Australian BioCommons Senior Technical Officer

Sydney, Australia
06 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • A great opportunity to contribute to the BioCommons Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) platform project
  • Located on the Camperdown/ Darlington Campus
  • Full-time, 3 year fixed term with a base salary of $95K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

​About the opportunity

In this role as an Australian BioCommons Senior Technical Officer, you will contribute to the BioCommons Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) platform project, delivering a suite of software and workflow development and deployment activities that enables highly accessible, available, y scalable analysis and data sharing capabilities for the benefit of life science researchers nationally.

You will focus on developing and delivering a Command Line Interface (CLI)-focussed BYOD platform. The CLI-focussed platform will provide a scalable and flexible set of open programmatic resources to create, access and exchange workflows, tools and training across national, institutional, and commercial compute infrastructures.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for an Australian BioCommons Senior Technical Officer who demonstrates:

  • experience in working in a Linux/UNIX using scientific computing languages such as Python, Perl, R, shell scripting and/or other relevant languages
  • experience working with HPC clusters and job schedulers e.g. PBS, SLURM
  • postgraduate qualifications or an equivalent combination of experience and/or training in a relevant field
  • knowledge and experience with analysing Next Generation Sequencing and other ‘omics’ data
  • experience developing and deploying pipelines using software containers and workflow languages
  • familiarity with code performance optimisation considerations and approaches
  • project management skills and can manage competing priorities to required timelines
  • experience in an academic environment
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills.

About us

The Sydney Informatics Hub (SIH) is a University Core Research Facility serving academics and researchers across all faculties through the provision of comprehensive research data services. As a Core Research Facility, Sydney Informatics Hub aims to provide comprehensive data services to the University’s research community. Initially established to provide software engineering and data analytics services to researchers, the Hub now also offers services, training and support for Research Computing (leveraging the University’s High Performance Computing cluster, Artemis, and other emerging digital infrastructure), Statistical Consulting, and Research Data Strategy and consulting.

The Australian BioCommons is a new research infrastructure sponsored by Bioplatforms Australia. The Australian BioCommons aims to enhance the productivity, capability and capacity of Australian research biologists and research bioinformaticians.

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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description 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 1114/0920F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30 pm, Tuesday 27 October 2020

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.

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