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Postdoctoral Position in Genomics - Australian National University - Canberra

The Reef Future Genomics Consortium (ReFuGe) is an initiative of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation that endeavours to leverage biomolecular techniques to improve the management and resilience of coral reef ecosystems. 

The Sea-quence project is an undertaking of the ReFuGe Consortium and is aimed at generating reference genomic and transcriptomic sequences for ten coral species, their associated microbial communities, and three strains of endosymbiotic algae (dinoflagellates). Three “Great Barrier Reef Foundation Fellowships”, including this position, are being created at the Australian National University and the University of Queensland, to collaborate in the analysis and interpretation of these data. This position will take the lead role with respect to genome-scale analysis of the ten coral genomes and is expected to collaborate closely with the two other groups working on the microbial and dinoglagellate sequences.

This is a fixed term appointment for 3 years. Applicants should possess a PhD in molecular biology, microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics or a related discipline, with significant data-management, computational and statistical components. They should have at least three years’ full-time experience (during the PhD or otherwise), or its equivalent, in a relevant area of molecular biology, microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics or a related field. Experience in scientific programming and scripting is essential. A demonstrated high-level ability to write scientific papers in clear, grammatically correct English is also essential.

Role Statement

Under broad direction the Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow will:

1. Coordinate with the sequence provider regarding the data being supplied e.g. biological source, DNA extraction and library preparation methods, sequencing platform and protocols and initial quality control.

2. Establish and carry out computational and bioinformatic procedures including assembly, structural annotation (e.g. repetitive elements) and functional annotation (e.g. genes, gene families, small and non-coding RNAs, pathways) for the coral genomic data.

3. Conduct phylogenomic analysis of the coral genomic data, including a search for gene family expansions

4. Conduct tests for adaptive selection and codon bias based on the coral data.

5. Collaborate with senior staff within the Sea-quence project to assist in preparing research proposals and publications.

6. Assist with supervision of research students whist maintaining high academic standards in all education, research and administration endeavours.

7. Actively contribute to all aspects of the operation of the ReFuGe consortium.

8. Comply with all ANU policies and procedures, and in particular those relating to work health and safety and equal opportunity.

9. Undertake other duties as required consistent with the classification level of the position.

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on  ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. For more information about staff equity @ ANU, visit

For further information please contact Dr Sylvain Foret, Phone: 02 6125 0563, Email:

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