Research Associate in Genetic Epidemiology/Statistical Genetics/Bioinformatics, Research Level ARAS

Adelaide, Australia
11 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Based in South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) located at City West Campus
  • Full-time, thirty (30) month fixed term contract
  • Salary range: $85,680 - $91,969 per annum (plus super)

About the Job

As the Research Associate, you will contribute to the research activities relating to a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded project titled ‘Identifying pathways to dementia: a large-scale genetic study’. This is a large-scale systems epidemiology project which uses genetic and bioinformatic approaches, to discover risk factor profiles (‘subtypes’), novel mechanisms, and potential drug targets that can help with early prevention of cognitive diseases. 

You will use genetic and machine learning approaches to obtain genetic support for causal disease pathways, working closely with the project lead and supported by the local study team and international collaborators at the University of Oxford and University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, and University of Tampere in Finland. 

Skills and Experience

To be considered for this role, you will have postgraduate qualifications in a relevant field e.g. quantitative genetics, statistics, bioinformatics, computer programming, mathematics, machine learning, epidemiology, pharmacy along with knowledge and understanding of genetic principles and concepts related to disease risk prediction and prevention.

You will come with experience with statistical analysis of quantitative large-scale data including genetic information, and handling large data sets along with a developing record of research achievement as demonstrated by publications, conference papers and other research activities, commensurate with this opportunity.

A University of Enterprise

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is an innovative, outward-looking institution known for its strong and engaged research and its experientially-based teaching and learning that is conducted in close collaboration with business, industry, government and the professions.

In recent years, we have maintained a strong upward trajectory across a number of key indicators and are ranked among the world’s top 50 young institutions. We are committed to international education activities and alumni, graduates who are equipped to meet the demands and expectations of the worldwide workforce, a culturally diverse staff and increasing student mobility.

Benefits on Offer

At UniSA, we seek to enrich people’s lives through the creation and application of knowledge. Our staff love to be a part of an organisational culture that promotes a strong commitment to educating professionals, sharing knowledge, and engaging with our communities.

We offer a competitive remuneration package and we have a family friendly approach to ensure you enjoy a healthy work/life balance.

Lodging your Application

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Please refer to the online application form which will indicate which selection criteria you need to address. Please address your cover letter for the role to Amruta Das, Recruitment Consultant. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, you can contact the UniSA Recruitment Central Team on +618 8302 1700 or via email to using job reference number #1619.

Applications close: 11:30 pm Tuesday 12 March 2019

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