First listed on: 26 July 2022

A world leader in molecular life sciences and tropical/infectious diseases, James Cook University (JCU) now has an exciting opportunity for an exceptional early career researcher to join our dynamic team of professionals in the Centre for Tropical Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology to strengthen our Bioinformatics capacity in support of research in human health and tropical disease. The position is full-time, fixed term to December 2026 and based at the Cairns Nguma-bada campus. Remuneration is at Academic Level B: $97,856 - $115,465 per annum plus superannuation.

Building on our recent discoveries, we are now seeking an innovative and enthusiastic early career researcher to develop bioinformatics software to support a variety of large genomics projects centred on the role of genetic variation in human disease and host/parasite interactions. In addition to research, you will undertake learning and teaching and engagement activities, contributing to the development and expansion of undergraduate/postgraduate teaching efforts in Bioinformatics.

With a PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, software engineering, biostatistics or related disciplines, you bring extensive experience in the development of computational workflows and software tools; pipeline/algorithm development and implementation in R, Python, Perl, shell scripts; next generation sequencing data analysis (RNA-Seq, WGS, long-reads, single cell) and analysis of genetic variation. You demonstrate enthusiasm and capacity for conducting internationally recognised research evidenced by a track record of publications, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience and the ability to supervise higher research degree students.

JCU offers a culturally diverse working environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth. JCU prides itself on being dedicated to teaching, learning and research that is not only of high quality, but also delivers practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region. We support our people through the provision of;

  • A generous superannuation scheme with up to 17%employer contributions with UniSuper
  • Five weeks of annual recreation leave
  • Attractive options for salary packaging
  • Fitness Passport
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Online media subscriptions
  • Corporate discount on health insurance premiums
  • Professional and career development support
  • Well-equipped campus facilities including cafes, sporting and fitness.

If you are interested in contributing to this valuable area of our University, please visit the Careers at JCU website and apply today.
Vacancy reference 18034 - applications close on 21st August 2022 at 11:59 PM.
For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Dr Matt Field on (07) 4232 2047 or via email

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