Research Associate (Bioinformatics)

University of Melbourne


June 8, 2022


Research Associate (Bioinformatics)

Job no: 0055902 Location: Hospital Based Role type: Full time; 1 year fixed-term Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Department/School: Department of Medicine, Austin Health Salary: RA Grade 1, Level A – $75,289 – $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia's #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences has an enviable research record and is the University of Melbourne's largest faculty in terms of management of financial resources, employment of academic and professional staff, teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate (including research higher degree) students and the conduct of basic and applied research. The Faculty's 2013 gross revenue was in excess of $550M. Approximately 40% of this income relates to research activities.

About the Role

We are seeking a highly motivated discovery scientist with a Masters or PhD in bioinformatics, molecular biology, mathematics or statistics, experience in bioinformatics, and preferably skills in molecular genetic analyses including next generation sequencing and rare variant calling. The full-time position will be based equally across (i) Translational Neurogenetics Laboratory in the Epilepsy Research Centre, Melbourne Brain Centre (Austin Campus), University of Melbourne, and (ii) the Population Health and Immunity Division Laboratory at WEHI.

The successful candidate will complete a multidisciplinary project examining genetic contributions to rare genetic disorders using the latest genetics techniques and analysis approaches uniquely designed to leverage expertise across top genetics, bioinformatics and medical research departments or institutes.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Conduct gene discovery research into epilepsy, vascular and brain malformations
  • Analysis of data using next-generation sequencing analysis tools
  • Development and maintenance of data analysis pipelines
  • Data analysis of results using computer based statistical and graphics programs
  • Understanding and interpretation of techniques and results
  • Production of publications arising from scholarship and research
  • About You

    You will have a record of achievement in research, evidenced by coursework or publications arising from PhD, Masters, Honours or other research positions. You will have well-developed interpersonal skills including demonstrated capacity to work as both a team member and independently, and excellence in written and oral communication and excellent organisational skills and the ability to undertake a range of tasks concurrently. You will have excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to present oral summaries of research to various audiences. You need to be comfortable with, and have the ability to work on data from human subjects.

    Ideally, you will further have:

  • Masters or PhD in bioinformatics, computational or molecular biology, mathematics, statistics, computer science or a similar quantitative field
  • BSc or equivalent in biological sciences, biomedical sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer science or a similar quantitative field
  • Expertise in computer programming with R, Python, Perl, or similar, and post analysis interpretation skills, including generation of reports such as in R Markdown including experience or willingness to work on high performance supercomputing platforms
  • Training in analysis of next-generation sequencing and genetic data
  • Benefits of Working with Us

    In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families
  • To find out more, please visit https: // benefits.

    Be Yourself

    At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities or culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

    Join Us!

    If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

    ^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to https://

    Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

    Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements: https: //

    Advertised: 11 May 2022 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Applications close: 08 Jun 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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