Post-Doctoral Bioinformatics Research Scientist

Melbourne, Australia
Level A – $75,289 - $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super
27 May 2022
End of advertisement period
24 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 2 Years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Clinical Pathology
Salary: Level A – $75,289 - $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Department of Clinical Pathology

The Department of Clinical Pathology focuses on graduate learning and teaching, research and engagement in the clinical discipline of pathology. The Department is located at the Parkville campus with offices in the state of the art Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) building. The Department is in a period of expansion and currently has approximately 40 research staff and an annual operating budget of $2 million.

About the Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic and talented academic bioinformatics post-doctoral researcher to undertake a project exploring whole-genome sequencing of cell-free DNA in cancer patient blood samples. The project will be highly translational with the goal of ultimately developing a rapid and accessible diagnostic tool that will assist clinicians to make a tissue or origin diagnosis in patients with cancers of unknown primary.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Contribute to collection, analysis and interpretation of genomics data derived from next-generation sequencing technologies
  • Assist with data management and compute resources in the RADIO lab
  • Use demonstrated scientific creativity, collaboration with others, and independent thought to expand technical capabilities and identify new research opportunities
  • Lead and contribute to publications arising from scholarship and research, such as publication of books and in peer reviewed journals.

You will undertake a project leveraging the resources of the SUPER-NEXT study that is focused on developing a diagnostic method from cell-free DNA in patient blood samples. The method will use whole-genome sequencing for mutation signature detection and ctDNA fragment analysis.

About You

You will be an ethical scholar who values diversity and has the ability to work both individually and collaboratively. Your strong publication record in high-impact peer-reviewed journals will help you to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders both internally and externally. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a desire to build an academic career trajectory.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent professional qualification in bioinformatics, genome sciences computational biology, or related area, or equivalent experience
  • Proficient understanding of DNA and RNA biology
  • Experience working with data derived from next-generation sequencing technologies, particularly whole-genome sequencing
  • Experience in R and basic knowledge in one or more scripting languages such as Perl, and Python.
  • Experience working with high-performance computing and/or cloud computing infrastructure in Linux-based computing environments.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages with disabilities and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidance and directions issued from the Victoria Health Minister. The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. All applicants therefore must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Position Description: PD_Post-Doc-Bioinformatics Research Scientist_FINAL .pdf

Applications close: 24th June 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time