Postdoctoral Fellow – Bioinformatics

    Postdoctoral Fellow - Bioinformatics at UNSW

    Website University of New South Wales

    Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow – Bioinformatics

    Job no: 519608
    Work type: full time
    Location: Sydney, NSW
    Categories: Post Doctoral Research Associate

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    At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

    The School of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Science (BABS) teaches undergraduates, mentors postgraduate research students and conducts research in the disciplines of biotechnology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, environmental microbiology, medical microbiology and immunology.

    The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the development of computational techniques based on machine learning techniques to automate and expedite the identification of highly divergent long non-coding RNAs in diverse species, as well analyse experimental data generated from high-throughput sequencing experiments. They will contribute to the research related activities of their project, identifying opportunities for collaboration and funding and assisting the broader team with other research related duties.

    About the role

    • $106K – $113K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
    • Fixed Term – 12 months
    • Full time (35 hours per week)

    The role of Postdoctoral Fellow reports to Dr Selene Fernandez Valverde and has no direct reports.

    Specific responsibilities for this role include: 

    • Contribute independently or as a team member in collaborative research with a focus to enhance the quality of research outcomes in the discipline area.
    • Conduct to create scholarly output that is recognised by peers.
    • Undertake specific research project/s under the guidance of a research leader and contribute to development of research activities.
    • Support the dissemination of research outcomes through appropriate channels and outlets.
    • Undertake discipline-appropriate research activities, e.g. surveys, literature reviews, data gathering and/or recording of results using appropriate research methods.
    • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required.
    • Assist with the supervision of research students in the research area where required.
    • Assist the research leader in developing proposals for national and international competitive research grant funding.
    • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
    • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

    About the successful applicant
    (Selection Criteria)

    To be successful in this role you will have:

    • A PhD in a Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Statistics or a related discipline.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of molecular biology and the basis of next-generation sequencing techniques.
    • Demonstrated expertise in the analysis of data generated using high throughput (next-generation) sequencing techniques.
    • An interest in learning and implementing machine learning techniques in the context of genomics. Demonstrated experience in this area is highly desirable but not indispensable.
    • Previous knowledge of bioinformatic methods applied to molecular evolution is desirable but not indispensable.
    • Proven commitment to proactively keeping up to date with discipline knowledge and developments.
    • Demonstrated ability to undertake high quality academic research and conduct independent research with limited supervision.
    • Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
    • Evidence of highly developed interpersonal skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.
    • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
    • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

    You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

    Please apply online – applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

    Selene Fernandez Valverde

    Applications close: October 4th, 2023

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    Position Description

    Advertised: 13 Sep 2023 AUS Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: 04 Oct 2023 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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