Job:Postdoctoral Scientist in Statistical Bioinformatics and Software Development, WEHI, Melbourne, Australia
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Research Officer (Statistical Bioinformatics)
Bioinformatics Division, WEHI, Australia

An opportunity is available for a Research Officer (Statistical Bioinformatics) to join the Bioinformatics Division at Australia’s pre-eminent biomedical research institute.

About the position

An exciting opportunity exists for a postdoctoral scientist (Research Officer) to join the research laboratory of Professor Gordon Smyth in the Bioinformatics Division at WEHI.

The laboratory develops advanced computational and statistical bioinformatics strategies to analyze and interpret genomic data sets, with particular emphasis on gene expression and the regulation of gene expression. In collaboration with biomedical scientists, the laboratory works on cancer genomics and immune disorders.

The successful candidate will be involved in maintaining and further developing the limma and edgeR Bioconductor packages including programming infrastructure and documentation. Specific projects may include single cell analysis, proteomics and transcript-level differential expression. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct bioinformatics analyses, to develop bioinformatics methodology as appropriate.

This position is in addition to the previously advertised position with the same closing date: Postdoctoral Scientist in Statistical Bioinformatics, WEHI, Melbourne, Australia

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will have a doctoral qualification or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as statistics, mathematics, computational biology or computer science. The candidate should have the ability to apply mathematical, statistical and computation principles to genomic problems. Good knowledge of R and package development would be advantage. Experience with data analysis, programing and large datasets would be an advantage as would experience in Unix and software development. Prior experience in bioinformatics and medical research would be an advantage but is not required. More general selection criteria are listed in the position description.

Terms of appointment

This position is available for 2 years in a full time capacity. Salary is A6 - A8 (AUD91,404 - AUD98,111). Up to 17% superannuation and very attractive salary packaging options are available.

General enquiries can be directed to Prof. Gordon Smyth –

A position description is available here

How to apply

Please email your application including a full CV and a cover letter addressing the above selection criteria in pdf format to, quoting reference WEHI/TYGS180821 in the subject line.

Application closing date: 22 September 2021

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