Postdoctoral Fellow, ACRF Department of Cancer Biology and Therapeutics

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Canberra, Australia
06 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
21 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A 
Salary package: $74,775 - $93,855 plus 17% Superannuation
Terms: Full time, Fixed Term (12 Months with potential for extension)

Position overview

ANU has an international reputation for research and education relevant to the health and well-being of the population of Australia, as well as that of the developing world. This is achieved through discovery research, applied research in health service settings, research-led teaching in health and medical sciences, and the translation of research findings into practice and policy. The ANU College of Health and Medicine comprises the Research School of Psychology, the ANU Medical School, the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the Research School of Population Health. These schools work together to deliver world-class research and education across the spectrum of medicine and health-related fields, working in partnership with the health sector at local, national and international levels.

The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) is a leading centre of research in Australia and is committed to excellence in research, teaching, and supervision of research/clinical students across all areas of medical research.

Applications are invited for a computational biologist or bioinformatician to join an exciting research program within the Burr laboratory at the John Curtin School of Medical Research. The Burr lab focuses on uncovering the key molecular processes driving immune evasion in cancer using CRISPR genetic screening approaches together with genomic and proteomic technologies, with the aim of developing new treatments to target these pathways. With the generous support of Snow Medical and NHMRC, research in the Burr lab encompasses ambitious fundamental and translational research projects spanning cancer cell biology, epigenetics and immunology.

The position will involve the use and development of innovative computational strategies to analyse and interpret genomic data sets, with a focus on the regulation of gene expression in cancer cells and interactions with immune cells in the tumour microenvironment. Projects will involve the analysis of a range of next generation sequencing data, including RNA-seq, single cell transcriptomics, spatial transcriptomics, ChIP-seq, CUT&RUN, CUT&Tag, ATAC-seq and Hi-C. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary team of scientists and clinicians working in a supportive and collaborative environment. The candidate will have access to cutting-edge technologies, expertise and facilities within the Burr lab, JCSMR, ANU and the Canberra Hospital. The individual will collaborate closely with cell and molecular biologists within the group but also have the opportunity to drive their own projects. Supported by the Snow Fellowship program, the position incorporates a specific commitment to providing career development opportunities, research skills and leadership training.

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with a PhD (or equivalent) and a strong research background in bioinformatics or computational biology. The candidate should have the ability to analyse genomic datasets and develop computational approaches to address biological questions. Demonstrated experience in programming and data analysis are essential, for example advanced skills in R, python and Unix. The candidate will have a strong drive to pursue a career in biomedical research, excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated track record of productivity. Applicants looking for a part-time position will also be considered (please indicate in cover letter).

For further information please contact Associate Professor Marian Burr on E: 

Closing Date: 21 January 2022

Position Description: Download FileNEW Academic Level A_Postdoctoral Fellow (Bioinformatics).docx

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

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