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Research Fellow (Ocean Omics Laboratory)

Job no: 509270
Work type: full time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Science

  • A rare opportunity to work as part of a collaborative team in a high-profile state of the art genomics research facility dedicated to studying marine vertebrates
  • Advance your research in conservation of marine vertebrates or marine vertebrate phylogeny, using comprehensive genomics datasets.
  • Contribute to decision making and enhance your research leadership skills
  • Three-year fixed term full time role. Flexible work arrangements will be considered including part time hours and varied start and finish times
  • Salary range: Level B $102,983 - $121,864 p.a. (pro rata) plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The Minderoo OceanOmics Centre at UWA combines a joint Ocean Genomes Laboratory, an OceanOmics Laboratory, and a Computational Biology Program.

Equipped with the latest high-throughput sequencing technology, and in collaboration with global partners, the Ocean Genomes Laboratory will generate a comprehensive library of high-quality marine vertebrate reference genome assemblies. All reference genome data will be subject to rigorous QA/QC and all assemblies will be released publicly through open access.

The OceanOmics Centre will be located in the Bayliss Building on the UWA Crawley Campus, OceanOmics staff sharing the building with research and teaching staff primarily from the UWA School of Molecular Sciences and interacting with staff in the UWA Oceans Institute in the nearby IOMRC building.

About the opportunity

As a Research Fellow you will join a research group committed to applying modern molecular biological methods to marine research.

Using modern genomic approaches, you will undertake research on marine vertebrates, focussed on the production, QC and assembly of high-quality reference genome data. You will participate in the entire workflow from sample collection and processing, generating genomic sequence data in the laboratory using multiple modern genome sequencing technologies, with a focus on data processing, assembly, curation, analysis and dissemination.

In this unique role you will also be supported to develop your leadership skills. Working closely with the Centre’s UWA Principal Research Fellow, junior postdoctoral academics, the Centre’s Laboratory Manager, and diverse researchers from Minderoo Foundation you will contribute to decision making, oversee the work of technicians and PhD students and provide leadership in modern high-quality genome assembly production and publication.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A PhD in bioinformatics, molecular genetics or genomics, computational biology or demonstrated equivalent competency
  • Relevant postdoctoral experience in high throughput DNA sequencing and whole genome assembly
  • Strong computational skills with the ability to organise and process large genomic data sets
  • Strong research interest and demonstrated expertise in the analysis of genomic data and establishing bioinformatic and analysis pipelines
  • Track record of research publication relative to opportunity
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with highly developed organisational skills

The successful candidate will be required to travel occasionally for fieldwork or conferences. Flexibility of work hours can be offered.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. Please see the position description prior to applying:Download File PD 509270 updated.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria

Closing date: 11:55pm AWST, Friday 19 August 2022

This position is open to international applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Bronze Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2021).
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020. 


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