Bioinformatician position at reNEW Melbourne Node    

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW) at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is looking for a Bioinformatician in the Kidney Regeneration Laboratory.

Who We Are    

At Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, we share a powerful vision; to re-imagine the future of child health. We are the home to many life-changing scientific discoveries. We believe that no question is too impossible to try and answer. We are renowned for our cutting-edge focus on early interventions, improved diagnosis, prevention, and development of potential cures. Our success is founded on a philosophy of collaboration through a multi-disciplinary approach to solving the toughest questions in child health. Murdoch Children’s is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity, equity and respect that celebrates and values the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our people. We strive to foster a positive working environment that is underpinned by equal opportunity for all and consideration for the diverse voices of our people and the communities we serve. Murdoch Children’s is a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability and is a committed subscriber to Science Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) and its principles.

Job description    

The MCRI Kidney regeneration laboratory is led by Prof. Melissa Little and includes a diverse team of over 20 researchers with a shared vision to develop new treatments for kidney disease. Our work draws from the fields of stem cell biology, developmental biology, disease modeIling, gene editing and tissue engineering and is focussed on the application of stem-cell derived kidney organoids. Increasingly, our goals rely on solid computational analyses of large, complex transcriptomic and image datasets and we are, therefore, expanding our group to include a full time research assistant or research officer specialised in computational biology or bioinformatics.

The position will be embedded within a team led by Dr Kynan Lawlor, focussed on generating advanced methods and fundamental knowledge to enable stem-cell derived renal replacement therapies. One of our main activities is a large multi-site project funded under the reNEW consortium and in collaboration with a commercial partner. This position will contribute directly to this project as well as other projects focussed on applying bioinformatics approaches to understand and improve kidney organoids.

The role will be primarily focussed on developing, implementing, and maintaining analysis pipelines for bulk and single cell transcriptomics and image datasets. The researcher will work closely with team members to assist in planning experiments, collecting, and managing data, and designing/implementing analysis pipelines. The role will also involve training and assisting other members of the Kidney Regeneration group with bioinformatics work.

An ideal applicant has bioinformatic and biological training. Applicants with limited knowledge of biology are still encouraged to apply as we can offer training and the opportunity to be embedded in a team with both computational and wet-lab scientists. The role will also have the opportunity to work closely with both MCRI Transcriptomics and Bioinformatics Group led by A/Prof. Mirana Ramialison and reNEW Bioinformatics Facility (Melbourne node), co-led by both A/Prof Mirana Ramialison and A/Prof Fernando J. Rossello and receive training in cutting-edge computational approaches and mentoring from experienced bioinformaticians.

Application close: 6 August 2023

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