Research Officer - Bioinformatics - The Australian National University

Job no: 528296
Work type: Continuing (Contingent Funded)
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Professional
Classification: ANU Officer 5/6 (Research)
Salary package: $70,078 - $82,651 per annum plus 17% superannuation 
Term: Continuing, Contingent Funded 

The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.  Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and delivers a research-led education program that encompasses the entire breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities.  The College has a strong tradition of research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.

We seek applicants for a Research Officer position in genomic bioinformatics to support projects on evolutionary genetics of Australian vertebrates. These ARC-supported projects include landscape genetics in small mammals using SNP data, genome evolution in rock wallabies, and molecular evolution and diversity in tropical reptiles. The appointee will work under the direction of Craig Moritz, and engage with others in his research group and other labs in RSB to:

  • Understand bioinformatics requirements for downstream analyses in evolutionary genomics;

  • Develop, document and provide training in the use of bioinformatics pipelines; and

  • Prepare and assess quality of datasets from SNP (ddRAD) screening, target sequence capture, or whole genome resequencing.

The successful applicant will have:

  • A higher degree, or equivalent experience, relevant to these tasks;

  • Substantial expertise in handling genome (re)sequencing data and/or genome assembly, including scripting pipelines in Python or PERL; and

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask and complete projects in a timely fashion

  • Good team work and communication skills.

  • Understanding of principles of molecular evolution or population genetics would be an advantage.

This position is continuing, contingent on external funding (CCF), the initial funding period is one (1) years with the possibility of extension pending funding availability.

For more information, please contact Professor Craig Moritz on

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Application Information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country. 

Applications close: 10 Mar 2019 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time