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Post Doctoral Fellow - Bioinformatics, La Trobe University - Melbourne

A bioinformatics post-doctoral research position is immediately available in Dr. Suresh Mathivanan’s laboratory in La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Our group is an integrative biology lab performing both biochemical experiments and bioinformatics. We study the role of extracellular vesicles including exosomes in cancer progression, as reservoirs for cancer biomarkers and for therapeutic purposes.

This postdoctoral researcher will study the role of extracellular vesicles in cancer progression and intercellular communication.  The role will involve collaborative bioinformatics research with multiple Universities/Institutes as part of the ExRNA consortium that is funded by the NIH, USA.  The ExRNA consortium is a multi-institute USD 17 million funded program which has 5 primary aims: to understand the biogenesis of ExRNA (vesicles and non-vesicles), to explore the use of ExRNA in biomarker research, to establish a reference profile of ExRNA in various disease conditions, to explore the role of ExRNA in therapeutic purposes and to manage the generated data through a reference portal. 

The bioinformatics component is critical in managing and analysing the data generated by the entire consortium.  A highly motivated and enthusiastic bioinformatics researcher is required to manage and perform the analysis of ExRNA data along with other consortium participants.


Ph.D. in biology or bioinformatics

Analysis of OMICs datasets (any or all of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics)

Competence in programming (Java, Perl/Python, C)


Web-based applications (PHP, ZOPE) and relational databases (MySQL)

Applications with CV, cover letter, and names of three referees should be forwarded to:

Dr Suresh Mathivanan

La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science

Department of Biochemistry

La Trobe University

Bundoora, Victoria 3086 Australia

Phone:             (+61) 3 9479 2565


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