Bioinformatician - Software Developer

The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) is a leading global life sciences research institute committed to improving quality of life through research. IMB was established in 2000 as UQ's first research institute and is the cornerstone of one of the largest bioscience research precincts in Australia.

The Institute is home to more than 450 researchers, postgraduate students and support staff from more than 40 countries who work in partnership with their academic, industry and clinical colleagues around the world to advance knowledge in areas including pain, rare diseases, inflammation, superbug infection, cardiovascular disease, environmental research, drug discovery and development, cancer, diabetes and obesity, and reproductive health. Our mission is to drive the bioeconomy and create better health; our vision is to be a life sciences institute with global impact. 

By investigating how we grow and develop at the genetic, molecular, cellular and organ levels, IMB researchers can better understand the development processes and pathways involved in human and animal health and disease. The institute also has the technical capacity to translate its new knowledge into drugs, diagnostics and technologies to more effectively prevent, detect and treat disease; and pursue opportunities in a range of biotechnology applications for health, industry and the environment. 

IMB's research outcomes are protected and commercialised by UQ-owned technology transfer group UniQuest.

Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed on the Institute's website at:

Organisational Environment

QFAB@QCIF is a leading provider of bioinformatics, biostatistics and biodata services for life science and clinical researchers. Working closely with researchers, the QFAB@QCIF Team applies data management, integration, analysis and visualisation techniques to maximise the potential value of large-scale biological and clinical datasets. 

QFAB@QCIF is the consulting branch of QCIF, a non-for-profit public company whose members are six Queensland-based universities. This position will be hosted at UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), which is one of Australia's premier biomedical research Institutes. It houses 32 research groups in the Divisions of Computational Biology and Genomics, Chemical and Structural Biology, Molecular Cell Biology, and Molecular Genetics and Development. The institute's emphasis is on quality research and its translation into medical and biotechnological outcomes. 

Details of QFAB@QCIF services may be accessed on the QFAB website at

The role

Being an integral part of the QFAB team, the successful appointee will be a talented and enthusiastic bioinformatician with strong programming experience and will contribute to the development of solutions for eResearch and computational biology projects.  The appointee will be working as part of a small dynamic team, which requires a person with experience in bioinformatics analysis and web development technologies.

The person

Applicants should possess Honours or Master's degree in bioinformatics, computer science or information technology or related discipline with a significant software development component. You should have demonstrated expertise in Java programming and design skills in either Java, R or Python in a Linux environment. A demonstrated understanding of biological processes, themes and their interpretation is also required.  You should possess a committed drive to client service and to meeting deadlines and targets.  A high level of personal motivation, initiative and the ability to work as part of a team is essential.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information please contact our Australian Indigenous Employment Coordinator at: 

Applications are also encouraged from women.

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated. 


This is a full-time, one year fixed term appointment at HEW Level 5 or 6. The remuneration package will be in the range $62,716 - $70,241 p.a. (HEW 5) OR in the range of $72,045 - $77,635 p.a. (HEW 6), plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $73,378 – $82,182 p.a. (HEW 5) or $84,293 – 90,833 p.a. (HEW 6)).  The level of appointment will commensurate with the successful applicant's qualifications and/or experience.

Position Description

Download File Position Description_499600_ 3035984_Software Developer.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Dominique Gorse on +61 7 3346 2624 or

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Applications Close: 27 November 2016

Reference: 499600