CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genome Data Informatics for Newborn Screening

Date Posted: 15 May 2024
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Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • 3-year postdoctoral role for an early career researcher with a PhD in bioinformatics, computer science or data science
  • Be part of the largest eHealth research group in Australia helping deliver innovation to the health system
  • Join the Australian e-health Research Centre (AEHRC) and be part of Australia's newborn screening population program


CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system.


The Australian e-health research centre (AEHRC) is CSIRO’s digital health research unit delivering innovation to the health system. It is the largest eHealth research group in Australia with more than 100 research scientists working with clinicians and industry to identify the clinical and/or health challenges. AEHRC is worldwide and unique in covering the full value chain from basic science through to clinical application and assessing their impacts on Australian and international health systems.  

Within the AEHRC, the charter of the Transformational Bioinformatics Group is to develop novel bioinformatics solutions for research and industry using the latest developments in cloud and BigData infrastructure.   

The CERC Fellow will join AEHRC and collaborate closely with external collaborators (including the NSW Health Pathology and commercial entities) to innovate and evaluate new technology (e.g., genomic sequencing) for the detection of more preventable childhood diseases and enable the rapid addition of new diseases in newborn and neonatal screening programs. However, the inclusion of genetic information, the most personally identifiable information, necessitates robust privacy and security solutions and innovative approaches to informed consent. Therefore, the CERC Fellow will aid in developing novel approaches for dynamic consent and building engineering solutions around this, among other aspects of genome informatics for the research program. 


Your duties will include:

  • Carrying out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.  
  • Developing and evaluating innovative concepts, theories, tools, and techniques related to genome data informatics, dynamic consent for newborn and neonatal screening programs. 
  • Producing high quality scientific and/or engineering papers suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals, client reports, blog posts, and granting of patents.
  • Recognising and exploiting opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progressing opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research.
  • Utilising design thinking methodology to plan and prepare research proposals, and applying non-academic impact methodology to research projects. 


Location: Sydney NSW, Adelaide SA, Brisbane QLD, Canberra ACT, or Melbourne VIC  
Salary: AU$96k - AU$105k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 96691


To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as bioinformatics, computer science or data science. Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Proven impact from developing solutions on public cloud infrastructure (AWS, Azure, GCP, Alibaba cloud) or advanced high-performance compute (HPC) with demonstrated software/systems engineering practices (code version control, deployment automation, performance optimisation). 
  • Evidence of advanced data analytics and programming capabilities in more than one language relevant for bioinformatics (e.g. Python, Java, C++, Scala, BASH, R, Julia). 
  • Experience/familiarity with the principles of human genomics applications.  
  • Practical experience/Familiarity with genome analytics of WGS and other ‘omics data types.  


For full details about this role please view the Position Description



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


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How to apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.


Applications close

13 June 2024, 11:00pm AEST

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