Bioinformatician, software engineer job at MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY


Location: Parcville

Role Type: Full time; 24 month CDD

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Department/School: Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Salary: Level A.6 – $97,558.00 per year plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and honor the traditional owners of the lands on which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples, the Yorta Yorta nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We recognize that the land on which we meet and learn was the site of centuries-old ceremonies, celebration, initiation and renewal, and that local Indigenous peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the lives of these lands.

About – Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is one of the departments of the School of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

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About the role

The selected candidate will be primarily responsible for implementing a secure, cloud-based system for the uploads, management and analysis of hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV molecular data and sample metadata selected materials obtained from Public Health Laboratories (PHL) in Australia to enable rapid public health response. In addition, the candidate will be responsible for developing approaches to integrate with traditional epidemiological data. The candidate may also contribute to the implementation of visualization tools on this platform.

This collaborative effort includes researchers, clinicians, policy makers and community stakeholders from the Public Health Laboratory of the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit at the Doherty Institute and the Kirby Institute, UNSW.

Responsibilities include:

  • Engage and consult with users, including bioinformaticians, genomic epidemiologists and governments from all jurisdictions, to develop the molecular epidemiological data platform for HIV and HCV under the H2Seq project
  • Investigate the suitability of existing molecular pathogen epidemiological platforms for adaptation to meet H2Seq program requirements.
  • Collaborate with bioinformaticians and genomic epidemiologists to develop and implement processes for managing HIV and HCV genomic data on this platform
  • Interface with AusTrakka development team members to implement best practices in the development of a cloud-based data management platform and associated web visualization tools.

About you

You will be a good team player who enjoys listening, helping others and collaborating with team members. You possess strong communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders.

You will also have:

  • A bachelor’s or postgraduate degree in bioinformatics, computer science or software engineering (or equivalent)
  • Experience working with genomics and/or clinical data
  • Experience managing bioinformatics workflows using pipeline frameworks, especially NextFlow
  • Demonstrable understanding of database concepts

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the best universities in the world. We are proud of our staff, our commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and our global engagement.

Benefits of working with us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and meet challenges, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our employees enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible work arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leaves
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary package and leave loading
  • Free and subsidized health and wellness services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services, including Myki and Qantas Club cards
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, women, people of all ages, people with disabilities, and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our goal is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join us!

If you think this role is right for you, please submit your application, including a brief cover letter, resume, and responses to the selection criteria^ (found in the job description) for the role.

^For information to help you compile short statements to meet the selection criteria and competencies, please see

We are committed to ensuring barrier-free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at [email protected]

Job Description : 0056958_Bioinformatics software engineer_PD.pdf

Closing of applications: OCTOBER 11, 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


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