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Research Fellow in Bioinformatics

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$108,509 – $128,404 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
10 Jun 2024

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Academic Discipline
Biological Sciences, Life sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Level B, full-time appointment on a fixed term basis for 3 years
  • Base salary range: $108,509 – $128,404 p.a. plus 17% superannuation, depending on qualifications, skills and experience

Centre for Applied Bioinformatics

School of Biological Sciences

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

The School of Biological Sciences is internationally recognised for its strong teaching programmes in the natural sciences and biology and has an enviable research track record.  The School has broad expertise across marine biology, ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary biology, computational biology, plant and animal physiology, and genomics. The School also leads UWA’s program in Science Communication. Our research programmes involve a diverse array of taxa, from microbes through animals and plants. We are located on a vibrant campus and have ready access to incredible natural environments, including the Indian Ocean and the extensive Western Australian coastline. Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses consistently rate very highly in student evaluations, which in part reflects our strong emphasis on practical and field-based teaching.

About the opportunity

Reporting to Professor David Edwards, you will contribute to and lead the preparation of research and review papers in the field of applied bioinformatics, undertake applied bioinformatics research and support the continued success of the applied bioinformatics group. Additionally, you will be involved in the supervision of other research team members involved in the projects and contribute to teaching undergraduate and postgraduate level courses or units.

To be considered for this position, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in applied bioinformatics, or a relevant combination of experience and education or training
  • Experience in genome analysis, preferably with plant genomes
  • Extensive experience in writing scientific manuscripts and reports
  • Proficiency in a range of computing skills including Linux and specialist bioinformatics software
  • Knowledge and experience of pangenomics or machine learning applications is desirable

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:

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, 10 June 2024

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor David Edwards at

This position is open to 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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