Current Opportunities and Positions

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NCMAS - Call for Expressions of Interest in Membership of the Resource Allocation Committee, due 1 August 2016 

The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) provides access, based on research and computational merit, for researchers at Australian universities and publicly-funded research agencies, to resource shares at the major national computational facilities. These facilities have been developed through substantial infrastructure investments in recent years by the Commonwealth Government (under its NCRIS and Super Science programs), with the operations of these facilities being supported by established collaborations which involve research universities and national agencies. For 2017, allocations will be available at the two peak national supercomputer installations, NCI and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, and other more specialised facilities to be advised.

NCMAS are now seeking EOI from people wishing to join the Merit Allocation Committee (NCMAC).

Full details.

Posted on behalf of Allan Williams, Associate Director (Services and Technologies), National Computational Infrastructure, The Australian National University.

RESEARCH MASTERS and PhD PROJECTS targeting health and medical research in life science computing

Traditionally, medical advances have been yielded from analyses of small datasets resulting from relatively contained experimental designs. In recent times, however, great progress has been made in generating large, curated and publically available collections of data that have the potential to be harnessed to address important medical questions. The key to doing this is cross-disciplinary collaboration between computer scientists, molecular biologists and mathematicians.

The VLSCI combines a wealth of human expertise with powerful computational resources. We are a multidisciplinary organisation, consisting of computer scientists, molecular biologists and bioinformaticians with a strong track record of collaborative research.

We have identified a number of exciting biomedical research projects with the potential for significant real-word impact, such as improving cancer treatments and diagnostics, and are seeking expressions of interest from students. The focal areas of research will expose students to functional genomics, application and development of machine learning techniques for bioinformatics, as well as developing computational tools to decipher molecular mechanisms of diseases. Our projects would be ideally suited to prospective Research Masters or PhD candidates who excel in data analytics, and/or computer science and are driven to apply these skills in this rapidly developing area of medical research.

For more information, please contact:

Dr Bernard Pope, Head of Clinical Genomics and Head of Cancer Genomics, or

Dr Daniel Park, Head of the Melbourne Bioinformatics Platform and Head of the Genomic Technologies Group.

Students wishing to embark on graduate research at the University of Melbourne should contact the Melbourne Scholarships Office to get advice and details regarding funding opportunities.

Opportunities for travel grants, scholarship top-ups and casual work may be available from VLSCI for students directly engaged on our own research projects, subject to funding. 

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COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY RESEARCH INITIATIVE - Committee reps - closes 1 July 2016

The broad themes of the CBRI are to support and facilitate collaborative and interdisciplinary research by involving research staff from across University faculties, departments, and schools, with partner organisations, and with external researchers (including international linkages). The CBRI plans and delivers public and research targeted events, such as seminars, workshops and symposia. In order to broaden our Steering group membership, we are calling for nominations to include one postdoctoral researcher and one PhD student representative on the committee. The expected commitment for this role includes attending committee meetings (approx. 1.5 hours every month), attending of CBRI seminars and contributing to other CBRI events and initiatives on an ad hoc basis. Read further.

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BIOINFORMATICIAN IN PROTEOMICS AND PROTEIN STRUCTURE, LA TROBE UNIVERSITY - applications close 22 June 2016

La Trobe University is recruiting a Bioinformatician in Proteomics and Protein Structure to provide expert advice and bioinformatic support in collaboration with academic and industry researchers. The successful applicant will apply and integrate bioinformatics and statistical software to analyse proteomics datasets generated using a range of technologies, including mass spectrometry; and develop and implement data analysis workflows, pipelines and tools to process, manage and perform datamining of proteomics, structural and interaction datasets. For more information: http://careers.pageuppeople.com/533/caw/en/job/551005/bioinformatician-in-proteomics-and-protein-structure

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