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Expressions of Interest to work in the VLSCI Life Sciences Computation Centre (Parkville)

The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) was established in 2009 to strengthen the life sciences reputation and capability of Victorian institutions by providing a petascale computing facility and research support, outreach and skills development services to take advantage of the exciting new developments in computational biology and bioinformatics.

As many areas of science and biomedicine turn to high throughput technologies, there is a growing shortage in skills and expertise for data analysis, visualisation, modelling and integration. Specific skill sets required include high performance and throughput computation, high volume data management, sophisticated statistical approaches to testing and correlating large, complex datasets, advice regarding appropriate experimental design, and broad domain knowledge and understanding of national and international life sciences data resources.

Based at the University of Melbourne, VLSCI's Life Sciences Computation Centre (LSCC) has established itself as a central pillar of bioinformatics capability across the largest biomedical research precinct in Australia, providing cutting edge expertise and data analysis, training, development of and access to best practice analysis tools and platforms, community building, and advocacy for external funding opportunities. The LSCC aspires to play a national leadership role in building computational biology expertise, tools and collaborations to contribute to and enable world-class data interpretation and management for Parkville, Victorian and Australian life science researchers. Key objectives for 2015/16 will be: establishing the Melbourne Bioinformatics Platform at the University of Melbourne, further developing existing collaborative relationships with major biomedical research precincts throughout Australia, and forging links with international bioinformatics research centres.

We are seeking exceptional bioinformaticians to help build the capacity of the LSCC and the Melbourne Bioinformatics Platform, joining a well established team of  bioinformaticians. Successful applicants will interact with numerous high profile research groups across Parkville and Victoria, providing advice, collaborative data analysis and support, tool and infrastructure development, and training across a range of bioinformatics and computational biology activities.

VLSCI is hosted at The University of Melbourne, which is responsible for the development and implementation of this high-profile initiative under an agreement with the Victorian Government and all other stakeholders. Appointments will be made through The University of Melbourne.

Employment type: Full-time Fixed Term

Campus: Parkville

Initial enquiries Contact A/Prof. Andrew Lonie ( Please include your telephone number and contact details.

Application process:

Close date: 8 December 2014, 11:55 PM AEST

VLSCI Summer Internships 2014/15 - APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

The VLSCI is now offering a number of Internships in Life Sciences Computation over Summer 2014/15 to students from Victorian universities. Successful candidates will work with VLSCI researchers on projects which align with our Life Sciences Computation Centre's main areas of research, in particular, High Throughput Genomics and Molecular Dynamics.

Assignments may include implementing existing models or algorithms, porting existing software, running scientific simulation software, developing mathematical and computational models and performing scientific research including bioinformatic analyses.

How to apply
  • Prepare your *CV, academic transcript and a cover letter detailing your research interests.
  • Complete an application form, scan and send with CV, transcript and letter in an email to Christina Hall by 9 November 2014. No extensions are possible.
  • Note: all internships commence on Monday 8 December 2014 and are full-time until Friday 20 February 2015 (excluding University shut down 25 Dec-2 Jan).

Download application form:      PDF       WORD


PhD Scholarships - open now, October 2014

ARC Industrial Transformation Scholarship

Active in the VLSCI's Molecular Dynamics (MD) community, Prof. Irene Yarovsky, Program Leader - Biophysics and Bioengineering, Health Innovations Research Institute, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University, is currently offering an exciting opportunity for a PhD candidate to undertake theoretical modelling studies of the interactions of biomolecules with engineered surfaces to optimise the design of antimicrobial coatings.


Computational Materials Science Scholarship

Not directly in life sciences, but an opportunity to develop MD skills, is now being offered through a PhD scholarship in the group of Dr Michelle Spencer at RMIT University, working in the area of computational materials science. The project focus will be on novel nanomaterials for the detection of pollutant gases or as applications in electronic devices and batteries.



Postdoctoral Position

Research Fellow, Computational Nano-Bio Science

A collaborative ARC Discovery project between the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering of RMIT and the Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK, "Understanding biomolecular interactions of nanoparticles for engineering efficient biomedical materials and devices," requires a research fellow to apply molecular simulation to study the structure, properties and performance of novel classes of biologically relevant nanomaterials under the supervision of Prof. Irene Yarovsky.



Contact Christina Hall with any enquiries about VLSCI Opportunities on 8344 3528.