Research Associate – Bioinformatics/Computational Biology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Crawley, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 14 May 2023

Job no:513037
Work type:full time
Categories:Science, Health and Medical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

UWA School of Agriculture and Environment

  • Researcher with experience and skills in computational biology and advanced programming to work in an exciting research initiative funded by the DNA Zoo Australia
  • Level A, full-time appointment on a fixed term basis for 2 years
  • Base salary range: $74,236 - $99,905 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

DNA Zoo Australia (DZA), research initiative with the University of Western Australia dedicated to generating high-quality genomic resources for Western Australia species and a member of a global comparative genomics consortium, is looking for an experienced computational biologist to advance DNA Zoo’s mission to leverage comparative genomic data to improve ecosystem stability and human health. DZA provides computational and analytic resources to advance scientific discovery through its multi-disciplinary team of wet-lab and computational scientists who work on collaborative projects both within Australia and with the global members of the DNA Zoo community.

About the opportunity

You will lead the processing, analysing, and integrating public and newly generated genomic and epigenomic datasets. This will include developing sustainable integrated data science products, scaling up existing open-source software packages and developing new tools that empower DNA Zoo Australia to explore, analyse and interpret their comparative genomic data. The scale of the data to be analysed will require methodological work, algorithm development and technical development.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate (selection criteria):

  • Postgraduate qualifications (PhD) in computational biology, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computer Science or related fields or a combination of relevant experience and/or education/training
  • Ability to program at a high level and ability to work independently, show initiative, problem solve and work productively as part of a team
  • Proficient in bash, awk, Java, C++ and/or Python
  • Advanced experience in genome assembly of non-model species, next generation sequencing and chromosome-length genome analysis
  • Proficiency in genome assembly workflows using a range of sequencing data including HiC Substantial relevant experience in writing scientific manuscripts and reports
  • Substantial experience analysing genetic and genomic data
  • Familiar with open-source tools for annotation of repeats and protein-coding genes, genome alignment, orthologue identification, selection analysis
  • Working knowledge of git or similar tools for scientific software development
  • Strong quantitative, analytical, and communication skills, and ability to work independently and collaboratively on scientific problems and deliver solutions
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly developed organisational skills with the demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines

About you

The ideal candidate will be proficient in programming and advanced proficiency in bash, awk, Java, C++ and/or Python, have genome assembly experience with non-model species, comparative genomic experience, have strong quantitative, analytical, and communication skills, and will be able to work independently and collaboratively on scientific problems and deliver solutions. There will be opportunities for working in teams and independent decision making at all levels of bioinformatic processing and analysis of the data, as well as examining, evaluating, and recommending analytical approaches to collaborating labs. In addition, methodological developments for novel and challenging data analysis and integration tasks arise frequently requiring originality and creativity, including designing and analysing follow-up experiments and analyses.

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:   PD - Research Associate - Bioinformatics 513037.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Sunday, 14 May 2023 Suitable candidates will be contacted for interview as applications are received. Please apply as soon as possible for consideration.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Parwinder Kaur on

This position is open to international applicants.

Note: Any relocation and visa application will be the applicant’s responsibility.  

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for child 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.

Advertised:14 Apr 2023 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close:14 May 2023 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time

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