Associate Lecturer

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Sydney, NEW SOUTH WALES
Deadline: 02 Oct 2023 ; 2 Oct 2023

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Work type:part time
Location:Sydney, NSW
Categories:Associate Lecturer

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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Science (BABS) teaches undergraduates, mentors postgraduate research students and conducts research in the disciplines of biotechnology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, environmental microbiology, medical microbiology and immunology.

The Associate Lecturer will participate in the teaching of Immunology and Medical Microbiology courses, including development of teaching activities and delivering excellent teaching of Immunology and Medical Microbiology courses as required.

The Associate Lecturer will conduct independent bioinformatics and laboratory research in the research fields of microbes involved in chronic inflammatory diseases and cancers. Techniques required, but are not limited to bacterial culture, cell culture, execution of software for bioinformatic and statistical analysis of bacterial genomes, bacterial proteins, microbiota and transcriptomic analysis. The Associate Lecturer will also be involved in supervision of honours and postgraduate research students.

About the role

  • $106K - $113K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 2 years
  • Part time (14 hours per week)

The role of Associate Lecturer reports to Associate Professor Li Zhang and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include: 

  • Demonstrate a well-defined teaching philosophy that inspires student learning.
  • Conduct classes, assess student learning achievements and support students in line with UNSW policy and with the guidance of more senior academics.
  • Design and develop learning activities and resources and provide assessment and feedback using a range of appropriate approaches and learning environments with the support of more senior academics.
  • Support learning progression with students as individuals (through such activities as one-to-one consultation) and as a cohort (through general course related advice) to achieve positive learning and employability outcomes for students.
  • Manage course administration, including academic quality assurance.
  • Maintain professional development in pedagogy, disciplinary knowledge and minimum professional accreditation requirements (where relevant).
  • Conduct bioinformatics, laboratory research in the fields of microbes involved in chronic inflammatory diseases and cancer, independently and as part of a team.
  • Undertake specific research project/s under the guidance of a research leader and contribute to the development of research activities.
  • Maintenance of the lab book to enable transparent and reproductible research.
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners.
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Contribute to the preparation of research proposal submissions to funding bodies and actively seek collaboration with industry partners as appropriate.
  • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required.
  • Assist with the supervision of research students in the research area where required.
  • Any other research and teaching related duties as and when required by the supervisor.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant
(Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD in Microbiology and Immunology.
  • Demonstrated research experience in bacterial sequence analysis and data integration with strong computational skills. Familiarity with bioinformatics tools used for bacterial genomics and microbiota analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in and passion for teaching and learning design, development and/or delivery at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level, in Medical Microbiology and Immunology.
  • Knowledge of educational technologies and online delivery methods.
  • Experience engaging students and fostering independent learning through meaningful assessment and helpful feedback.
  • Demonstrated track record of publications relative to opportunity.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience with research linking bacterial genomes, inflammation and cancer.
  • Demonstrated experience in data management.
  • Proven ability to work in a highly collaborative team, including across disciplines, and build effective relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students in multiple formats. A strong track record of publications relative to opportunity is desirable.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Li Zhang

Applications close: October 2nd , 2023

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Advertised:18 Sep 2023 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:02 Oct 2023 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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