Research Officer in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology

Job No: SAHMRI80
Location: Adelaide, SA

Join the Infection and Immunity Theme 


  • World-class health and medical research facility in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Market competitive remuneration including access to excellent salary packaging and other benefits
  • Full time, fixed term for a period of up to 12 months with potential to be renewed

The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is a state-of-the-art facility medical research facility with excellent core facilities and services, including a high-performance computing cluster that is administered by the Lynn group. SAHMRI is located in the new biomedical precinct in the Adelaide central business district, close to all the amenities of the city. Adelaide boasts a Mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches and is within an hour’s drive of world-class wine regions including the Barossa Valley. 

EMBL Australia

EMBL - the European Molecular Biology Laboratory - is Europe's flagship for the life sciences. The Australian government joined EMBL as an Associate Member in 2008. EMBL Australia was subsequently created to maximise the benefits of Australia’s associate membership of EMBL and does so via research projects, infrastructure and training programs across Australia. The Lynn Group is one of 20 research teams that are being established at institutes around Australia under the EMBL model.

The Role

The Lynn EMBL Australia Group is seeking a bioinformatics/computational biology researcher with demonstrated experience in the analysis of next generation sequencing (NGS) data including in at least some of the following areas: RNAseq, ChIPseq, microRNAseq, genome sequencing, 16S rRNA microbiome profiling, or metagenomics. Prior experience with machine learning methods and experience in biomarker discovery and validation would be an asset. The successful candidate will work as part of a team that includes both computational biologists and wet-lab scientists investigating the immune system and cancer from a systems biology perspective. Active collaboration and the ability to manage multiple difference projects simultaneously is essential. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Implement and develop efficient pipelines for the analysis of a wide range of NGS based data and where necessary develop new custom bioinformatics methods and/or pipelines for projects in the group/theme.
  • Implement machine learning based approaches to identify novel biomarkers of disease based on NGS data.
  • Provide collaborative support to others in the group/theme with bioinformatics components of their projects.
  • Lead or assist with drafting publications relating to the projects.
  • Assist in the smooth running of projects and the wider group (e.g. help to prepare project reports).

About you

  • Honours BSc or preferably higher degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Physics, Statistics or other relevant discipline.
  • Prior experience working in genomics/NGS bioinformatics
  • Advanced programming skills in several of the following: Python, R, C++, Perl, SQL, Java.
  • Demonstrated experience with the analysis of next generation sequencing data particularly RNAseq, microRNAseq and ChIPseq.
  • Demonstrated experience in the downstream integrative analysis of this data (e.g. pathway, network analyses).
  • Active collaboration and the ability to manage multiple different projects simultaneously is essential.
  • Prior experience working in a high performance computing environment.
  • Knowledge of biological systems, with experience in immunology/microbiology being particularly desirable. 

This is a tremendous opportunity to join a strategic and innovative team within a growing and modern Institute.

To review the position description please click HERE

For more information, please contact Associate Prof. David Lynn, EMBL Australia Group Leader via email

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence. We’re proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community.  Excellence, imagination, integrity, courage and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals. If this is you, apply today.

To Apply

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Applications Close: Friday, 8 January 2016 at 6:00pm


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