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Postdoctoral position in cardiac cell systems biology

The Cell Structure and Mechanobiology group and the Systems Biology Laboratory at the University of Melbourne are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate to develop biophysically and structurally detailed computational models of calcium signaling in cardiomyocytes. Under the guidance of Prof Edmund Crampin and Dr. Vijay Rajagopal, the individual will work in an interdisciplinary team to develop mechanistic insights into the role of subcellular calcium dynamics in diseases such as cardiac hypertrophy and diabetic cardiomyopathy. 
Required Skills and Experience 
  • PhD in computational biology, mathematics, biomedical engineering or related fields.
  • Highly developed skills in computational modeling and/or systems biology
  • Good knowledge and skills in languages, such as R, Python, C++.
  • Evidence of publications in influential, high-impact journals.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
Familiarity with one or more of the following would be a plus: finite element modelling, stochastic processes in ion-channel gating, cardiomyocyte physiology.


Interested candidates are requested to send their current CV with a cover letter and a short statement of research interests to



The University of Melbourne is situated at the heart of the medical precinct in Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. Come and take part in this vibrant environment of research and innovation. 


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Post-doctoral position in single cell computational genomics

A post-doctoral position is available in the Lister lab at the University of Western Australia for a computational biologist to undertake research in the area of plant single cell genomics. The research will involve the analysis of large-scale transcriptomic and epigenomic datasets to investigate plant cell identity and dynamics, with a particular focus on sequencing-based single cell resolution analyses. Candidates with a background in computational biology/mathematics/statistics and experience in cell biology and advanced high-throughput genomics are encouraged to apply.

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Postdoctoral Researchers in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology x2

Applications are invited for two new research positions based in exciting research teams within the Research Division at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre:

1. Johnstone Laboratory (Gene Regulation Laboratory). This project will involve the use of genetically engineered mouse models of cancer and human tumor cells to study aberrant transcriptional initiation, elongation and termination in the context of genetic and epigenetic deregulation in cancer

2. Dawson Laboratory (Molecular Biomarkers and Translational Genomics Laboratory). This project will explore the use of circulating tumour DNA analysis to study genomic evolution and provide insights into treatment response and resistance in cancer.

The positions will involve the analysis of large-scale genomic data through the application of best-practice bioinformatics workflows and the development of innovative methods as required. The positions require highly motivated and skilled bioinformaticians or computational biologists with expertise in the analysis of next generation sequencing data, integration of genome-wide datasets, competency in programming languages R and/or Python/Perl and experience with working on a high performance computing cluster. The individuals will collaborate very closely with cancer cell and molecular biologists to work on joint initiatives but will also be responsible for driving their own specified biological projects.

The positions are in a research environment that includes a large and interactive group of bioinformaticians and computational biologists in the Computational Cancer Biology Program and the Bioinformatics Core Facility. 

These positions will be initially offered for a fixed term duration of 12 months with the possible opportunity to extend. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Peter Mac offers its employees the following benefits:

  • Salary packaging 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Central City location 
  • Training and Development program

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Multiple PhD positions (Stem cells, Epigenetics, Gene regulation and Computational Biology) - Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University

Dr. Partha Pratim Das is currently seeking applicants for multiple PhD positions in the field of Stem cells, Epigenetics, Gene regulation and Computational Biology in the Laboratory of “Epigenetics and Gene regulation” within Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

BDI Monash University is one of the largest and most successful biomedical research institutes in Australia. The BDI brings together more than 100 teams in a highly interactive environment, with access to truly world-class infrastructures. For details, please look at-

Our laboratory research interest focuses on how transcription factors (TFs) and epigenetic regulators, along with small RNAs and long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) regulate gene expression programs in ESCs, neural stem cells and differentiated cells under normal and pathological conditions, such as, cancers and neurodegenerative diseases. We use various experimental approaches including – Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, CRISPRs, CRISPRs screen (using sgRNAs to target all the genes in the genome, epigenetic regulators and regulatory elements), ChIPs, ChIP-sequencing, RNA-seq, WGS, ATAC-seq, RRBS, ChIA-PET, 3C, 4C, Hi-C, proteomics, bioinformatics and computational biology. For research details, please see:

Requirements for Molecular Biology students: A strong research background in molecular biology, biochemistry, stem cells and epigenetics are essential. Candidates should be highly motivated and be able to work both independently and in collaborative manner. They should have good communication, organizational, and writing skills.

Requirements for Computational Biology students: The candidates should have computer science, mathematics, statistics, system biology and bioinformatics related backgrounds. They should have excellent communication and writing skills, able to work independently and in teams. Experience working with commonly used bioinformatics tools, as well as on different types of NGS data- ChIP seq, RNA-seq, ATAC-seq would be plus. Candidates will be supervised jointly with my laboratory and Dr. Luca Pinello’s laboratory ( at MGH, Harvard Medical School,Boston. They should expect to spend sometime at MHG during their PhD training at Dr. Pinello’s Lab.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter, CV and contact information for 3 references via email to me-Dr. Partha Pratim Das. PhD ( Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree with first-class Honours, Master of Science, or MPhil. Our laboratory will be commencing at BDI, Monash University from 1 March, 2017.

Notes: Australian and New Zealand domestic students can be recruited through BDI’s PhD program. International students encouraged applying for Monash-based scholarships support. PhD students will be fully funded during their study. For international students an English proficiency test is required. Our laboratory is committed to diversity and equality.

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Postdoctoral fellow Bioinformatics and Systems Immunology - UNSW, Kirby Institute

Applications are sought from outstanding researchers for a postdoctoral position bioinformatics in the Viral Immunology Systems Program (VISP) at the Kirby Institute within the University of New South Wales Campus in Sydney, Australia. The researcher who will work in close collaboration with both wet and dry embers of the VISP group to perform bioinformatics and systems Biology analyses in single cell genomics and other data sets. This position will focus on the development and applications of bioinformatics approaches for analyzing and interpreting single cell transcriptomics data, flow cytometry data as well as next generation sequencing data of viral genomes to study immune responses against viral infections, such as HCV, influenza, and other human pathogens. This position will operate at the interface between the Kirby Institute of Infection and Immunity and the School of Medical Sciences, with strong collaborations with the Weizmann Garvan Institute for Cell Genomics.

Required Skills and Experience 

  • PhD in computational biology, mathematics, biostatistics or related fields.
  • Highly developed skills in bioinformatics and/or computational biology.
  • Experience in Genomics and/or transcriptomics analyses.
  • Good knowledge and skills in languages, such as R, Python, C++.
  • Evidence of publications in influential, high-impact journals.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.



Dr Fabio Luciani lead the computational biology and bioinformatics stream at VISP, and works in close collaboration with members of the VISP team, formed by two post-doctoral fellows in wet-lab analyses, two senior research officers, and 8 PhD students. The VISP works on several projects, including several collaborations nationally and internationally. For more information on the research group, see


The position is for 1 year, renewable up to 4 years. The net salary will range from Level A step 6 to Level B, depending on expertise, which correspond to a minimum Academic Level A (AUD $89,051 – $95,248 plus 9.5% superannuation p.a.).


The anticipated starting date is January 2017 (but a later start is possible).
 To apply, send within a single PDF a detailed response to the criteria above, current CV, a short statement of research interests, and the name of at least two researchers who can be contacted for reference to


It’s no secret: Sydney is one of the most beautiful, liveable and friendly cities in the world ( The main UNSW campus is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney only 7km from the centre of the city, 2km from Coogee Beach and 5km from Sydney’s international and domestic airports.

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