First listed on: 30 January 2019

Group Leader/Senior Research Officer - Computational Genomics

An exciting opportunity exists for an exceptional candidate to join Garvan's Single Cell and Computational Genomics Laboratory and develop their own independent research program as part of a large-scale initiative in cellular genomics. The position is part of a collaborative endeavour between the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Weizmann Institute of Science - an international association that harnesses the synergistic strengths of two world-class research institutes.

The Computational Genomics Laboratory, headed by Associate Professor Joseph Powell, focuses on demonstrating the genomic mechanisms by which loci contribute to complex human diseases, and working towards early stage diagnosis methods and targeted therapeutics. The laboratory applies existing and novel computational approaches for analysis of high-throughput genomic data, followed by functional validation using molecular techniques such as high-throughput genome editing and cell phenotyping. The laboratory has a very significant focus on the use of single cell sequence technology and development of new methods in this field. The laboratory drives projects in a number of areas of medical genomics research, but we also believe strongly in the value of collaboration between groups with differing expertise. We are committed to reproducible research practices, and open data policies.

The Senior Research Officer / Group Leader will be accountable for research within a discipline area, but they will integrate and align with the research goals of the Laboratory and/or Institute to address important questions in their area of research through individual effort and through the development of collaborations both within and outside the institute.

The successful candidate will also interact significantly with the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics (GWCCG). GWCCG houses a cellular genomics facility with cutting edge services for researchers and industry partners. The GWCCG team develop new technologies to solve critical problems; and run research programs that focus on both fundamental and translational cellular genomics. The Garvan-Weizmann Centre is one of the few global sites where state-of-the-art technologies are seamlessly integrated, including the latest platforms in flow cytometry, microfluidics, genomics, high-performance computing, and bioinformatics.

The Opportunity

The position includes an attractive salary, research support, and annual funding to visit the Weizmann Institute. Depending on the experience of the candidate, the position can be either a Senior Research Officer or Group Leader. The role will be offered full-time for 3 years in the first instance.

The key responsibilities include the following:

  • To make original contributions in research that creatively address questions of science in their field of expertise which are likely to lead to significant advances in research.
  • To actively engage in building the partnership between the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Weizmann Institute of Science.
  • To gain or sustain a significant international scientific reputation by effectively presenting high impact material at the most significant national and international scientific meetings in his/her field which is likely to command widespread international interest.
  • To secure funding through research grant and fellowship submissions to external funding bodies and provide prudent supervision for the proper utilisation of grant funds.
  • To provide guidance and motivation to less senior research staff and any research support staff and/or scholars involved in the researcher's work so that these develop a team identity likely to have beneficial outcomes for the research.

About You

The incumbent will have a PhD in an appropriate area of medical research, and relevant post-doctoral experience (at least 5 years of relevant research experience) and publications in the field of computational biology. A background in cellular genomics is desirable, but not essential. The candidate is expected to have a well-evidenced strong track record in performing high impact scientific research in the field of computational genomics.

You will also have the following key competencies:

  • Possess an innovative approach to problem solving
  • Be a strategic thinker in relation to both scientific and organisational matters
  • Have well developed organisational abilities and be able to delegate
  • Have a strong commitment to quality and be capable of routinely high quality work
  • Have excellent communication skills for written reports and oral presentations
  • Demonstrate a capacity to work cooperatively with other groups and laboratory members

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the Garvan Careers site via the link below. Applications from other sites/channels will unfortunately not be considered.

Your application should include:

  • A cover letter
  • Your resume including at least 2 referees
  • Copies of relevant qualifications / academic transcripts

Closing Date

The position will remain open until filled. As we will be reviewing applications as they are received, we encourage you to submit yours as soon as possible.


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