Research Officer

Melbourne, Australia
29 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
28 Jul 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: School of Biomedical Sciences
Salary: $73,669 - $99,964 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super

About the role:

An exciting 2-year fixed term opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to join the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit public health laboratory, to support COVID-19 surveillance activities within the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL), the Peter Doherty Institute, in particular phylodynamic methods that bridge evolution and epidemiology to infer transmission parameters within outbreak clusters and in the broader community.

MDU PHL is one of Victoria’s public health laboratories responsible for providing the highest quality microbiological services, including pathogen genomics to identify, investigate and control protect and improve the public’s current and emerging public health threats posed by infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and biological agents of security concern.

About you:

Minimum Qualifications Required

  • PhD degree or equivalent in computational biology or bioinformatics.
  • Skills and Experience required to fulfil the position:
  • Experience working with microbial genome data, particularly phylogenetics and molecular evolution.
  • Familiarity with mathematical methods in evolution and epidemiology, such as birth-death and coalescent models.
  • Experience with Bayesian statistics.
  • Demonstrated experience programming in at least one scripting language (R or Python).
  • Excellent ability in problem solving, time allocation and maintaining accurate records.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a research team and interact in a courteous and effective manner with academic, administrative and support staff.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Position Description


Applications close: 28 Jul 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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