BioInformatician, Software Engineer

Melbourne, Australia
$97,558.00 p.a. plus 17% super
12 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
11 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 24 months
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Salary: Level A.6 – $ 97,558.00 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About - Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is one of the departments within the School of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

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About the Role

The selected candidate will primarily be responsible for implementing a secure cloud-based system for uploads, management, and analysis of Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV molecular data and selected sample meta-data obtained from public health laboratories (PHLs) in Australia to enable a rapid public health response. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for developing approaches to integrate with traditional epidemiological data. The candidate may also contribute to implementation of visualisation tools on this platform.

This collaborative effort includes researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and community stakeholders from the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory at the Doherty Institute and the Kirby Institute, UNSW.

Responsibilities include:

  • Engaging and consulting with users including bioinformaticians, genomics epidemiologists, and government across jurisdictions to develop the molecular epidemiological data platform for HIV and HCV in the H2Seq project
  • Investigating suitability of existing pathogen molecular epidemiological platforms for adaption to fulfill H2Seq program requirements.
  • Engaging with bioinformaticians and genomic epidemiologists to develop and implement processes for managing HIV and HCV genomics data on this platform
  • Interfacing with members of the AusTrakka development team to implement best-practice in development of a cloud-based data management platform and associated web-based visualisation tools.

About You

You will a strong team player who likes to listen, help others and collaborate with team members. You will possess strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders.

You will also have:

  • A Bachelor or Postgraduate Degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or Software Engineering, (or equivalent)
  • Experience in working with genomics and/or clinical data
  • Experience in managing bioinformatics workflows using pipeline frameworks, particularly NextFlow
  • Demonstrable understanding of database concepts

About the University

The University of Melbourne 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.

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, 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

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. 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

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

Position Description: 0056958_Bioinformatician Software Engineer_PD.pdf

Applications close: 11TH OCTOBER 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time