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Current vacancies

Postdoctoral Position in Bacteriology - Institute Pasteur du Cambodge

The Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) in Phnom Penh, is developing its bacteriology research capacity, focusing on antibiotic resistance in Cambodia. This is being done in partnership with the Institut Pasteur, Paris, France (IP) and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (Doherty Institute).  

IPC is already hosting local and international researchers including researchers from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and the Centre International de Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) who are working on the ecology and evolution of antibiotic resistance using a “One Health” approach. In addition, IPC is strengthening collaboration between its clinical epidemiology team and the Cambodian hospitals on this priority topic from a public health perspective.   As medium-term goal (2 years), IPC is planning to develop a new research unit dedicated to bacteriology focusing on antibiotic resistance. The aim of the recruitment of a 2-year post-doctoral position is to develop a collaborative program of bacteriology research at IPC that leverages the power of bacterial population genomics to address locally relevant questions. The early career research microbiologist will benefit of a 2-year post-doctoral position based at IPC within the Medical Biology Laboratory where research projects are ongoing around this theme and most of the necessary lab equipment is available. The successful applicant will have expertise in experimental bacteriology of human pathogens and bacterial population genomics with a focus on antibiotic resistance. The three institutions (IPC, IP, Doherty Institute) and the researchers from partner institutions will support the postdoctoral candidate to secure additional funding to build the capacity and longevity of a research unit dedicated to this topic to be set up after those 2 post-doctoral years.   

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The deadline for applications is Monday, 6 January 2020

Project Coordinator - SPECTRUM/SPARK

We are searching for someone to assist with project coordination and administrative support for collaborative and training activities to be undertaken in Australia and the Region, funded by two closely related projects: Supporting Participatory Evidence generation for Control of Transmissible diseases in our Region Using Modelling (SPECTRUM - NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence) and Supporting Preparedness in the Asia-Pacific Region through Knowledge (SPARK - DFAT Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security). This role will involve reporting, management of meetings, maintenance of websites and overall support of the operational day-to-day activities of the projects. The incumbent will work collaboratively with staff across the Doherty Institute and its partners to deliver an excellent level of service to support the effective operation of SPECTRUM and SPARK.

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The deadline for applications is 11.55pm on Sunday, 12 January. 


We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced receptionist to join the Doherty Institute in 2020 to act as the first point of contact of the institute. This is a busy position and would suit someone who enjoys a diverse and varied role. This role is responsible for a number of administrative activities, including support and coordination of various seminars and coordination of room bookings.

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The deadline for applications is 11.55pm on Sunday, 12 January. 

Education and Training Project Officer

We are seeking an Education and Training Project Officer to assist with the implementation and success of the Doherty Institute’s PhD program. This role is responsible for the delivery of a range of activities, including workshops, seminars, and internships for participants in the Doherty Institute’s PhD program. The role would also support the development of other educational activities across the Institute.

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The deadline for applications is 11.55pm on Sunday, 12 January. 

Camera 2 Study - PhD Position

Expressions of Interest are currently being accepted for a Infectious Disease or Microbiology Fellow to condcut follow on studies from CAMERA2 as part of a PhD. 

CAMERA2 was a randomised controlled trial that compared standard therapy with standard therapy plus an anti-staphylococcal β-lactam for MRSA bacteraemia. Results were presented at ECCMID 2019 (see here).

There are several planned sub-studies and new studies that the PhD candidate could take on – some examples are below, but the candidate would have the chance to shape the proposal according to their interests. We have funded statistician support for these studies. Please direct enquiries to Steven Tong ([email protected]) or Joshua Davis ([email protected]).

This would suit a medical doctor who is interested in clinical research and who is training in infectious diseases, microbiology, renal medicine or related fields. The PhD position could be based in Melbourne, Newcastle or Darwin. A full-time candidate is preferred. Supervision would be by Steven Tong (see his Google Scholar page), and Josh Davis (see his Google Scholar page).

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The deadline for applications is Friday, 31 January 2020

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