Head of Bioinformatics - Computational Biology

Oct 17, 2016
Nov 28, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

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: http://www.imb.uq.edu.au.

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 http://qfab.org

The role

As part of QFAB's leadership team, we are seeking an outstanding scientist with significant bioinformatics experience in genomics to head a team which delivers innovative, high-quality and time-driven results for a wide variety of research programs from within universities, research institutes and industry.  This position offers an outstanding opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to cutting-edge research projects in the biological, agricultural, environmental and medical sciences.

The position involves gathering research requirements from existing and potential clients, developing with them new proposals and delivering efficient solutions and outcomes that exceed their expectations. 

The person

Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in bioinformatics applied to genomics and other omics technologies. In addition to scientific excellence, applicants will have demonstrated success in team leadership, project management and customer orientation.  Driven by results and measured on performance, the applicant will demonstrate a high level of personal motivation and initiative to work autonomously and have the ability to work as part of a management team. Applicants should possess a PhD with at least 6 years of experience in relevant fields.

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: atsi_recruitment@uq.edu.au 

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, two year fixed term appointment at HEW Level 8 or 9. The remuneration package will be in the range $90,107 - $101,179 p.a. (HEW 8) OR in the range of $105,640 - $111,790 p.a. (HEW 9), plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $105,426 – $118,379 p.a. (HEW 8) or $123,599 – 130,794 p.a. (HEW 9)).  The level of appointment will commensurate with the successful applicant's qualifications and/or experience.

Position Description

Download File Position Description_499590_3022581_Head of Bioinformatics - Computational Biology.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Dominique Gorse on +61 7 3346 2624 or d.gorse@qfab.org.

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: 499590

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