Research Fellow, Bioinformatics

Cairns, Australia
29 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
07 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Provide expert advice and data analysis across a wide range of strategic multidisciplinary research projects in the field of tropical health and medicine.

We offer an exciting opportunity for a Research Fellow, Bioinformatics to join our world-leading institution at James Cook University (JCU). A fixed term appointment, this position is based in Cairns in picturesque Tropical North Queensland, where you can enjoy a tropical lifestyle whilst still achieving your career goals.

About the role

Providing expert advice and data analysis across a wide range of strategic multidisciplinary research projects, you will have the opportunity to focus on a variety of topics including infectious disease genomics, microbiome analysis, biological determinants of chronic disease, and personalised medicine within Northern Queensland hospitals. You will also be expected to conduct internationally recognised research in biomedical sciences using bioinformatics methods.

Key duties:

  • Contribute to research in bioinformatics, in areas of research that are of interest to AITHMwith outputs in publications including in national and international peer-reviewed journals;
  • Develop components of automated analysis infrastructure to support new methodology or research activities;
  • Develop high-performance computing improvements for efficient scheduling of workflows using job-scheduling system.

About you

With a PhD (or equivalent higher research degree) in bioinformatics or related area you will demonstrate a strong research track record including publications as first and senior author in high ranking peer-reviewed journals.  You will also have experience developing bioinformatic software that is robust, scalable, and reproducible;

You will also have:

  • Demonstrable experience of software development with a shared codebase, preferably with a language such as Python, Perl, and/or Java.
  • Evidence of being team-oriented and motivated to work on fast-paced projects with a diverse range of collaborators and minimal supervision;
  • excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders;

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Through its research, teaching and engagement activities, the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University is at the forefront of improving health in rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical communities within Australia and world-wide.

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) is a newly-established health and medical research institute within the Division of Tropical Health & Medicine that is funded by both state and federal governments. AITHM’s focus is on research in tropical health and medicine across a wide range of disciplines, with a particular focus on northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific

The benefits

JCU offers a culturally diverse working environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth as well as diverse career opportunities.  JCU prides itself on being dedicated to teaching, learning and research that is not only of high quality, but also delivers practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.

  • generous superannuation scheme with 17% employer contributions
  • five weeks’ annual recreation leave
  • flexible working arrangements
  • attractive options for salary packaging
  • Well-equipped, modern facilities
  • Enthusiastic, committed and talented staff
  • Balance of work and life so you can enjoy a relaxed lifestyle that supports a diverse range of leisure and sporting interests.

Join us on our journey as we develop research that makes a real difference, for a full position description and instructions on how to apply please visit our dedicated careers page at:

Applications close:  7 January 2018