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Clinical Bioinformatician - Australian National University

  • Salary package: $94,094 – $100,864 per annum, plus 17% super
  • Three years fixed term

The ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment (CMBE) brings together medical, biological, population health, psychological and environmental sciences in six schools: The ANU Medical School, The Fenner School of Environment and Society, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Population Health, and the Research School of Psychology. Together the schools integrate high level research with a research-led curriculum that encompasses all of these different areas. Canberra Clinical Genomics will facilitate the introduction of routine personalised medicine practice into the ACT by providing a rapid, locally available comprehensive genomics and genetic pathology service to clinicians. It will work closely with ACT Health and the ANU’s John Curtin School of Medical Research to deliver services in autoimmunity, cancer and genetic paediatric disease. This is an exciting new opportunity for health informaticians and software developers to be at the forefront of bringing precision medicine closer to mainstream healthcare. You can feel good knowing that your hard work will contribute to the overall advancement of the way we treat disease, especially rare conditions that often get overlooked or mistreated.

The newly established Canberra Clinical Genomics is a joint initiative of ACT Health and the ANU's John Curtin School of Medical Research. The goal of the centre is to bring genomics and personalised medicine into routine clinical practice in the ACT. To drive this initiative, we seek a highly capable bioinformatician to establish systems and practices for timely analysis and reporting of clinical genomic data. This position will have a clinical focus and seeks to bring about positive change for patients with cancer, autoimmunity or paediatric genetic disease. This remains a dynamic area and we expect that the appointee will be constantly building their skills whilst performing their tasks – and will gain real experience of the deployment of genomic data within the Australian health system. The position will be based at the John Curtin School of Medical Research and will have the benefit of a network of genomics and bioinformatics researcher colleagues from which to draw on. The appointee will interact directly with colleagues within ACT Health and ACT Pathology. More widely it is expected that the appointee will engage routinely with colleagues in similar projects nationally.

Candidates should have experience of large genomic datasets and production computation performed against these – or can demonstrate the aptitude to quickly become capable with these. We expect candidates may have a research background or experience in a genetic pathology laboratory, though may also come from an engineering or computer science area. The core skillset of candidates should include real bioinformatics and genomics experience, programming experience, strong familiarity with Linux/Unix systems and aptitude for working with complex systems. Importantly, a strong desire for professional development and a pragmatic approach to problem solving will be viewed very favourably.

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