EMBL Australian Partner Laboratory Group Leader Bioinformatics

Canberra, Australia
09 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Group Leader in Bioinformatics and Data Analysis.

Expressions of interest are invited from bioinformatics and data analysis researchers who wish to advance their academic career as an EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Group Leader hosted at the Department of Genome Sciences at The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR), The Australian National University (ANU). The successful applicant will have the opportunity to build their research team as well as collaborating with experimentalist colleagues to advance bioinformatics in different biomedical research contexts.

JCSMR is a multidisciplinary biomedical research institution situated within the leafy ANU campus in central Canberra, Australia’s national capital. It supports a vibrant culture of academic enquiry across four departments focussing on the immunology and infectious disease, cancer, neuroscience as well as genome biology. EMBL Australia is a scientific network consisting of partner laboratories that are embedded with premier research institutions around Australia. It further links Australian research with EMBL in Europe and the European Bioinformatics Institute.


  • Excellent, nurturing scientific environment;
  • State-of-the-art laboratories and access to leading-edge core research facilities, including the National Computational Infrastructure Facility;
  • Provision of core research funding and support;
  • Competitive terms and conditions, including relocation, removal and travel benefits. Salary packaging is also available for certain items;
  • A range of professional development programs, support for research, study and overseas work; and
  • ANU offers generous parental leave and flexible working arrangements. It is also an inaugural member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot Program that aims to address gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).


  • Applicants will be expected to have an exceptional international research profile in bioinformatics, an excellent publication output, including recent discoveries published in high-profile scientific journals, and a highly successful record obtaining  competitive funding.
  • If you have the qualifications and high-level experience required to lead a new team of researchers in bioinformatics, we welcome your application.
  • The ANU is highly supportive of, and encourages,  applications from females and minority groups.

EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network: Australia is the first associate member of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). EMBL is an intergovernmental research organisation distributed across six sites in Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and France that fosters excellence by providing a highly collaborative environment that benefits the research of all its scientists, whether at graduate, post-doctoral or group leader level. A key initiative of the associate membership is the EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network, a partnership of Australian research institutions, which - following the EMBL’s operational model - provide long-term funded research-only positions allowing early to mid-career researchers to pursue ambitious research programs. The ANU recently established a new node of the Partner Laboratory Network within The John Curtin School of Medical Research. For more information about EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network, visit www.emblaustralia.org.

The School:

The John Curtin School of Medical Research performs research in Immunology, Genomics, Cancer and Neuroscience. All of these groups produce large amounts of data, providing outstanding collaborative opportunities for experienced bioinformaticians. JCSMR operates its own sequencing facility, and also supports the Canberra Clinical Genomics facility that services local hospitals. The ACRF Department of Cancer Biology and Therapeutics runs a functional genomic screening facility that generates and analyses will be producing large volumes of genomic and biological data related to cancer research. The JCSMR Centre for Personalised Immunology uses large-scale clinical genomics data to identify causes of pathological immune function. The Genome Sciences Department uses various high-throughput sequence techiques combined with model systems  to identify transcription factor, epigenetic and RNA-mediated processes that control gene expression during differentiation and disease. The National Centre for Indigenous Genomics, located within JCSMR, has the goal of generating large amounts of Indigenous genomic sequences to build a reference genome and understand genetic diversity.  All of these large-scale integrated data sets, available at JCSMR, provide fruitful bases for collaboration.

JCSMR employs a large number of bioinformaticians, either in the laboratories of our researchers or centrally, supplying bioinformatics insights to our researchers and students. This service provides assistance to the whole of ANU and beyond. The appointee would be encouraged to take a leadership role in this broad delivery of bioinformatics expertise.

The Position:

The appointee will be expected to run an independent bioinformatics research program and foster a bioinformatics environment that will add value to a large amount of data created at JCSMR, ANU.

The position will be hosted in the Department of Genome Sciences, led by Professor David Tremethick. The appointee would also be expected to build a vibrant, academic bioinformatics laboratory at JCSMR, driving research that connects multiple levels of data across genomics, epigenetics, chromatin structure, coding and non-coding RNA.

The appointee will benefit from the proximity of JCSMR to the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) facility, which houses Australia’s largest public access parallel computer. There is very strong computational expertise in other schools at ANU, expecially the School of Computer Sciences.

The position provides research-intensive employment as an independent laboratory head, the opportunity to foster excellence and deliver leadership in a range of medical research projects, to supervise students, and to undertake professional activities and policy development in an academic discipline within the School, the University, and the research community.

The successful applicant will lead a research group for a period of five years, with the possibility of extension for an additional four years. The successful applicant will participate in the collegial, collaborative culture of the EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network. The candidate will actively support in the development of the network through participation in the various programs aimed to internationalise research conducted in Australia via linking activities with EMBL, especially in developing a relationship with the EMBL-EBI.

Duration: The appointment will be for a period of five years with the possibility of extension for an additional four years.

Level: Appointment will be made at the relevant level, subject to the skills and experience of the successful candidate. The salary will be at ANU Academic Level C or D ($135,403 - $172,717 inclusive of 17% superannuation contributions) plus EMBL Australia loading.

Commencement Date: The start date will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Closing Date for Applications: Applications are to be submitted by midnight on 4th March 2018 (AEST - Canberra, Australia). Interviews will be held in Canberra in the week commencing 7th May 2018.

To express your interest, please submit the following documents in English:

A cover letter, CV, and a summary of present and future research interests, via the University’s job vacancies website , Ref No. 521660.

Further information about this role can be obtained from jcsmr.director@anu.edu.au

The Australian National University provides attractive benefits and excellent support to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offers generous remuneration benefits, including four weeks paid vacation per year, assistance with relocation expenses and 17% employer contribution to superannuation. This also includes generous parental leave, the possibility of flexible and part time working arrangements, a parental and aged care support program, dual career hire programs, ANU school holiday programs, and childcare facilities on campus. For more information, please visit http://hr.anu.edu.au/employment-at-anuand http://jcsmr.anu.edu.au/research/departments/acrf-department-cancer-biology-and-therapeutics

 ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. The University actively encourages applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit http://hr.anu.edu.au/staff-equity or contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant via indigenous.employment@anu.edu.au.