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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.

The VLSCI website has more information about the LSCC and research areas and current projects running on our machines.


Students with demonstrable aptitude to undertake high level research in an area of life sciences computation.

Desirable attributes:
  • Honours, Masters or PhD students in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Biology or related disciplines at a university in Victoria.
  • Background in one or more relevant areas: structural biology, protein science, biomolecular modelling, bioinformatics, genomics, neuroscience, probability/statistics, machine learning, algorithms, differential equations, numerical analysis, mathematical modelling.
  • At least 1 year experience programming.
  • Experience programming in several languages (e.g. Matlab, Python, C, C++, Java).
  • Experience in high performance computing (i.e. MPI, OpenMP).
Further information

Internships have been offered exclusively to postgraduates in the past, but applications from exceptional undergraduates will be considered. Interns will be paid at the rate of a Research Assistant Grade 1, and must have the relevant permits to work in Australia. Projects may be based at the LSCC Hubs at Monash and La Trobe Universities or at VLSCI in Parkville. The term of appointment is approximately eleven weeks, with a mandatory break over the University Christmas-NY shut-down.

It will be the responsibility of PhD candidates to establish through their own institutions how such an internship would fit with leave of absence or study away conditions of their candidature. Candidates will also need to consider the income tax implications of any internship in relation to any other PhD income they may be receiving, prior to accepting any internship offer.

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.