Computational Biologist – Breast Cancer Atlas Program

    Computational Biologist – Breast Cancer Atlas Program at The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

    Website The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

    Job: Computational Biologist – Breast Cancer Atlas Program

    Location: Sydney

    Type: Full time

    Date Posted: March 16, 2023

    Job ID: PRF6747

    The Swarbrick lab are global leaders in the application of cellular genomics to human cancer, to find new diagnostics and treatments for society’s most challenging cancers. We are a diverse multidisciplinary team of scientists and clinicians with a vision to change cancer medicine. More information can be found at


    We are seeking two postdoctoral fellows. You will be accountable for conducting research independently and collaboratively within the Swarbrick laboratory, with strategic guidance and mentoring from Professor Swarbrick.

    You will work on the Breast Cancer Atlas Program, an international collaboration generating a cutting-edge atlas of localised and metastatic breast cancer. Two positions are available:

    Integration of multi-omic data from 300 patients, including single cell- and spatial transcriptomics, proteomics and genomics.  Analyse single cell- and spatial transcriptomics to define the interactions between stromal and immune cells in the microenvironment of primary and metastatic cancers.

    These roles will suit a postdoctoral fellow with training and experience in advanced computational techniques and with an interest in cancer biology, spatial biology or cellular genomics.

    Applicants ranging from new PhD graduates to experienced fellows are encouraged to apply. The fellow will become a member of Garvan’s large community of computational biologists.

    Salary: $103,000 + 14% super + salary packaging (dependent on experience)

    Employment Type: 3 year term contract


    • Generous salary packaging to save you income tax on your wages thereby boosting your monthly take home pay (max. $15,900 general expenses + $2,650 meals/accom)
    • Ample opportunities for on-going training and development
    • Stimulating, diverse and highly international research environment
    • Flexible work arrangements e.g. location, start / finish times etc
    • 18 weeks paid parental leave for both parents including paid superannuation
    • A range of additional leave types to meet your personal needs including cultural leave, conference leave, community service and study leave
    • Discounted Health Insurance
    • Lifestyle discounts with our community partners


    The key responsibilities include:


    Performs under guidance

    An RO1 would conduct original research under limited supervision, and be required to make contributions in more than one of the following areas:

    • Completion of research projects in an efficient and timely manner, with outcomes published under joint authorship in peer-reviewed journals
    • Contribution to team and Garvan research projects
    • Presentation of original research at national/ international scientific conferences, and as invited to seminars locally and/or nationally
    • Provision of supervisory assistance in preparation of research grant proposals, including contribution of data
    • Contribution to improvements in techniques, quantitative methods and quality control


    Performs under less guidance

    An RO2 would normally have worked for at least one year as an RO1 (or equivalent), and meet many of the above criteria for RO1 at an increased level of performance.

    In addition, an RO2 would make contributions to some of the following areas:

    • Demonstrated participation in administrative duties of the research group, e.g. oversight of day-to-day lab activities
    • Played an increasing role in the development of research projects and collaborations
    • Participated in professional activities as a member of scientific societies
    • Participated in communication of science to the public, via public seminars and media interviews


    Performs with limited guidance

    An RO3 would normally have worked for at least one year at RO2 (or equivalent), and meet most of the above criteria for RO2 at an increased level of performance.

    In addition, an RO3 would make contributions to some of the following areas:

    • Played a significant role in the development of research projects and collaborations
    • Demonstrated prudential management of grant funds received
    • Acted as an Associate Investigator on project and grant applications
    • Been involved in the recruitment of research assistants and students


    The Senior Research Officer will be making significant contributions in the following areas:

    Research Excellence

    • Successful leadership of research projects resulting in first- or co-last authorship of published articles
    • Contribution to productive research outcomes in team and collaborative projects
    • National or international recognition by invited seminar presentations and oral/poster presentations at national and international meetings
    • Role as a named Investigator on research proposal submissions to external funding bodies

    Team effort

    • Supervision and mentoring of research students and junior research staff
    • Collaboration with other research staff to develop research projects

    Institute Contributions

    • Contribution to Garvan’s organisation and management through membership of committees, training and mentoring programs
    • Promotion of research links with external partners


    The key skills and experience of a Research Officer include:

    • PhD or MD in bioinformatics, computational biology or related area.
    • An interest, and ideally training/experience, in cancer biology, immunology, cell biology or related disciplines.
    • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
    • Have a strong commitment to continuous delivery of high-quality work
    • Have excellent communication skills for written reports and oral presentations
    • Demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively with researchers across laboratories
    • Be well organised and a good time manager with sound administrative abilities


    To apply for this position, please submit your application with a CV and cover letter as one document, stating why you are interested in this role. We are open to sponsorship for the right candidate.


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