Murdoch University position: CRC Bioinformatics Research Officer

Murdoch University’s Centre for Computational & Systems Medicine (CCSM) has embarked a partnership with the CRC to generate molecular phenotypes of premium food products unique to Western Australia. The position is created specifically to support key research projects that aims to add value solutions to food industries in the State.

The position will focus on the development and application of high-fidelity computational and statistical modelling pipelines for modelling metabolic phenotyping data generated from Western Australia premium food products.

The role

The CRC Bioinformatics Research Officer will play a key role in collating, managing and studying metabolic phenotyping data derived in house using dedicated databases and existing informatics pipelines, as well as developing new data-analysis strategies. This position will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to work with complex, multi-dimensional data and contribute to the translation of research into food science practice.

This project will involve a number of partners, including the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), global analytical equipment manufacturer Bruker BioSpin GmbH, and key SMEs and industry stakeholders.

The CCSM will harnesses the deep metabolic phenotyping capabilities of the Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC) to generate molecular profiles of food and food products using a range of state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques (eg. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry) to unravel key attributes such as molecular make-up and nutritional functionality as well as authenticity and provenance.

What you’ll bring to this role

The candidate should possess:

  • a Doctorate (or equivalent experience) in metabolic phenotyping bioinformatics, computer science, computational biology and/or chemistry;
  • experience in the development and application of bioinformatics tools and biostatistical methodologies common to the field of metabolomics and metabolic phenotyping;
  • proficiency in programming languages such as R, Python, MATLAB, JavaScript; and
  • experience in analysis of large data sets.

It is also desirable that the preferred candidate has:

  • practical knowledge of the version control system git;
  • evidence of a developing track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals;
  • a healthy work attitude and the ability to work outside of normal hours if required; and
  • discipline and regard for confidentiality and security at all times.

Applicants should refer to the Position Description for further detail on the duties, skills and experience required for this role. Applicants must have valid work rights.

What you’ll get in return

You will be part of a vibrant and talented team. You’ll work within an innovative and lively university community and enjoy the benefits that come with working at Murdoch.

Our people enjoy a natural campus and world-class facilities as well as a range of benefits including:

  • competitive remuneration;
  • paid leave entitlements;
  • flexible work arrangements;
  • salary packaging options;
  • an Employee Assistance Program; and
  • on-campus services and facilities including a childcare centre, gym, veterinary hospital and chiropractic clinic.

Apply for the job

Please apply by submitting the documents below:

  • a cover letter, including a statement addressing the selection criteria (found in the Position Description); and
  • your most recent resume (CV).

Closing date: Friday 7 January 2022 (8:59pm AWST)

Note that job applications sent by post or email will not be accepted.

Further information and position enquiries

Please visit the Current vacancies page to view the position description for this role.

For more information, consult the Applicant Guide.

The position contact is Dr Ruey Leng Loo, WA Premier’s Mid-Career Fellow in Molecular Nutrition at

Please note that visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Also note that Murdoch University will be in a Limited Service Period from Wednesday 22 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022 inclusive. Shortlisting for this position may commence after 3 January 2022.

Murdoch University values diversity, promotes inclusion, and strongly encourages Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, women, and people with disability to apply. Applicants who have support or access requirements, are encouraged to advise this at the time of their application, to ensure appropriate assistance is provided throughout the recruitment process.

The University reserves the right to withdraw this advertisement at any time.

View the position listing here.