First listed on: 12 June 2020

CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioinformatics and Statistical Genetics

The Opportunity
  • Are you looking to work for a high-performing Transformational Bioinformatics Group? 
  • Do you have advanced data analytics capabilities?
  • Join CSIRO - Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Position

We are seeking a PhD qualified Statistical Geneticist or Bioinformatician to join the Genomics Insights Team. The ideal candidate has practical experience in statistical genetics as well as advanced programming abilities. Together we aim to improve clinical genomics by revolutionizing the variant annotation and prioritization field.

You will join the high-performing Transformational Bioinformatics Group from the Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC) and collaborate closely with Australian genomics initiatives in Queensland, Victoria and NSW, the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health as well as Australian and International companies operating in the genomic testing space.

The Australian e-health research centre (AEHRC) is CSIRO’s digital health research unit delivering innovation to the health system. It is the largest eHealth research group in Australia with 100 research scientists working with clinicians and industry to identify the clinical and/or health challenges. AEHRC is worldwide unique in covering the full value chain from basic science through to clinical application and assessing their impacts on Australian and international health systems.

Your duties will include
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes. 
  • Develop innovate concepts, theories, tools and techniques related to statistical genetics and variant prioritisation.
  • Undertake regular reviews of relevant literature and patents. 
  • Produce high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in quality journals, for client reports and granting of patents.

Location:      Sydney, NSW
Salary:          AU$83k – AU$94k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Specified Term of 3 years
Reference:    64018

To be successful you will need
  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Bioinformatics or Statistical Genetics.

Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or part time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.

  • Practical experience with statistical genetics applications in humans, such as GWAS, or eQTL
  • Evidence of advanced data analytics and programming capabilities in more than one language relevant for bioinformatics (e.g. Python, Java, C++, Scala, BASH, R, Julia).
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences.
  • A sound history of publication in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents, please provide impact criterion on your papers (IF, or number of citations)
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

The successful applicant may be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent or if the successful candidate is not an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, they may be required to undergo additional security clearances and tests as part of their visa application.

For more information about this role please view the Position description.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.  Diversity and Inclusion Strategy


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

Friday 10th July 2020 at 11 pm AEDT.

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