Research Associate, Bioinformatics

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Sep 2022

Systems Biology and Genomics

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

  • Full-time, fixed-term appointment for 24 months
  • Base salary range: Level A $74,236 – $99,905 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.? With an enviable 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

This position is based within the Systems Biology and Genomics Laboratory, led by Professor Alistair Forrest and is part of the UWA Centre for Medical Research within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, based at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Perkins) in Nedlands. The Forrest lab is comprised of molecular, cellular and computational biologists, forming a multi-disciplinary team environment undertaking a diverse range of genomics and cancer single cell research. We are leading the Western Australian Cancer Single Cell initiative which is using single cell, single nuclei and spatial transcriptomic profiling to characterize hundreds of tumour samples kindly donated by patients around Perth.

About the opportunity

You will perform analyses of single cell, single nuclei and spatial transcriptomic datasets generated by the lab on cancer samples kindly donated by patients across Perth. You will run established pipeline workflows on next generation sequencing datasets, interpret the results and write manuscripts. You may also help establish new workflows incorporating the newest tools for analysis of single cell/nuclei and spatial transcriptomic datasets.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD or equivalent in molecular biology, bioinformatics, computer science, data science, mathematics, biostatistics or a related field with an emphasis in the specific fields of bioinformatics, genomics and systems biology
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse next generation sequencing data, form hypotheses, test them and follow through to publications
  • Proficiency in R and Python (preferred) or other programming languages, with demonstrated experience in writing, reusing, and documenting the code
  • Proficiency with the command line and working on remote Linux servers
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as to work together as part of a team
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills, organisational skills and the ability to meet deadlines

About your application

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.


In line with the Western Australia COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Programme the successful applicant for this position will be required to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination status (or have a Vaccination Exemption Statement) before commencing work at UWA.

Closing date: 11:55 PM on  Friday, 23 September 2022

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This position is open to international applicants.

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Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered
  • UWA has been awarded Bronze Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2021)
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