Research Scientist - Bioinformatician/Population Geneticist

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Department: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: SciB
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/081147E
Closing Date: 16-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 081147_SciB Research Scientist_PS_Bundoora_1.docx (Word, 120KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Gabriel Keeble-Gagnere

Position Details

  • Salary: $90,067 - $102,192 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: AgriBio, Bundoora (flexibility may be available)

The Team

The position of Research Scientist – Bioinformatician/Population Geneticist forms as part of the Agriculture Victoria Research branch within the Agriculture Victoria group.

The Agriculture Victoria Group

Agriculture Victoria works with industry and community stakeholders to support the agriculture, food and fibre sector to become more globally competitive, innovative and resilient.

The Agriculture Victoria Research Branch

The Agriculture Victoria Research branch represents DJPR's agricultural research and development function. The Agriculture Research branch provides a discipline-based science and technology delivery function in the following areas: a) Genomics and Cellular Sciences; b) Microbial Sciences, Pests and Diseases; c) Plant Sciences; d) Plant Production Sciences; e) Animal Production Sciences; and f) Agriculture Resources Sciences.

The Role

We are looking for a highly capable bioinformatician with experience working with large and diverse population genetics (‘omics) data. The position will assist in the analysis and interpretation of ‘omics datasets and will contribute to development activities aimed at exposing high dimensional data to end-users in digestible and relevant ways.

You will support the generation and analysis of large-scale genotyping datasets in grain crops including cereals, oilseeds and pulses, as well as support the development and deployment of cutting-edge open-source bioinformatic tools to enable the integration of these datasets into the operations of the Australian Grains Genebank – the national centre for plant genetic resources for grain crops and a key piece of national infrastructure supporting Australian food security. The research aims to understand the genetic architecture, in particular at the haplotype level, and molecular mechanisms underlying trait variation in crops important to the Victorian and Australian agricultural sectors.

You will be required to deliver on specific milestones for a collaborative, industry co-funded project and expected to have a developed understanding of the latest population genetics analysis tools and methods, as well as demonstrated capacity to translate results into biological knowledge. You will have access to in-house high-performance computing resources and datasets generated by state-of-the-art genomic, molecular phenomic and digital phenotyping systems.

About You

The role requires excellent analytical, scripting and organisational skills, along with good verbal and written communication skills and a developed ability to learn new skills. The position will work within a multi-disciplinary team and will interact and co-ordinate with a broader group of scientists working across a range of research programs in animal and plant genetics and genomics. The successful candidate will be provided significant opportunities for learning and growth of new capabilities.

Are you?

Seeking an opportunity to learn, grow and achieve?

Looking for a challenge, variety and flexibility?

Enthusiastic and self-motivated?

Further Information

For a confidential discussion, please contact Gabriel Keeble-Gagnere – Senior Research Scientist on

Applicants will be required to comply with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Region's (department's) COVID-19 Vaccination requirements, in line with the Chief Health Officer (CHO) Directions and any other legislative requirements, directions, policies or procedures, including but not limited to any requirement to provide evidence of vaccination status.

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How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description.

Applications close at midnight on 16 October 2022.

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