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Variant Curator / Research Scientist, The Advanced Genomics Collaboration

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
17 Mar 2024

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Job Details

Job no: 0061632
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term to 31 December 2025
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences
Salary: Level A – $80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Address and interpret genomic variants associated with inherited retinal diseases (IRDs)
  • Contribute to groundbreaking research with a motivated and supportive team
  • 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

The Variant curator/Research Scientist in The Advanced Genomics Consortium (TAGC) Ocular Genotyping Hub will contribute to a project aiming to advance innovative diagnostics and treatments for rare genetic eye diseases. This role supports the interpretation of genomic data generated in a diagnostic context for rare ocular diseases. This involves reviewing genomic findings and curating the biomedical literature to assist in their interpretation. This position is an excellent opportunity to work in the forefront of ocular genomics, working with unique conditions that have historically had no treatments and applying new methods of analysis to identify potential treatments. This opportunity is based in Melbourne and has flexible working arrangements.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Analysing and interpreting genomic data, including the assessment, interpretation, and classification of DNA variants in individuals with rare eye diseases
  • Managing communications and interpretive discussions with ophthalmologists, clinical geneticists, genetic counselors, and other relevant third-party services
  • Overseeing the collection, storage, and management of research data, including genomic data, as well as maintaining study databases and workflows

Who We Are Looking For

You should have experience with variant assessment, curation, classification, and assigning pathogenicity. Additionally, you will possess a good understanding of interpreting germline next-generation sequencing data, including the use of relevant population and clinical variant databases. It's important to be able to critically read, understand, and interpret data from scientific publications, and to have broad experience utilizing established databases. Showcase your experience with coordinating research and/or project management, and demonstrate the ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. Your strong interpersonal skills, both written and verbal, are crucial, along with a demonstrated ability to learn new techniques and procedures. You must maintain a high level of organization and priority management, and excellent attention to detail in all tasks.

You will also have:

  • A strong scientific background in biology, molecular mechanisms, functional studies of genes and proteins, or training in human genetics 
  • Broad experience with utilising established variant curation databases or resources 
  • Experience with coordinating research and/or project management

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

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences educates future optometrists, performs internationally recognised vision science research, and contributes widely to the advancement of optometry as an essential health care discipline.

The Department educates graduate entry and post-graduate students through accredited programs tailored to workforce needs nationally and internationally, enabling them to be competent and effective health professionals who are work ready and eligible for registration.

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

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

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 reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience 

Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Nick Petersen 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.

Position Description

Applications close: 17 Mar 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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