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Bioinformatics research technician

An opportunity exists for a bioinformatics Research Technician to join the Papenfuss laboratory in the Bioinformatics division at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI).

The Papenfuss laboratory works on a variety of exciting bioinformatics projects using next generation sequencing and other genomics technologies to study diseases including cancer and malaria. We collaborate closely with clinicians and biologists generating data and these collaborations motivate development of new bioinformatics methods.

The role involves performing bioinformatics analyses under supervision in a range of interesting projects. The position will also involve developing, documenting and maintaining next generation data analysis pipelines and other software tools.

Applicants should have a Bachelors Degree with honours or masters ideally in a quantitative discipline such as mathematics/statistics, computer science, physics, or bioinformatics, a strong interest in biology and a passion for science. Qualifications or experience in bioinformatics would be a major advantage. The positions require strong programming skills and expertise in python and R is highly desirable. Familiarity with version control software is highly desirable. A variety of high performance computing platforms will be used. Familiarity with unix is essential. Applicants should have excellent writing skills and are expected to present research results orally.

The positions will be for 2 years in the first instance. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Up to 17% superannuation and attractive salary packaging options are available.

General Enquiries should be directed to Associate Professor Tony Papenfuss (

All Applications including cover letter, CV and the names of 3 professional referees should be emailed in PDF format quoting WEHI/MKRTP1 to

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