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Research Officer (Bioinformatician) - Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute (Melbourne)
  • Opportunity to be a part of a world-renowned research centre, based in Melbourne
  • Full Time, 3 Year contract, with potential for renewal
  • Generous salary packaging options

About Baker
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is an independent, internationally-renowned medical research facility, with a history spanning more than 90 years. The Institute's work extends from the laboratory to wide-scale community studies with a focus on diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The Baker Institute is the nationís first multi-disciplinary organisation tackling the deadly trio of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease through research, education and patient care.

About the Role
The Research Officer (RO) is a postdoctoral Bioinformatician who will be based at the Baker Institute in the Systems Genomics Lab and supervised by A/Prof Inouye and A/Prof Salim, Chief Biostatistician at the Baker Institute.

You will perform a range of tasks, including:
  • Providing biostatistics and bioinformatics expertise for experimental/study design, data analyses and interpretation, and reporting of results.
  • Collaborating with other Baker Institute Laboratories to provide bioinformatics support and to identify experimental design/data analysis issues that would benefit from bioinformatics/biostatistics expertise.
  • Coordinating the processing and analysis of data.
  • Developing new and/or revised analytic methodologies.
  • Performing critical analyses of literature relevant to research.
  • Assisting in the preparation of research papers and manuscripts for publication and presenting at conferences and workshops, and in the writing of project reports, articles and other documents.
  • Organising data, research and analysis procedures.
  • Participating in the development of general goals for the research project and in the planning of the field and/or laboratory work; planning and coordinating the work of laboratory assistants, graduate students, programmers and other support personnel; and serving as a consultant to the project director, grant principals, and staff.
  • Organising data for the preparation of proposals for new funding.
  • Assuring compliance with affirmative action and safety programs.
  • Assisting with preparation of research publications and grant applications where relevant.
  • Proactive attendance at team meetings and attendance at all relevant seminars and staff meetings.

Skills and Experience
To succeed in this role, you will have:
  • A PhD in a quantitative discipline (such as bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, statistics or epidemiology) and/or health science discipline (such as biochemistry, molecular biology or genetics/genomics).
  • Research experience in genetics, genomics, computational biology or bioinformatics including significant experience in the statistical or computational analysis of large human genomic datasets.
  • Experience in the management, processing and quality control of large datasets.
  • Previous experience in coordinating activities of students and junior staff.
  • A high level of interpersonal skills, which enable the appointee to liaise effectively with a wide range of people at a variety of levels internal and external to the Baker Institute.
  • Demonstrated ability to use Unix-based systems, computing clusters and related queuing systems, modern scripting/programming languages including R.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and contribute to high impact research publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines without compromising close attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Proven ability to work as a member of a team as well as autonomously without close supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to take initiative and to improve and enhance existing systems and procedures (quality assurance).
  • A high level of independence and initiative, and demonstrated ability to consistently produce high quality results.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and comply with privacy requirements.

Remuneration will be commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications and experience, plus superannuation and generous salary packaging options.

How to Apply
Applications should include a current resume with details of 3 professional referees quoting reference (MI01). For a position description or further information, please visit our website at:

Contact details
A/Prof Mike Inouye, Laboratory Head, Systems Genomics Laboratory, 03 8532 1512

A/Prof Agus Salim, Statistician, Population Health, 03 8532 1808

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