Research Associate Bioinformatics Officer

at University of Western Australia

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

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The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable 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

This position is part of the UWA Centre for Medical Research with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, bases at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Perkins) in Nedlands. The Centre has significant links across the Western Australia health sector and provides teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students across the medical disciplines. A core priority is medical and clinical research and a number of substantial research groups are based in the Centre's laboratories.

About the opportunity

As the Research Associate (Bioinformatics Officer), you will perform analyses of next generation sequencing datasets, interpret the results and write manuscripts. You will design and perform a wide variety of research laboratory tasks and experiments, making detailed observations, analysing data, and interpreting results with the help of supervisors. You will also write reports, summaries, and protocols regarding experiments, as well as draft manuscripts for publication in scientific journals including generating the text and publication quality figures. In addition, you will perform troubleshooting of experiments performed by those under your direct supervision.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD or equivalent in molecular biology, bioinformatics, computer science, biostatistics or a related field with an emphasis in the specific fields of bioinformatics, genomics and systems biology.
  • Published articles using next generation sequencing data.
  • Demonstrated capacity to form hypotheses, test them and follow through to write papers
  • Experience in documenting, testing and reusing code
  • Experience with R

For more information on this opportunity please contact Professor Alistair Forrest, Senior Principal Research Fellow on

Closing date: Sunday, 20 January 2019

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. Applicants should demonstrate they meet the selection criteria by including a Cover Letter addressing the selection criteria specifically and a current CV including full listing of publications and contact information for three (3) professional referees.

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File 502428.pdf

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