Postdoctoral Research Associate / Research Fellow, Single Cell Computational Epigenomics

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$74,236 to $124,301 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
17 Apr 2023
End of advertisement period
29 May 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Position based at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
  • Full-time appointment on a 24-month fixed term basis
  • Base salary range: Level A $74,236 - $99,905 or Level B $105,043 - $124,301 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

This position is based within the Epigenetics and Genomics Laboratory, led by Ryan Lister and located at the Harry Perkins institute of Medical Research and the UWA Centre for Medical Research (CMR), within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. The Lister Lab is comprised of molecular, cellular, and computational biologists, forming a multi-disciplinary team environment undertaking a diverse range of epigenetics and genomics research. We use molecular, cellular, genomic, and computational approaches in multiple systems to investigate cellular mechanisms that control the usage of information encoded in the genome, and their roles in cell function and development. We have a particular interest in characterization and manipulation of the epigenome and cell identity using genomic and synthetic approaches.

About the opportunity

As a Postdoctoral Research Associate / Research Fellow you will lead the computational components of research projects using high-throughput single cell and spatial epigenome profiling to investigate epigenome patterns and dynamics in the context of mammalian development, cell reprogramming, and epigenome editing.

You will also collaborate closely with with experimental biologists in the group and will lead the computational analysis and interpretation of genomic datasets, in addition to contributing to experimental design and project direction.

The Research Fellow position will additionally supervise graduate and undergraduate students, play a role in bids for research funding, and engage with a network of contacts in local, national and international institutions for the purposes of research collaboration.

About you 

To be considered for this opportunity, you will have:

  • PhD in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Molecular Biology, or related discipline.
  • A demonstrable track record in excellence in research evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles published in high quality journals relative to opportunity.   
  • A background in computational biology and experience in single cell genomics.
  • Previous experience in the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data and statistical modeling of high-dimensional data.
  • Expertise in regulatory genomics analyses and genome scale integrative analysis of experimental datasets (e.g. RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, DNA methylation, chromatin accessibility, sequence analysis).
  • An understanding of the experimental techniques underlying such genomics experiments.
  • Ability to establish computational approaches for single cell genomics data analysis specific to the research project, and where appropriate aid colleagues in the use of such approaches.
  • Experience in teaching and supervising new researchers and students in the use and development of computational research approaches relevant to his/her project.

To be considered as a level B Research Fellow, a candidate should meet the above criteria and additionally:

  • A demonstrable emerging track record of successful competitive funding applications.
  • Demonstrate evidence of successful supervision or co-supervision of HDR students, relative to opportunity.
  • Demonstrable experience of participation in education/research leadership in public engagements that promote research and/or education outcome, government and industry.

Occasional travel within the state and interstate may be required.

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Postdoctoral Research Associate Research Fellow 514025.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria

You may also submit an additional statement (1 page max) outlining any personal circumstances which should be considered when assessing your application. Applicants who have experienced periods of academic/professional interruption or other relevant events can include a description of achievements relative to opportunity in this statement.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Monday, 29th May

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Ryan Lister at

This position is open to both domestic and international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution. We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community, and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity.

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.

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