Group Leader or Senior Research Officer - Single Cell and Computational Genomics

Group Leader or Senior Research Officer - Single Cell and Computational Genomics

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Sydney, Australia

An exciting
opportunity exists for an exceptional candidate to join Garvan’s Single Cell
and Computational Genomics Laboratory and develop their own independent research
program as part of a large-scale initiative in cellular genomics. The position
is part of a collaborative endeavour between the Garvan Institute of Medical
Research and the Weizmann Institute of Science – an international association
that harnesses the synergistic strengths of two world-class research

The Computational
Genomics Laboratory, headed by Associate Professor Joseph Powell, focuses on
demonstrating the genomic mechanisms by which loci contribute to complex human
diseases, and working towards early stage diagnosis methods and targeted
therapeutics. The laboratory applies existing and novel computational
approaches for analysis of high-throughput genomic data, followed by functional
validation using molecular techniques such as high-throughput genome editing
and cell phenotyping. The laboratory has a very significant focus on the use of
single cell sequence technology and development of new methods in this field.
The laboratory drives projects in a number of areas of medical genomics research,
but we also believe strongly in the value of collaboration between groups with
differing expertise. We are committed to reproducible research practices, and
open data policies.

The Senior Research
Officer / Group Leader will be accountable for research within a discipline
area, but they will integrate and align with the research goals of the
Laboratory and/or Institute to address important questions in their area of
research through individual effort and through the development of collaborations
both within and outside the institute.

The successful candidate will also interact
significantly with the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics (GWCCG).
GWCCG houses a cellular genomics facility with cutting edge services for
researchers and industry partners. The GWCCG team develop new technologies to
solve critical problems; and run research programs that focus on both
fundamental and translational cellular genomics. The Garvan-Weizmann Centre is
one of the few global sites where state-of-the-art technologies are seamlessly
integrated, including the latest platforms in flow cytometry, microfluidics,
genomics, high-performance computing, and bioinformatics.

The Opportunity

The position includes an attractive salary,
research support, and annual funding to visit the Weizmann Institute. Depending
on the experience of the candidate, the position can be either a Senior Research
Officer or Group Leader.  The role will
be offered full-time for 3 years in the first instance.

The key responsibilities include the

- To make original contributions in
research that creatively address questions of science in their field of
expertise which are likely to lead to significant advances in research.

- To actively engage in building the
partnership between the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the
Weizmann Institute of Science.

- To gain or sustain a significant
international scientific reputation by effectively presenting high impact
material at the most significant national and international scientific
meetings in his/her field which is likely to command widespread
international interest.

- To secure funding through research grant
and fellowship submissions to external funding bodies and provide prudent
supervision for the proper utilisation of grant funds.

- To provide guidance and motivation to
less senior research staff and any research support staff and/or scholars
involved in the researcher’s work so that these develop a team identity
likely to have beneficial outcomes for the research.

About You

The incumbent will have a PhD in an
appropriate area of medical research, and relevant post-doctoral experience (at
least 5 years of relevant research experience) and publications in the field of
computational biology. A background in cellular genomics is desirable, but not
essential. The candidate is expected to have a well-evidenced strong track
record in performing high impact scientific research in the field of
computational genomics.

You will also have the following key competencies:

- Possess an innovative approach to problem

- Be a strategic thinker in relation to both
scientific and organisational matters

- Have well developed organisational abilities
and be able to delegate

- Have a strong commitment to quality and be
capable of routinely high quality work

- Have excellent communication skills for
written reports and oral presentations

- Demonstrate a capacity to work cooperatively
with other groups and laboratory members

How to Apply


All applications must be submitted via the
Garvan Careers site via the link below. Applications from other sites/channels
will unfortunately not be considered.


Your application should include: 

- A cover letter
- Your resume including at
least 2 referees

- Copies of relevant
qualifications / academic transcripts

Closing Date

The position will remain open
until filled. As we will be reviewing applications as
they are received, we encourage you to submit yours as soon as possible.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.