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Bioinformatician (Software Engineer)

Posted date: 26 / 07 / 2023

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI606
  • Employment type FTC - Full-time Contract
  • Location SAHMRI North Terrace
  • Applications close Saturday, 09 Dec 2023
  • Contact Sen.Wang@sahmri.com
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Full-Time, 2 Year Contract

About the role

Salary range: $80,000 - $95,000 AUD

The South Australian Genomics Centre (SAGC) is a multi-institutional, national genomics and bioinformatics facility that is supported by Bioplatforms Australia (BPA) through the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). The SAGC has consolidated genomics and bioinformatics expertise in the state, with a group of ~12 genomics and bioinformatics staff working side-by-side to deliver innovative genomics and bioinformatics solutions across all areas of genomics research, including agriculture, healthcare and ecology.

An exciting opportunity now exists for an entry level post-doctoral researcher or experienced MSc-level bioinformatician to join the SAGC bioinformatics team. To flourish in this role, you will need to be able to work across multiple different projects and to possess excellent organisational and time-management skills.

This role is primarily responsible for conducting bioinformatics analyses on a wide variety of client projects with varying levels of complexity. You will have a varied and interesting workload across projects in different biological disciplines.

There are significant opportunities for professional growth and development through exposure to data sets from different genomics technologies. Staff are expected to enable research by leading the development of reproducible, standardised pipelines for genomics data analysis and, where necessary, new methods and pipelines. Your career development will be supported and you will be encouraged to publish your research and to collaborate on major funding applications to NHMRC, ARC or MRFF.

You will also be supported to develop your bioinformatics capabilities; ensuring that the SAGC can remain at the forefront of genomics. It is expected that you will have interest in and develop your capabilities in at least one specialist area of bioinformatics.

About the Role

Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop reproducible analytical workflows with a view to improve internal efficiencies as well as client experiences
  • Provide end-to-end bioinformatics analysis support to SAGC clients
  • Contribute to/or lead the drafting of reports and publications

About You

The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes:


  • MSc, PhD, or equivalent experience, in either bioinformatics, computer science, physics, statistics or other relevant discipline
  • Minimum 2 years relevant work experience
  • Have a broad understanding of at least two of the following areas and a significant interest in developing a deep understanding in at least one:
    • DevOps: version control: test driven development and continuous integration, containerisation using Docker/Singularity
    • Workflow systems: Nextflow and/or Snakemake
    • Visualisation: data visualisation and User Interface/Experience design
  • Prior experience with at least one of the following scripting languages: bash, R, Python and Perl
  • A highly collaborative person, a strong team player and an excellent communicator
  • Ability to work in an organised, methodical way and to manage multiple ongoing projects
  • Attention to detail and a desire to understand a project and the intricacies of the data analysis
  • Prior experience working in a high-performance computing environment


  • Transcriptomics: bulk RNAseq, scRNAseq, spatial transcriptomics,
  • Genomics: variant, haplotype and diversity analysis, genome assembly, metagenomics, epigenetics
    • Systems biology: multi-omics data integration, network analysis
    • Other Omic's technology: metabolomics, proteomics
    • Statistics: linear models, ANOVA, hypothesis testing
  • Prior experience working in a client-oriented bioinformatics role
  • Prior experience working in a biomedical, agricultural or environmental context
  • Experience with programming languages such as C/C++, Go, Rust, Java
  • Working in a cloud computing environment
  • Linux systems administration

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence. We are proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community.  Our values of excellence, innovation, courage, integrity and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals. If these are also your values and goals, apply today.

As a not-for-profit organisation, SAHMRI employees can access salary packaging options up to $15,900. Salary packaging lets you pay for things like the everyday costs of living with money from your salary before tax. This reduces your taxable income, meaning you could pay less tax and take home more of what you earn. For more information on salary packaging please see the Maxxia website.

For a copy of the position description, please click here.

For more information, please contact Dr Sen Wang at Sen.Wang@sahmri.com

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

SAHMRI is a member of the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity program. We have been awarded Bronze status for our commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEMM.

Applications close Saturday, 09 Dec 2023

Contact Sen.Wang@sahmri.com

Apply now

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