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Bioinformatician (2 positions) - Kids Cancer Alliance - Sydney

• Make an important contribution to the health of children through enabling cancer research

• Work with Australia’s leading paediatric clinical centres and medical research institutes


The Kids Cancer Alliance, ( funded by the Cancer Institute NSW, links three clinical centres treating, and conducting clinical research for, children with cancer in NSW at Randwick (Sydney Children's Hospital), Westmead (Children's Hospital Westmead) and Newcastle (John Hunter Children's Hospital), with the three Medical Research Institutes in NSW performing laboratory research in child cancer at Randwick (Children's Cancer Institute Australia) and Westmead (Children's Medical Research Institute and Kids Research Institute). The KCA is currently building a vibrant bioinformatics team to underpin the translational aims of the KCA and to maximise the knowledge gained from basic, preclinical, and clinical research studies focused on improved childhood cancer outcomes.

Applications are invited for two suitably qualified Bioinformaticians to join the Kids Cancer Alliance Bioinformatics Team. One position will be based at Children’s Medical Research Institute and the other will be based at Children’s Cancer Institute Australia. Both positions are to commence in 2014.

The CMRI position will be responsible for the establishment and ongoing development of core bioinformatics infrastructure to enable bioinformatics and computational biology research throughout the KCA, particularly in the application of genomic and proteomic methods to cancer research. The candidate will also engage in a range of bioinformatics projects and initiatives, working closely with cancer researchers, bioinformaticians, ICT staff, and national and state bioinformatics infrastructure providers.

The CCIA position will require expertise in managing large and complex datasets generated from a diverse range of sources, including research studies involving sequencing, gene/microRNA expression, methylation and immunocytochemistry techniques derived from various sources including banked primary tumours, clinical trials, animal studies and a range of publicly available databases. In addition, expertise is required to mine, analyse and interpret data, in particular for the childhood cancer personalised medicine centre.

The appointments are initially for 1 year and continuing tenure (to at least 3 years) is subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

Applicants should:

• hold at least an Honours degree in bioinformatics or a related discipline and demonstrate relevant previous work experience; a relevant higher degree will be highly regarded; 

• have proven experience in the establishment, development, and maintenance of bioinformatics infrastructure for high throughout sequencing and/or proteomic data, including a high level of familiarity with a broad range of relevant open source software packages, data analysis pipelines, and systems for large scale data management;

• 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;

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 PV1315), 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, December 9, 2013 at 9am.

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

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