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RO/Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics/Comp Bio

FTC - Full-time Contract
SAHMRI North Terrace

Applications close Tuesday 31, December 2019


Full-Time, 2 Year Contract


  • Exciting opportunity in the Lynn EMBL Australia Group
  • World-class health and medical research facility in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Salary: $80,000 - $100,000 (dependent on qualifications, skills and experience) plus attractive benefits package including generous salary packaging tax benefits and superannuation contributions

At the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), we are committed to achieving innovative, ground-breaking health and medical research that fundamentally improves the quality of life for all people.


The Lynn EMBL Australia Group at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide, Australia is now seeking applications for a bioinformatics/computational biology researcher to work on a variety of projects in the cancer systems biology and systems immunology areas. Prior experience in at least some of the following areas is essential: analysis of next generation sequencing (NGS) data; network and pathway biology; cancer systems biology; machine learning methods and experience in biomarker discovery and validation. Active collaboration and the ability to manage multiple different projects simultaneously is essential. An initial 2 year full-time contract is available, potentially renewable.


SAHMRI: is a $250 million state-of-the-art medical research facility with excellent core facilities and services, including a high-performance computing cluster. SAHMRI is located in the new $3+ billion biomedical precinct in the Adelaide central business district, close to all the amenities of the city. Adelaide boasts a Mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches and is within an hour’s drive of world-class wine regions including the Barossa Valley.

The Lynn EMBL Australia Group: The successful candidate will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that is equally divided between computational and experimental systems biology. The group is headed by Prof. David Lynn, who also heads the SAHMRI Computational and Systems Biology Program, one of 16 research programs at the institute. The group is currently funded by EMBL Australia Group Leader funding, The NHMRC, Cancer Australia, as well as several smaller grants and consists of five senior postdoctoral researchers, two research officers as well as PhD and honours students, who employ in vitro and in vivo experimental and clinical models coupled with systems biology approaches to investigate cancer and the immune system. On the bioinformatics side, the group leads the development of a wide range of bioinformatics applications including, an internationally recognised systems biology platform. David has also led the computational biology aspects of €12 million European Commission funded cancer systems biology project, which is currently being finalised for publication.

About the Role

  • Develop new computational methods/approach/software to enable cancer systems biology and/or systems immunology.
  • Implement and develop efficient pipelines for the analysis of a wide range of multi-omics data and where necessary develop new custom bioinformatics methods and/or pipelines.
  • Implement machine learning based approaches to identify novel biomarkers of disease.
  • Provide collaborative support to others in the group/theme with bioinformatics components of their projects.
  • Lead the writing of publications relating to the projects.
  • Assist in the smooth running of projects and the wider group (e.g. some light sys admin work).
  • Contribute to development of competitive funding applications.


About You

  • A strong track record in bioinformatics as evidenced by prior publications in high impact journals in the field.
  • Advanced programming skills in several of the following: Python, R, C++, Perl, SQL, Java.
  • Experience in developing methods for systems biology – particularly in the network biology area.
  • Prior experience working in genomics/NGS bioinformatics
  • Demonstrated experience in the downstream integrative analysis of omics data (e.g. pathway, network analyses).
  • Prior experience working in a high-performance computing environment.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and communication skills.
  • Must be highly collaborative, be a strong team player and be able to manage multiple ongoing projects.


Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence. We are proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community.  Our values of Excellence, innovation, courage, integrity and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals. If these are also your values and goals, apply today.

For a copy of the position description and information relating to living in Adelaide, please click here.

For more information, please contact David Lynn, EMBL Group Australia at 


Applications close: The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply


SAHMRI is a member of the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity program


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