Group Leader Bioinformatics

    • Newly created role to establish and lead a bioinformatics program with a strong focus on cancer

    • Collaborative and supportive work environment

    • Generous salary packaging benefits

    About the position

    The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute (ONJCRI) has experienced significant growth since establishment in 2015, doubling in staff and student numbers and expanding research activities to 5 distinct cancer research programs, the development of a patient bio bank and a genomic and single cell sequencing platform. This exciting, newly created position will establish and lead bioinformatics across the Institute through the development of innovative tools for bioinformatics analysis and interpretation of large and complex datasets (pre-clinical and clinical) generated from a diverse range of sources (in-house and public). Actively participating in collaborative cancer research projects with a bioinformatics component, the incumbent will have the unique opportunity to create a culture of research excellence and best practice in computational biology and bioinformatics analysis, in addition to presenting proposals for hardware requirements and upgrades to ensure consistent and seamless service provision.

    About you

    The successful candidate will demonstrate experience with various aspects of Bioinformatics including the analysis of various data sets. As you will be collaborating on a diverse range of projects with researchers and clinicians, you will have excellent communication skills and the ability to lead and mentor key people who have limited background with bioinformatics. Furthermore, you will have the ability to work independently in leading and promoting the bioinformatics program as well as effectively working with all staff and students of the Institute. Key to this position is your active contribution to the research output of the entire Institute including but not limited to, leading and collaborating on applications for research grants and fostering collaborations with external research groups working in translational cancer research.

    The successful candidate will have more than 5 years proven experience in bioinformatics, preferable in a leadership capacity. In addition, you must have a PhD in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Physics, Statistics or related discipline or equivalent experience in the area of Bioinformatics.

    Key Selection criteria include:

    • Demonstrated success in a research role including publications of significant impact research papers
    • Established track record in cancer genomics
    • Strong programming (R, Perl, Python, Java), analytical analysis and statistical skills
    • Strong expertise in interpretation of genomic data
    • Demonstrated capacity to work in and contribute to a team project as a valued and regarded collaborator
    • Exceptional communication skills to convey complex concepts in Bioinformatics to Researchers and Clinicians with limited relevant background

    As an ONJCRI staff member, you will have access to generous benefits including salary packaging of $18,550 per annum.

    To apply

    Click here to download the position description. Please forward your cover letter and CV with 3 referee details, quoting the reference number ONJCRI-053/2019 to Professor Matthias Ernst, Scientific Director, via email at

    Closing Date for Applications: 22 November 2019