Position Details
Reference Number 12932
Position Title Postdoctoral Researchers x2 (Bioinformatics & Computational Biology)
Employment Type Fixed Term Full Time
Division Research
Location Melbourne
Award Classification Award : Research Technology (Allied Health Professionals)
Classification From: 1RA6 - RESRCH ASST LV A YR6
Classification To: 1RA10 - RESRCH ASST LV AYR10
Position Summary

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer and one of an elite group of hospitals worldwide to have its own integrated cancer research program and laboratories. 


Postdoctoral Researchers x2 - Bioinformatics and Computational Biology / Cancer Research Division

Applications are invited for two new research positions based in exciting research teams within the Research Division at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre:


1. Johnstone Laboratory (Gene Regulation Laboratory). This project will involve the use of genetically engineered mouse models of cancer and human tumor cells to study aberrant transcriptional initiation, elongation and termination in the context of genetic and epigenetic deregulation in cancer


2. Dawson Laboratory (Molecular Biomarkers and Translational Genomics Laboratory). This project will explore the use of circulating tumour DNA analysis to study genomic evolution and provide insights into treatment response and resistance in cancer.


The positions will involve the analysis of large-scale genomic data through the application of best-practice bioinformatics workflows and the development of innovative methods as required. The positions require highly motivated and skilled bioinformaticians or computational biologists with expertise in the analysis of next generation sequencing data, integration of genome-wide datasets, competency in programming languages R and/or Python/Perl and experience with working on a high performance computing cluster. The individuals will collaborate very closely with cancer cell and molecular biologists to work on joint initiatives but will also be responsible for driving their own specified biological projects.


The positions are in a research environment that includes a large and interactive group of bioinformaticians and computational biologists in the Computational Cancer Biology Program and the Bioinformatics Core Facility.


These positions will be initially offered for a fixed term duration of 12 months with the possible opportunity to extend. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Peter Mac offers its employees the following benefits:

  • Salary packaging
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Central City location
  • Training and Development program
Selection Criteria Essential: A PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or a quantitative discipline (e.g. computer science, mathematics, statistics or physics) with very good biology knowledge
Essential: Ability to work both independently and or as a member of a team
Essential: Excellent organizational and time management skills
Essential: High quality written and oral communication skills
Essential: Flexibility and ability to develop new skills
Essential: Experience in the analysis of Illumina next-generation sequencing data, DNA copy number and RNA sequencing analysis methods
Contact Person Sarah-Jane Dawson
Contact Number 03 8559 7132
Alternate Contact Person Professor Ricky Johnstone
Alternate Contact Number 03 8559 7133
Closing Date 10/03/2017
Position Description
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