Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Mathematics and Statistics

Sydney, Australia
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21 Dec 2021
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30 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Be part of a global collaboration between Hong Kong University and the University of Sydney
  • Two full-time, fixed-term two year appointments on offer
  • Level A academic appointment, offering a base salary of $95,047 - $105,305 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney has formed a global collaboration with Hong Kong University to form to apply data science and artificial-intelligence methods to solve intractable problems in public health. The hub is part of the Laboratory of Data Discovery for Health, a joint project led by the University of Hong Kong in collaboration with the University of Sydney, University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

We are currently seeking to appoint two Postdoctoral Research Associates to work on this project. The successful applicants will also be part of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, which is a large and diverse School with research strengths in many areas ( In addition, we have a strong applied statistics and bioinformatics group working on various aspects of biomedical data science research.

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 Postdoctoral Research Associates who have:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in statistics, data science or relevant discipline
  • research strengths in at least two of the following areas: statistical bioinformatics, computational bioinformatics, applied statistics, computer science, data science and computational biology
  • high-dimension data analysis experience
  • experience with upstream data analysis on recent platforms of omics data such as next generation sequencing or mass spectrometry
  • superior computer programming or software development skills
  • demonstrated ability to conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision and as part of a multidisciplinary research team
  • good communication skills (both written and oral).

Applicants who demonstrate the following desirable criteria will be highly regarded:

  • experience with single cell data or statistical modelling, with preference to experience in analysing high-dimensional regression models and variable selection
  • experience with statistics or biomedical data science consulting
  • ability to assist researchers from other disciplines as well as work with PhD students within the statistics bioinformatics research group
  • good organisational and administrative skills with attention to detail
  • comprehensive experience of common online bioinformatics software and databases such as PRIDE, UniProt, GenBank or BLAST etc.
  • strong general IT skills, including familiarity with Linux/Unix environments and HPC server.

To apply for these roles, please submit a cover letter that addresses the following questions and attach it to your application:

  1. Provide an example of your experience in high-dimension data analysis
  2. Outline your experience with omics data or your software development skills. Include information regarding your experience with various computational languages.

Closing date for applications

11.59 pm, Sunday 30 January 2022

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Visa sponsorship is only available for this position for candidates who are currently located within Australia.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

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EEO statement

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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