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Position description

  • Opportunity to be a part of Melbourne-based research centre
  • Full-time, 2-year contract, with potential for renewal
  • Generous Salary Packaging options

The role

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Computational Biologist. The successful candidate will be based at the Baker Institute in the Systems Genomics lab and supervised by Professor Michael Inouye and Dr Guillaume Méric.

The successful candidate's main roles will include:

  1. Provide bioinformatics and/or biostatistics expertise for experimental and study design, data analyses and interpretation at the Institute.
  2. Perform high quality research in bioinformatics, metagenomics, genomics or computational biology.

The lab has research interests and projects which utilise high-throughput genomics and other omics datasets to answer research questions in cardiovascular and metabolic research. The RO will be expected to lead multiple projects in this area and will be responsible for analysis of multi-omic data, with a particular emphasis on human genetics, microbiome and linked e-health records.

The RO will have extensive experience in programming languages (e.g. R and python) as well as software tools common to the genomics and metagenomics fields (e.g. plink, edgeR, GATK, snptest, impute, but also Kraken2, Humann2, Megahit, Metabat2, etc) fields. They will also be expected to have strong background in advanced statistical methods (e.g. generalised linear mixed models, multiple imputation, empirical Bayes) commonly used with omics data. We will also consider applicants with a strong background in machine learning who are willing to train in genomic science.

The lab is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We are a computational lab with highly flexible working arrangements both on- and off-site (e.g. working from home).

Skills and experience

The essential skills to succeed in this role include:

  • A PhD in a quantitative discipline (such as bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, statistics or epidemiology) and/or science discipline (such as microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or genetics/genomics) with substantial quantitative component.
  • Research experience in at least one of the following areas: statistical genomics, microbiome or metagenomic analysis, with high competency in the statistical or computational analysis of large datasets (i.e. thousands of individuals/observations across thousands of variables).
  • A high level of interpersonal skills, which enable the appointee to liaise effectively with a wide range of people at a variety of levels internal and external to the Institute.
  • Demonstrated ability to use Unix-based systems, computing clusters, modern scripting/programming languages including R.


Working at the Baker Institute offers flexibility, professional development, and the opportunity to contribute to a research centre of world renown. Benefits include generous salary packaging, an employee assistance program, and an active social club as well as modern offices and laboratories adjacent to the Alfred Hospital and walking distance to St Kilda Road, Chapel Street, and Fawkner Park.

Salary range: $85,820.08–$92,115.80 per annum + 10% superannuation. Remuneration will be commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Generous salary packaging options available.

Other benefits include flexible working hours and generous primary caregiver leave. Numerous fellowships, grants and workshops to support parents, women and ethnic minorities in science are available as an ongoing commitment of the Institute to promote gender equity and diversity. Read more about our gender equality and diversity initiatives.

Read more about our gender equality and diversity initiatives.

How to apply

Applications must be made via Seek, include a cover letter quoting reference MI02 and a current resume with details of 3 professional referees. Applications without these documents will not be considered.

To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa. More details can be found in the position description, for further information please contact the person listed below.

Apply for this job on the Seek website

Closing date: Thursday 11 November 2021.


Contact details

Prof. Michael Inouye
Munz Chair of Cardiovascular Prediction and Prevention, and Systems Genomics Laboratory Head
T: (03) 8532 1512

Dr Guillaume Méric
Senior Research Officer, Systems Genomics laboratory

Equal Opportunity Employer

We value gender equality and diversity and are a proud recipient of an inaugural Athena SWAN Bronze Award from Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE).

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