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Bioinformatics Research Assistant or Research Associate - Systems Biology Initiative, University of New South Wales

Expressions of Interest – Bioinformatics Research Assistant or Research Associate

The Systems Biology Initiative, at the University of New South Wales, is seeking expressions of interest from dynamic bioinformaticians. We are seeking either outstanding honours / masters graduates (as Research Assistants) or doctorate-qualified researchers (as Research Associates) to join a team that focus on systems-level analysis of 'omics data. Projects predominantly involve working with NGS, networks and proteomic information.

Positions are full time, for 12 months, with the possibility of renewal.

Research staff from the Systems Biology Initiative will be at the upcoming ABACBS conference. They'd be very happy to meet you. Please contact Marc Wilkins (details below) if you'd like to discuss the positions with one of the team. If you won't be at the conference, but you're also interested, also feel free to get in touch.

Positions will be advertised shortly via SEEK and Jobs@UNSW.
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Senior Bioinformatician / Computational Biologist - QFAB Bioinformatics

Working at the interface of molecular biology and data science, the position requires the mastering of computational techniques to increase the insights obtainable from high-throughput measurement platforms in biology that include microarrays, next generation sequencing and proteomics profiling.

The types of analysis include but are not limited to:

  • Genome assembly and annotations
  • Transcriptome and pathways analysis
  • Metagenomics analysis

Statistical analysis, data mining and modelling of omics and other experimental data

The position involves gathering research requirements, developing research proposals and delivering efficient solutions. A high degree of autonomy and professionalism is required.


To discuss this role please contact Dr Dominique Gorse on +61 7 3346 2624 or Apply through UQ JOBS to submit an application for this role (job number 499601). Applications Close: 27 November 2016.

About QFAB Bioinformatics

QFAB Bioinformatics is a leading provider of bioinformatics, biostatistics and biodata services for life science and clinical research. Working closely with researchers, we apply data management, integration, analysis and visualisation techniques to maximise the value of large-scale biological and clinical datasets. We are based at the University of Queensland, Brisbane – Australia (

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Research Associate / Research Fellow (Clinical Pharmacology / Toxicology) - University of Sydney

Sydney Medical School Reference no. 1785/1016

  • Work with internationally renowned experts
  • Key role in collaborative NHMRC research program
  • Full-time or part-time flexibility, fixed term for two years, remuneration package: full-time $82K-$139K p.a. which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7600 permanent staff, supporting over 60,000 students.

We are seeking a number of researchers to support an NHMRC funded Translational Australian Clinical Toxicology (TACT) program grant under Professor Nick Buckley in the Discipline of Pharmacology. The program aims to address research gaps in in key human toxicology issues and ensure rapid translation of these results into practice and regulation. The group has established the two largest clinical cohort studies on poisoning in the world and demonstrated success in prospective case-finding through the Poisons Information Centre network. We also have extensive experience in risk assessment and toxicity modelling.

You will carry out research relating to the group’s work, contribute to presentations and research publications and help build research capacity by assisting in sourcing and securing further funding. You will also have the opportunity to develop your own research ideas within TACT’s program of work.

You will be working with internationally renowned experts, within one of only a few research collaborative groups in the world working in this area. The group includes national and international collaborators as well as overseas research sites in Sri Lanka.

To succeed in securing this role you will have:

  • experience in research project coordination in a related area
  • demonstrated knowledge of research governance and regulation
  • knowledge of research design methods, particularly in epidemiological methodology
  • experience in preparation of scientific publications
  • experience in preparing and submitting ethics applications
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • excellent organisation skills.

For appointment at the more senior level you will also have:

  • experience in research project management (desirable)
  • a history of research evidenced by peer reviewed publications
  • demonstrated knowledge of research governance and regulation including ethics
  • experience in writing and submitting grant applications
  • experience in writing scientific publications, particularly peer reviewed journal articles
  • experience with higher degree research student supervision or co-supervision (desirable).

All candidates are expected to have research qualifications (e.g. Hons/MPhil/PhD), or demonstrate equivalent relevant qualifications and experience. A PhD or equivalent is required for appointment at the more senior level.

The appointment would be for an initial term of two years with the possibility of renewal dependent upon funding and need.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 11pm 20 November 2016

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups, including women and people with disabilities are encouraged. As the University of Sydney has established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution, applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are also encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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Data Scientist - Orion Health

We have openings for a Data Scientists to provide data analytics capability that ensures we can create solutions for our Customers that embody precision healthcare: that every individual receives the right care for themselves.

As part of our Research team, you will be at the heart of our precision-driven health partnership with DHBs and universities. Future healthcare will combine all information unique to an individual, and identify prevention and treatment strategies that will be effective for the individual based on genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors.

So as a Data Scientist, you'll be contributing towards designing the future of precision health, mining and analysing increasing volumes of data to produce software tools to optimise the health of each individual. This means our data scientists integrate and analyse medical records, genomic data, device data, social data, and environmental data, discovering what really makes people live healthy lives.

Your key performance areas will be cover the full data science spectrum including obtaining and analysing healthcare-related data sets, communicating with key stakeholders within Orion Health and within our research programme to ensure our solutions achieve the desired outcome for our customers and software and algorithm development including the introduction of machine learning into our products. You'll also ensure our internal systems are composed of leading-edge design and technology.

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Research Officer in Statistical Bioinformatics, WEHI, Melbourne

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) is Australia's oldest medical research institute, and celebrated its centenary in 2015.  For 100 years we have been making discoveries for humanity, improving the health of people in Australia and around the world.

An opportunity exists for a talented postdoctoral scientist (Research Officer) to join WEHI’s Bioinformatics Division, one of the largest bioinformatics research groups in Australia.

The position will be in the research laboratory of Professor Gordon Smyth. The laboratory develops statistical methodology and computational algorithms for analysing genomic data, with a view to understanding gene expression patterns and gene regulatory mechanisms. The laboratory actively collaborates with biological scientists at the institute and elsewhere on problems relating to stem cells, cancer and immunological disorders. The laboratory routinely analyses data from RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, Hi-C, DNA-seq and other technologies.

The appointee will work on collaborative projects as prioritised by the Laboratory Head and will have the opportunity to develop novel statistical bioinformatic methods as appropriate for these projects. The appointee will work particularly on RNA-seq analysis, evolution and cross-species expression data, breast cancer, blood disorders and stem cells in collaborations with the Molecular Medicine and Stem Cells & Cancer Divisions.

This position would suit a PhD graduate in a relevant discipline such as statistics, mathematics, computer science, computational biology or genetics. The appointee will have strong programming and data analysis skills. Prior experience in genomic research is not essential, but the applicant must be highly motivated to work on problems in medical biology.

The position 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.

A position description including key selection criteria is available at SmythLabROPD

Further information about the laboratory is available at:


General enquiries can be directed to Professor Gordon Smyth  -

Written applications should be emailed in PDF format to quoting WEHI/MKGS in the subject line. Applications should include a cover letter, a document addressing each of the key selection criteria, a current resume and contact details of three referees.

Application closing date: Monday 14 November 2016

At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute we strive to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment. We value diversity and gender equity in our work force and promote flexible working arrangements for staff to balance working requirements and personal needs.

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