Research Associate: Bioinformatics

Adelaide, Australia
$80,683 - $86,606 per annum
17 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the role

Under the broad direction of the Head of the Gene Regulation Section (Prof Greg Goodall), the Research Associate: Bioinformatics will contribute to bioinformatics analysis in research projects.  The position will also support and work closely with the Centre for Cancer Biology’s ACRF Cancer Discovery Accelerator facility and the Bioinformatics group.

The ACRF Cancer Discovery Accelerator is associated with the ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility and will provide the latest genome sequencing equipment. The Bioinformatics group, headed by Dr. Andreas Schreiber, coordinates and carries out the computational analysis component of the research program of the CCB, the ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility and the NGS diagnostic service of SA Pathology. The group specializes in genome analysis, supporting the discovery of disease causing mutations, analysis of changes in expression and regulatory networks during the development of cancer and development of sophisticated software aiding the transition from biomedical research to personalized genomics.

Skills and experience

To be successful you will have a high level of experience with Unix operating system; detailed knowledge of shell scripting language such as bash; knowledge of Python or similar languages and experience with high performance computing environments. Post-doctoral level experience in bioinformatic analysis of NGS data, familiarity with methods and statistical analysis used in computational genomics and bioinformatics will be an advantage.

The successful applicant will also possess the ability to work effectively as part of a team together with high level communication and organisational skills.

A University of Enterprise

The University of South Australia provides an exciting and dynamic environment for teaching and research that continually extends the boundaries of knowledge and its application. UniSA is committed to the creation and application of knowledge and is recognized internationally for its high quality applied and fundamental research.

The Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) is an alliance between the University of South Australia and SA Pathology and boasts the largest concentration of fundamental cancer research in the state. Established within SA Pathology as a hub for innovative science leading to breakthrough therapies, the CCB is jointly headed by Professors Angel Lopez and Sharad Kumar and currently hosts 21 full-time research group leaders and their teams. The CCB studies the fundamental causes of cancer in order to find new ways to prevent and treat the disease. The translation of new discoveries into clinical practice is strengthened by the co-localization of the laboratories within a single centre, as well as its proximity to the Royal Adelaide Hospital along with its clinical resources.

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Applications close: 9.00am Monday December 12th 2016.

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Important Information:

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