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Post-doctoral cancer bioinformatics or computational biology researcher, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer and one of an elite group of hospitals worldwide to have its own integrated cancer research program and laboratories.

An exciting research opportunity is available to join the Bioinformatics and Cancer Genomics lab, based at the Peter Mac. This is a new lab led by Associate Professor Tony Papenfuss at the Peter Mac and is joint with the Papenfuss Lab in the Bioinformatics Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. The lab leads the development of a new research program in cancer bioinformatics and computational biology, which will be integral to translational cancer research in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre from 2016.

The lab is seeking an experienced bioinformatian or computational biologist to undertake research in bioinformatics and melanoma genomics. You will analyse next generation sequencing and other –omics data, and develop new bioinformatics methods to make sense of data obtained from melanomas. A key focus will be tumour evolution, intra-tumoral heterogeneity and the emergence of therapy resistance. You will collaborate closely with other melanoma researchers at the Peter Mac, members of the Papenfuss lab at Peter Mac and WEHI, and the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facilities.

Applicants should have a PhD in a quantitative discipline such as mathematics/statistics, computer science, physics or bioinformatics. A strong interest in biology and a passion for scientific research is essential. Previous experience in bioinformatics research and the capacity to work independently is essential. Applicants should have excellent writing and presentation skills, a commitment to reproducible research practices and be highly collaborative. Previous experience in phylogenetic analysis would be an advantage. The position requires strong programming skills and expertise in python and R. Experience using unix is essential.

The position will be for 2 years in the first instance. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Superannuation and attractive salary packaging options are available.

A position description is available here. General enquiries should be directed to Associate Professor Tony Papenfuss (

Written applications may be submitted here. The closing date is February 19, 2014.