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Bioinformatician - Galaxy Outreach Specialist

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 - $136,136 p.a. p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Job Details

Job no: 0062193
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time
Faculty:Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne Bioinformatics
Salary: Level B –  $114,645 - $136,136 p.a. p.a. plus 17% super

  • Support life science researchers in utilising digital tools and infrastructure.
  • Collaboration on national and international digital research infrastructure projects with a team of expert bioinformaticians
  • 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 role at Melbourne Bioinformatics focuses on supporting life science researchers in utilising Galaxy Australia within the Parkville Precinct. This involves developing and delivering training materials, publicizing Galaxy Australia, collaborating with researchers to develop workflows, and contributing to building the Galaxy Australia toolshed. The incumbent will work closely with Precinct stakeholders, national colleagues, and the broader Galaxy community to ensure effective utilisation of digital infrastructure and to facilitate research advancements in the life sciences.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of significant software development and deployment projects and methodologies in support of Galaxy Australia.
  • Contribute to building the Galaxy Australia Tool Shed.
  • Engage with key stakeholders from associated research teams across universities, research institutes and hospitals.
  • Engage with key stakeholders from associated computational infrastructure providers

Who We Are Looking For

You will excel in this role if you are personable and enjoy engaging with people, particularly in teaching and passing on knowledge. Your outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, along with your ability to build and maintain relationships with various stakeholders, will enable successful collaboration and engagement both internally and externally.

You will also have:

  • PhD in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience.
  • Extensive experience as a practising bioinformatician, including significant experience with method and tool development, and data analyses
  • Extensive experience in training documentation and teaching in a complex informatics environment such as a research institute, clinical setting, or a research support facility, working on major research and/or clinical projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop clear, accurate and useful administrator, developer and user and training documentation and to be able to interact with and provide advice to users.
  • A commitment to develop, produce and implement documentation which adheres to principles of Human Centred Design for Research as implemented by the University of Melbourne’s Research Gateway.

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 – Melbourne Bioinformatics

Melbourne Bioinformatics, nestled within the vibrant hub of Australia's life sciences, empowers researchers with cutting-edge tools and expertise. From software development to bioinformatics training, it accelerates scientific discovery and fosters collaboration. Since its inception, Melbourne Bioinformatics has propelled Victoria to the forefront of life sciences, generating impactful insights that benefit health, agriculture, and engineering, enriching both academia and industry alike.

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
  • 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 Brett Verity 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: 01 May 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard 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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