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Research Fellow in Microbial Informatics - University of Sydney

  • Position based at the Sydney Medical School - Westmead and the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology-Public Health
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in microbial informatics
  • Full time fixed term for two years; further offers possible dependent on funding and need

Sydney Medical School – Westmead Reference no. 1308/0617

About the opportunity

The position will be based at the Sydney Medical School-Westmead and the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology-Public Health (CIDM-PH). CIDM-PH is an interdisciplinary translational research group within the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Departments of the Westmead Clinical School, Western Sydney Local Health District, Australia and Pathology West – Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research.

With this position we are seeking an enthusiastic, early career researcher to participate in the program of research funded by the NHMRC and NSW Health Translational Research grants. This Research Fellow will develop informatics tools for rapid detection and analysis of foodborne outbreaks and new methods of tracking disease transmission pathways. He/she will also be expected to participate in synthesis of genomic, epidemiological and clinical evidence, in collaboration with other investigators and in support of the next generation sequencing experiments of bacterial pathogens with epidemic potential. The position is based at the Public Health Pathogen Genomics Unit, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Westmead Clinical School and the Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research – Pathology West. The Research Fellow will also join the Westmead Node of the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI).

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. We see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a dedicated researcher who has:

  • A PhD in biomedical science or mathematics commensurate with appointment at Research Fellow level
  • Research experience in informatics of infectious diseases or biostatistics
  • Experience in the analysis of next –generation sequencing data
  • Track record of research publications in informatics or mathematics
  • High level oral and written communication skills
  • Evidence of an ability to work both independently and co-operatively with others, and to provide leadership
  • Track record in collaborative research programs (desirable).

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

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

Closing date: 11.30pm 4 August 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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