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Bioinformatics Research Officer, SAHMRI, Adelaide

Purpose of the Position

The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide, Australia is now seeking applications for a bioinformatics/computational biology researcher to work on collaborative projects between the SAHMRI Infection and Immunity Theme and the Cancer Theme. Prior experience in at least some of the following areas is essential: analysis of next generation sequencing (NGS) data; network and pathway biology; cancer systems biology; machine learning methods and experience in biomarker discovery and validation. The successful candidate will work as part of a team that includes both computational biologists and wet-lab scientists investigating the immune system and cancer from a systems biology perspective. Active collaboration and the ability to manage multiple difference projects simultaneously is essential. An initial 2 year full-time contract is available, potentially renewable.

SAHMRI: is a new $250 million state-of-the-art medical research facility with excellent core facilities and services, including a high-performance computing cluster. SAHMRI is located in the new $3 billion biomedical precinct in the Adelaide central business district, close to all the amenities of the city. Adelaide boasts a Mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches and is within an hour’s drive of world-class wine regions including the Barossa Valley.

Key Responsibilities

  • Implement and develop efficient pipelines for the analysis of a wide range of NGS based data and where necessary develop new custom bioinformatics methods and/or pipelines.
  • Implement machine learning based approaches to identify novel biomarkers of disease based on NGS data.
  • Provide collaborative support to others in the group/theme with bioinformatics components of their projects.
  • Lead or assist with drafting publications relating to the projects.
  • Assist in the smooth running of projects and the wider group (e.g. some light sys admin work).
  • Contribute to development of competitive funding applications.


  • MSc or PhD in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Physics, Statistics or other relevant discipline.

Essential Experience, Knowledge and Skills

  • A strong track record in bioinformatics as evidenced by prior publications in high impact journals in the field.
  • Advanced programming skills in several of the following: Python, R, C++, Perl, SQL, Java.
  • Prior experience working in genomics/NGS bioinformatics
  • Demonstrated experience in the downstream integrative analysis of omics data (e.g. pathway, network analyses).
  • Prior experience working in a high performance computing environment.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and communication skills.
  • Must be highly collaborative, be a strong team player and be able to manage multiple ongoing projects.

To obtain a copy of the position description please visit    

For more information, please contact Associate Prof. David Lynn, EMBL Australia Group Leader via email 

Applications close: 24 August 2016 at 5:00pm 


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Statistical Genomics - University of Melbourne

School of Mathematics and Statistics Faculty of Science The University of Melbourne, Australia

Salary: AUD95,434 – AUD 113,323 p.a. (Level B) or AUD 116,901 – AUD 134,792 p.a. (Level C), plus 17% superannuation. Level of appointment is subject to the appointee's research record, qualifications and experience.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics is seeking to expand its expertise in Statistical Genomics. In particular, the successful applicant will contribute to the School's research related to Statistical Genomics, which is under the broad leadership of Professor David Balding. Employment Type: Full-time (continuing) position

Enquiries only to:

Professor David Balding
Tel: +61 3 8344 3730

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Bioinformatics - CSIRO

  • Be mentored by Australia’s finest scientific researchers at CSIRO
  • Contribute to cutting-edge research with global impact
  • Collaborate with our research partners at the Macquarie Motor Neurone Disease Research Centre

The position: This is a great opportunity for you to undertake innovative research in clinical bioinformatics and statistical genetics with Australia’s premier researchers at CSIRO. As a Postdoctoral Fellow with CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, you will have a unique opportunity to translate your research into practice with impact on both Australian and international e-Health programmes.

The successful candidate for this role will be highly motivated, enthusiastic and ready to make a significant contribution to the genetics and genomics aspects of a recently funded NHMRC team grant. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with researchers from CSIRO’s Transformational Bioinformatics Team as well as with research colleagues at the Macquarie Motor Neurone Disease Research Centre. The research aims to elucidate the genetic component of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease (MND).

Make a hands-on contribution to solving the research challenges in processing raw data from large-cohort whole genome sequencing, DNA methylation and gene expression datasets. Develop methodologies using traditional high-performance compute parallelization strategies and novel BigData approaches (e.g. Spark) to clarify molecular function or support the genomic engineering of animal models. Liaise with other international contributors to Project MinE to coordinate analysis pipelines.

Sydney has a vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere and is one of the world’s most loved cities. With exquisite dining, unique cultural activities, spectacular sightseeing and a number of idyllic beaches within easy reach, Sydney is a green, global and connected city. The North Ryde Site is well located and has a family friendly work environment. Child-care facilities are on site and CSIRO offers the option of salary-sacrificing child-care fees. The role provides excellent career development via our structured postdoctoral program, as well as professional support including ‘Women in Science’ activities and opportunities to collaborate with World-leading MND researchers.

We are looking to fill this role and get you settled in as soon as possible, so be sure to click on the “Position Details” link when you get to the CSIRO Careers page to see specific duties and selection criteria. Apply today!

Location: North Ryde (Sydney) New South Wales
Salary: AU $78K to AU $88K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3 year term
Ref No.: 24162

We recommend that you view the Position Details for this role before preparing your application

At CSIRO we invent the future. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Our solutions make a difference to industry, people and the planet. As Australia’s national science agency we’ve been pushing the edge of what’s possible for almost 90 years. Today we have thousands of talented people working across Australia and internationally. Our people work closely with industry and communities to leave a lasting legacy. Collectively, our innovation and excellence places us in the top ten applied research agencies in the world. We Collaborate to Innovate.

Owing to terms of the fellowship, candidates must not have more than 3 years of relevant Postdoctoral experience.

Applications close Sunday 14 August, 2016 (11:59pm AEST)

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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Systems Genomics - University of Melbourne

School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Melbourne

Salary: AUD95,434 – AUD113,323 p.a. (Level B) or AUD116,901 – AUD134,792 p.a. (Level C), plus 17% superannuation. Level of appointment is subject to qualifications and experience.

The School of BioSciences is seeking to recruit an excellent researcher, with a commitment to teaching and other academic duties, in the area of systems genomics, defined broadly to include a range of computation/statistics-based research on any aspects of the processes leading from genotype to phenotype. The new post is associated with the appointment of Professor D. Balding, who is Professor of Statistical Genetics jointly in the Schools of BioSciences and of Mathematics & Statistics, and Director of the University's Centre for Systems Genomics. The successful applicant will be expected to join the Centre, which has an interdisciplinary focus on the application of maths/stats/computing techniques to genomic profiling data to help understand genotype-to-phenotype processes in humans and other organisms, including microbes and the host-microbe interaction, as well as the roles of other factors in the cellular, tissue and external environments.

The successful applicant will be expected to undertake research and student supervision in cutting-edge methods using large-scale datasets to help understand the functions of genomes, especially at a systems level. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from the development of the Centre, have use of research data generated by collaborators, and have access to the Centre's computing resources and integrative profiling lab. Further wet-lab resources are available if required. The appointee will be expected to develop and deliver genomics and/or computational biology subjects for life sciences students, and possibly (depending on experience and qualifications) also to students in other disciplines.

Close date: 10 Aug 2016

For position information and to apply online go to, click on the relevant option (Current Staff or Prospective Staff), and search under the job title or job number 0039325.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow/ Research Fellow - The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

An experienced bioinformatician or computational biologist is sought to contribute and drive data management, integration and modelling on a range of projects including lipid raft and miRNA biology. This position will work within the Cancer Proteomics Group under the leadership of Associate Professor Michelle Hill, with multi-disciplinary collaborations. Guidance on miRNA biology and systems analysis will be provided by collaborator Dr Alex Cristino.

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