Research Specialist - Bioinformatics (Metabolomics)

University of Melbourne
February 12, 2024
Offerd Salary:$80,258 - $108,906
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Contract Type:Fixed-Term for 2 yea
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Research Specialist - Bioinformatics (Metabolomics)

Job no: 0054393 Location: Parkville Role type: Full time; Fixed-Term for 2 years Department: Bio21 Institute, Faculty of Science Salary: Level A - $80,258 - $108,906 p.a. (PhD entry level $101,460 p.a.) + 17% Super

  • Contribute to cutting edge metabolomics research and interact with the researchers that access the MA facility at UoM!
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!
  • About the Role The Metabolomics Australia facility (MA) at the University of Melbourne (UoM) is looking for a highly motivated bioinformatician/ biostatistician with an interest in mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to join the team. The appointee will work across the Metabolomics Australia team and interact closely with researchers who access the facility.

    They will be responsible for developing, adapting, and maintaining streamlined bioinformatics tools/workflows (existing and new) as well as the application of these automated bioinformatics workflows to client projects to facilitate high quality delivery of metabolomics services. They will report directly to the Metabolomics Australia Facility Manager, and work closely with the Bioinformatics Team Lead and other staff in the Metabolomics Australia facility.

    The successful incumbents will be involved in ensuring the efficient use of resources, identifying future capability requirements, and will be proactive in expanding the capability of the facility.

    Responsibilities include:

  • Contribute towards the research effort of the team and to develop your research expertise with an increasing degree of autonomy
  • Provide expertise and metabolomics services to UoM and external users of the UoM MA facility
  • Contribute to the deployment and/or development of bioinformatic tools for metabolomics workflows and analysis
  • Contribute to the development of bioinformatic, statistical and data processing tools that underpin metabolomics analyses as identified through engagement with MA-UoM analytical teams and staff and to provide feedback to MA management around improving functionalities and features
  • Develop training materials for optimized bioinformatics workflows and deliver appropriate and timely training to MA staff, clients (internal and external) and students, as directed by Facility Manager
  • Contribute to data management and storage at MA through engagement with key stakeholders
  • Contribute to maintenance and development of cloud computing solutions
  • About You To be successful in this role, you possess a degree or demonstrate experience in bioinformatics, biostatistics or a related discipline. You will have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of bioinformatics methods and workflows, data analyses, data management and analysis platforms across specialist areas. Additionally, you will have strong skills in scripting and tool wrapping in R and/or Python.

    You will have demonstrated ability to undertake independent research and to complete and deliver internationally competitive research, as evidenced by publications in high impact, peer-reviewed scientific journals.

    Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work with researchers of diverse backgrounds is essential, as well as the ability to actively contribute to the team, work harmoniously in a team environment and demonstrated flexibility to adapting to team priorities. You will have demonstrated ability to provide guidance, training and direction to research staff and students.

    Specific expertise in advanced metabolomics bioinformatics and/or biostatistics techniques, as well as demonstrated leadership skills in Project Management would be highly desirable.

    You will also have:

  • Degree in a relevant discipline, such as, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, data analytics or equivalent industry experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of bioinformatics methods and workflows, data analyses, data management and analysis platforms across specialist areas
  • Demonstrated ability in scripting and tool wrapping in R and/or Python. Experience in other programming languages would be advantageous
  • Ability to deliver a quality service and manage bioinformatics resources
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective client relationships
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

    Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia. Visa sponsorship is unavailable.

    Your New Team – Bio21 Institute/ The Metabolomics Australia facility (MA) The University of Melbourne's Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute) is a multidisciplinary research centre, specialising in biomolecular science and medical, agricultural & environmental biotechnology.

    Accommodating more than 700 research scientists, students, industry participants and administrative staff, the Bio21 Institute is one of the largest biotechnology research centres in Australia.

    The Metabolomics Australia facility (MA) is located in the Bio21 Institute at The University of Melbourne (UoM) and is supported by funding from the Australia National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)/ Bioplatforms Australia and the University. MA provides state-of-the-art metabolomics services to Australian researchers from academia, industry and government and houses a wide range of advanced mass spectrometry instrumentation.

    What We Offer You! In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

    About the University of Melbourne We're tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

    Be Yourself The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at [email protected], with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

    For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https: //

    Join Us! If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the essential Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)
  • ^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to https://

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

    Applications close: 12 FEBRUARY 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

    Position description:Research Specialist - Bioinformatics (Metabolomics) PD.pdf

    Advertised: 15 Jan 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 12 Feb 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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