Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position in Macquarie University, Australia

Designation/Position- Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Macquarie University, Australia offers postdoctoral research fellow position for candidates having doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as bioinformatics, statistical genetics, computer science, computational biology or information technology.

About- Macquarie is the University of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia’s leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We’ve helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia’s first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie, you’ll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by a beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door.

In Macquarie’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, you’ll join leading researchers, passionate educators and internationally respected clinicians, united in a mission towards delivering the best patient care. Home to the Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research and Australia’s first fully integrated academic health sciences centre, we are a place of bold discoveries and distinctive educational programs that embolden the future leaders of healthcare.

The Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research comprises a large group of neuroscientists drawn from across Australia and around the world are working collaboratively towards a common goal: finding a cure for MND. The centre is dedicated to MND research, the largest of its kind in Australia, with a unique multidisciplinary research pipeline that starts at Macquarie University’s MND clinic and flows into human genetics and genomics, cell biology, biochemistry, animal models and pre-clinical testing. Our research focuses specifically on the key mechanisms underlying MND and identifying potential therapeutic strategies in an aim to make significant advances in both the diagnosis and treatment of MND in the near future.

Research/Job area– Relevant discipline area, such as bioinformatics, statistical genetics, computer science, computational biology or information technology

Location- Macquarie University, Australia

Eligibility/Qualification- To be considered for this position, applicants are asked to provide a cover letter and attach a detailed response to the selection criteria, in a separate document.


  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as bioinformatics, statistical genetics, computer science, computational biology or information technology.
  • Demonstrated extensive experience in NGS data analysis, large cohort human variant analysis and a deep understanding of the underlying genetic concepts (e.g. GWAS, genotypes, heritability, LD, complex genetic traits).
  • Evidence of advanced programming skills in two or more languages relevant for bioinformatics (e.g. Python, C++, Java, Scala, BASH, R, or equivalent).
  • Substantial understanding of biostatistics and omics data analysis
  • Evidence of well-developed written and verbal communication skills, for example, publications in academic environments such as scientific journals/conference presentation
  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team to develop and complete research tasks, as well as the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.


  • Experience with Hadoop-based compute engines (e.g. SPARK) as well as high-performance computing environments (e.g. PBS, SLURM)
  • Experience with data analysis and interpretation of genomic sequence variants for clinical utility (e.g. NATA accreditation).
  • A demonstrated ability to interact with external/internal collaborators and stakeholders.

Job/Position Description- The Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research is seeking to appoint a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to undertake clinical bioinformatics and statistical genetics research. The successful candidate will contribute to the genetics and genomics aspect of a recently funded grant to elucidate the genetic component of disease variability seen in motor neurone disease (MND).

Project tasks will include processing and statistical analysis of high-throughput sequencing data to identify clinically relevant variants; identify DNA methylation and gene expression profiles from clinical samples; and to perform integration of omics datasets.

This role will require the candidate to work closely with our collaborators at CSIRO. The transformational bioinformatics team specialises in cloud-based analysis of genomic data and the successful candidate will have an opportunity to contribute to software development for genomic analysis.     

The successful candidate will need to be self-motivated and able to work independently, while working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team.

Salary Package: From $86,956 to $96,655 per annum (Level A) plus 9.5% employer’s superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment type: Full-time, 1 year fixed-term contract.

Specific Role Enquiries: Dr Kelly Williams, Macquarie University Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at [email protected]

General Recruitment Enquiries: Daniella Oreskovic, HR Administrator at [email protected]

How to Apply- Eligible and interested candidate can apply online.

Last Date for Apply– 5 May 2018 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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