Research Officer, Bioinformatics

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 - $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
03 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
04 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Biomedical Sciences
Salary: Level A – $80,258 - $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Lead collaborative multi-omic analysis, applying computational techniques for infectious diseases and immunity breakthroughs.
  • Drive discoveries, collaborating on diverse projects in infection and immunity research at renowned Doherty Institute.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

This is an exceptional opportunity for a skilled Research Fellow to join the prestigious Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and contribute to groundbreaking research under the guidance of Dr. Jan Schroeder within the Computational Sciences Initiative (CSI). The institute's renowned work on infectious diseases and immunity, notably during the COVID-19 pandemic, underscores its dedication to impactful research. As a member of the CSI, the successful candidate will collaborate with diverse research teams, leading bioinformatics projects focused on infectious diseases and immunology. The role's emphasis on multi-omic data analysis, integration, and cutting-edge machine learning techniques offers a unique chance to drive scientific discoveries while contributing to innovative approaches in bioinformatics.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Assist the development of a strong program of collaborative research with other groups in the Doherty Institute in bioinformatics.
  • Use best-practice pipelines for analysis of multi-omic data generated by collaborators.
  • Develop new methods and software packages for analysis of genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic sequence data where appropriate.
  • Develop and apply machine learning approaches to analyse multi-omics datasets.

Who We Are Looking For

You possess the ability to manage multiple collaborator projects, displaying strong organisational skills for accurate data analysis. Your excellent communication, initiative, and teamwork drive timely project completion and impactful interactions within our research community.

You will also have:

  • Completion of a Master in bioinformatics, computer science or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate across teams and disciplines (computer science and biology), work as a member of a research team, and interact in a courteous, collaborative, and effective manner with academic and administrative staff.
  • Experience in running bioinformatics workflows on high-performance computing clusters.
  • Experience in analysis of high-dimensional datasets, ideally those arising from high-throughput molecular assays.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position

Your New Team – Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is at the forefront of groundbreaking research in understanding the immune system and combating infectious diseases. Our dedicated team focuses on unravelling the complexities of pathogens and infectious agents to develop innovative methods for detection, control, and treatment. We strive to manipulate the immune system, enhancing responses against disease-causing organisms and even cancer. As a part of our department, you'll be joining a community of scientific excellence and leadership, making a real impact on global health.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

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The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

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 the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

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Join Us!

f you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

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

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Tara Amini via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 4 October 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description: 0055821 PD-Research_Officer-CSI.pdf

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