conduct of
research, and/or publications arising from scholarship and research.  In
assessing the applicant's contribution to research, the following will
be taken into account:

* qualifications based on research degrees
* the quality of research projects completed or currently engaged
* the extent of the applicant's personal contribution to such research
* role in research teams
* research supervision
* provision of advice on research to students and colleagues
* the extent and quality of original publications or equivalent, which
have been subject to peer review and the contribution of the applicant
to such publications
* recognition of research and scholarship through grants, awards,
scholarships, fellowships, etc
* success in competitive peer review grant applications
* critical reviews of the applicants' published work;
* invitations to address scholarly meetings and conferences
* work as consultant, reviewer or assessor of research activities.

If you are not currently either an Australian citizen or a permanent
resident, please advise of the status of your Australian visa for the
period of the appointment.

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