Postdoctoral Microbial Bioinformatician (Research Officer)

    Postdoctoral Microbial Bioinformatician (Research Officer)

    Website Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

    Profile: Postdoctoral Microbial Bioinformatician (Research Officer)
    Company: Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
    Posted on: 07-04-22
    Closing on: 07-06-22
    Type: Full-time, 2-year contract with potential for renewal


    The opportunity:

    The Research Officer (RO) is a postdoctoral bioinformatician with expertise in microbial genomics or microbiome science, and who will be based at the Baker Institute in the Systems Genomics lab and supervised by Dr Guillaume Méric.

    The laboratory has recently been awarded a NHMRC grant to characterise antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and pathogenic carriage in large human cohort datasets in collaboration with European research partners, and the RO is expected to be one of the focal points for this project.

    Key duties:

    In this role you will be expected to:

    • Lead and contribute to the main project with experimental design, data processing, analysis, visualisation and interpretation.
    • Performing high quality research in microbial genomics, bioinformatics and/or computational biology.
    • Developing or modifying new analytical methodologies that would allow researchers in the field to use cutting-edge tools for their research.
    • Contributing to preparing manuscripts for publication, technical reports and other research-related documents.
    • Participating in the planning and development of general goals for the research project.
    • Supervising and mentoring junior technical staff, undergraduate and placement students.

    Skills and Experience:

    You will have:


    • A PhD in a quantitative discipline involving a microbial component (such as bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, statistics or epidemiology).
    • Experience in a science discipline (such as biochemistry, molecular biology or genetics/genomics) with substantial quantitative component.
    • Research experience in at least one of the areas above.
    • Demonstrated ability to use Unix-based systems, computing clusters, modern scripting/programming languages including R.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Well-developed time management skills with the ability to prioritise the demands.


    • Experience in working with large-scale datasets.
    • Design and analysis of studies involving microbial sequencing, metagenomics and/or sequence analysis.
    • Experience with metagenomic classification/assembly and AMR profiling and databases.


    Working at the Baker Institute offers flexibility, professional development, and the opportunity to contribute to a research centre of world renown. Benefits include generous salary packaging, an employee assistance program, as well as modern offices and laboratories adjacent to the Alfred Hospital and walking distance to St Kilda Road, Chapel Street, and Fawkner Park.

    Remuneration will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

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    How to apply:

    Applications should include a current resume and cover letter, quoting reference GM01. Applications without these documents will not be considered. We are reviewing applications as they are received so if you think you’re the right person for this role, we’d love to hear how your capabilities, achievements and experience set you apart.

    To be eligible to apply for this position you must hold appropriate Australian work rights and be immunised with the COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions (No 4). More details of the role can be found in the position description, for further information please contact the person listed below.


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