Bioinformatician (Research Officer), Melbourne

Position title: Bioinformatician (Research Officer)

Employer: Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Closing date: 08/02/19

Brief position description: We are seeking a Full Time Research Officer/Postdoc (on a 2.5 year contract) with strong experience in bioinformatics and a passion for understanding the genetics of rare disease. The role will be focused on the generation, analysis and interpretation of genomic and transcriptomic data from cohorts of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including epilepsy, brain malformations and leukodystrophies. The position will be responsible for developing NGS analysis pipelines, as well as analysis of sequencing data and biological interpretation of results. The successful applicant will join the Translational Bioinformatics group led by Dr Cas Simons, and work as part of the new neurodevelopmental flagship at the MCRI in collaboration with paediatric neurologists A/Prof Richard Leventer and Dr Katherine Howell from the Royal Children’s Hospital and MCRI Neurosciences Research Group, and A/Prof Paul Lockhart from the MCRI Neurogenetic Research Group. In addition to research activities, the successful applicant will have opportunities to interface with clinicians, and patients and gain exposure to clinical tools such as magnetic resonance imaging, by being based within a research group composed of members from all sectors of the Melbourne Children’s Campus.

To be successful in this role you will have:
- PhD in genomics, computational biology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, or a related discipline
- Substantial experience in the analysis and interpretation of next-generation sequence data and an interest in neurodevelopmental disorders
- Demonstrated understanding of Mendelian disorders and a deep understanding of the underlying genetic and biological concepts
- Evidence of advanced programming skills in Python and BASH
- Evidence of well-developed written and verbal communication skills, for example in academic publications and conference presentations
- Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team to develop and complete research tasks, as well as the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research

Salary Range: $90,912 - $97,585 per annum plus super
Closing Date: 5pm Friday 8 February 2019
Position Reference: 15892

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Contact name: Cas Simons

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