Job:Postdoctoral Scientist in Statistical Bioinformatics, WEHI, Melbourne, Australia
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Research Officer (Statistical Bioinformatics)
ACRF Cancer Biology and Stem Cells Division, WEHI, Australia

An excellent opportunity is available for a Research Officer (Statistical Bioinformatics) to join the ACRF Cancer Biology and Stem Cells Division division at Australia’s pre-eminent biomedical research institute.

About the position

An exciting opportunity exists for a Research Officer (postdoctoral scientist) to join the research laboratory of Doctor Yunshun Chen in the ACRF Cancer Biology and Stem Cells Division (also joint with the Bioinformatics Division) at WEHI.

The laboratory works closely with research collaborators on various cancer diseases, with a particular interest in identification of cancer stem cells and understanding cancer genesis. The laboratory will focus on the application of single-cell and spatial technologies on cancer research and will develop advanced computational and statistical bioinformatics strategies to analyze and interpret genomic data generated by cutting-edge technologies. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Yunshun Chen and will work on cancer genomics and statistical bioinformatics methodology development. Specific projects may involve RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, single-cell multi-omics, spatial transcriptomics, breast cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct bioinformatics analyses, to develop bioinformatics methodology as appropriate and to work closely with collaborators in a multi-disciplinary team.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will have a doctoral qualification or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as statistics, mathematics, computational biology or computer science. The candidate should have the ability to apply mathematical, statistical and computation principles to genomic problems. Experience with data analysis, programming and large datasets would be an advantage as would experience in R, Python, Unix and software development. Prior experience in bioinformatics and medical research would be an advantage but is not required. More general selection criteria are listed in the position description.

Terms of appointment

This position is available for 2 years in a full-time capacity. Salary is A4 - A6 ($84,693 - $91,404). Up to 17% superannuation and very attractive salary packaging options are available.

General enquiries can be directed to Dr Yunshun Chen –

A position description is available here.

How to apply

Please apply via the link here.

Application closing date: 3 December 2021

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