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Research Officer/Senior Research Assistant – Bioinformatics – Children's Medical Research Institute

  • Make an important contribution to the health of children through medical research
  • Work with one of Australia’s most respected national and independent medical research institutes
  • Gain valuable experience in the not‐for‐profit sector

Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is Australia’s first dedicated paediatric research facility and one of the nation’s most highly regarded independent medical research centres. Our research focuses on the areas of embryonic development and birth defects, cancer, neuroscience, and gene therapy and we have a strong international reputation based on our research outcomes. CMRI’s research programs are supported by state of the art facilities and a committed research and support staff. Our achievements are made possible by a loyal network of community supporters, highly engaged donors, a very successful Jeans for Genes® fundraising campaign, and competitive research grants from national funding agencies and benevolent foundations.

Applications are invited for either a suitably qualified Research Officer (RO) or a Senior Research Assistant (SRA) in Bioinformatics for a joint appointment to the Embryology and Bioinformatics Units. The level of appointment will be determined by qualification, PhD for an RO or an Honours degree and work experience for SRA. The position is to commence in 2013.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with research staff from the Embryology Unit in the bioinformatics analysis of high throughput sequencing data. The candidate will also contribute to the development of bioinformatic capability and services at CMRI and the Westmead Research Hub, and will engage in a range of other bioinformatics projects and initiatives. Appointment is initially for 2 years, and continuing tenure is subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

Applicants should:

  • hold a PhD or equivalent (for RO appointment), or an Honours degree and relevant work experience (for SRA appointment), in computational biology, bioinformatics, or a relatedbiomedical discipline;
  • have proven experience in the analysis of high throughput sequencing data, preferably RNA-seq analysis, including a high level of familiarity with a broad range of relevant open source, software packages and data analysis pipelines;
  • be proficient in Perl, Python, or a related scripting language;
  • be proficient in the design, setup, and querying of databases for research data;
  • have high-level interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills;
  • demonstrate problem-solving skills and independent thinking;
  • have strong, general bioinformatics skills and a solid basic understanding of molecular biology, cell biology, and related disciplines;
  • demonstrate a willingness and ability to educate, train, and up-skill colleagues in basic bioinformatics skills.

A competitive remuneration package will be offered in accordance with qualifications and experience. Additional benefits include the provision of a Public Benevolent Institution salary packaging scheme and participation in an employer-contributed superannuation fund.

Applications should include a cover letter (citing Reference number PV1218), curriculum vitae, and contact details (phone/email) of three professional referees and be forwarded to .

Candidates must indicate if they are Australian citizens, permanent residents, or should provide evidence of work permits. Closing date for applications is Monday 14 January 2013 at 9am

Please direct enquiries regarding the position to the Head of the Bioinformatics Unit, Associate Professor Jonathan Arthur (