Current Positions

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There are currently no positions available at VLSCI, however these are other opportunities related to life sciences computation and/or high performance computing:

VLSCI Summer Internships 2014/15

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).

Contact Christina Hall with any enquiries on 8344 3528.

PhD scholarship in Computational Materials Science
Supervisor: Dr Michelle Spencer (RMIT University)

A PhD scholarship is available in the group of Dr Michelle Spencer at RMIT University to work 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.

Current interest in nanomaterials is enormous, due to their potential applications in current or new technological areas. In order to realise the full potential of such materials an understanding of their properties, including their surface chemistry, is essential. This project will focus on using density functional theory calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to model the structure, electronic and dynamics properties of nanostructured materials, such as silicon
nanosheets or zinc oxide nanostructures.

The PhD candidate will gain experience in running simulations on several of the top high performance supercomputing facilities available in Australia. Some prior knowledge of basic unix will be helpful but not essential. Interested students should have a background in chemistry, physics or nanotechnology.

Interested candidates should contact Dr Michelle Spencer for further details (

Swiss PhD Fellowships - applications due 1 November 2014

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, thanks to the generous support and trust of its partners, is offering the opportunity to a selection of the best students worldwide to carry out their PhD research in one of its groups, all of which are located in Switzerland. The laureates will receive a financial grant for 3 years (extendible for 1 year) and:

  • become a member of SIB, the leading network of Swiss bioinformatics
  • have access to professional training courses Be part of the Swiss PhD Training Network in bioinformatics
  • be introduced to industrial partners during specific events
  • participate in SIB events Attend the Summer School and Students’ Retreat SIB provides core databases, software and support for the worldwide life science research community.

SIB leads and coordinates the field of bioinformatics in Switzerland by federating bioinformatics research groups from Swiss schools of higher education and research institutes. Currently, SIB consists in 52 research and service groups located in the country’s seven main cities. SIB creates, maintains and distributes world-renowned bioinformatics resources, mainly free of charge, to the national and international life science research community. A few examples include UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot, STRING, SWISS-MODEL, SwissDock and neXtProt.

Key dates of the SIB Fellowship programme:

  • Closing date for applications:   1 November 2014
  • Shortlist selection announcement:   11 December 2014
  • Interviews:   January 2015
  • Start of PhD:   between March and September 2015

Further information and application forms

Melbourne/Boston sister city High Rogers Fellowships - applications due Friday 8 August, 2014

Hugh Rogers recognised early on the importance of promoting exchanges of talented people and ideas between Melbourne and Boston in all areas of endeavour. The Fellowships reflect this principle and are designed to create durable links between people and institutions in Melbourne and Boston that over time enhance the intellectual, commercial and cultural life of each city. Thus the purpose of these Hugh Rogers Fellowships is to encourage and support innovative people and ideas by funding research and projects that expand and enhance Melbourne’s and Boston’s reputations as centres of knowledge excellence in three areas of research and practice.  These areas of focus are: education, healthcare and medical research, and the arts and culture. Depending on the quality of applications and the availability of funds in each year, one or more Fellowships up to $20,000 may be awarded in these nominated areas of endeavour. Each Fellowship is intended to fund a self-contained, and sustainable, research project of a short duration, to be undertaken in an institution in Boston.They will be awarded to practitioners and researchers in the early stages of their careers.

Applications download (note: site appears under construction but details are on bottom rhs)


Junior bioinformatician required at PeterMac - March 2014.

Fresh graduates with excellent programming skills will be considered:  For further details, contact: Jason Li, PhD, Senior Research Officer, Bioinformatics, Cancer Research Division, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melbourne, VIC 3002 +61-3-9656 1512,

Internship in cardiac modeling at IBM TJ Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York USA - deadline now passed Friday 21 March, 2014

IBM Research is seeking an intern to work on the Cardioid Heart Modeling project. The candidate will join a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional team that is developing state-of-the-art models of cardiac electrophysiology and mechanics. The work requires simulations on high performance computing systems, analysis of large datasets, interpretation of results, and preparation of scientific publications. The preferred candidate's research will be in some of the following fields: bioengineering, mathematical sciences, computer science and quantitative physiology.  

Full details.

Post-doctoral position in Medical Systems Biology - University of Melbourne - advertised December 2013, closes 17/12/13

Dr Michael Inoue, Laboratory Head, Medical Systems Biology group at the University of Melbourne is advertising a post-doctoral position as part of a project to understand the systems pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease.

Full details.

Post-doctoral position in Bacterial Genomics - Bio21 Institute - advertised December 2013, closes 15/12/13

Dr Kathryn Holt, Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the Bio21 Institute is currently advertising a post-doctorial position to work on bacterial genomics. Ideally the successul applicant will have coding & R skills plus biological knowledge. 

Full details.

Computational Informatics Graduate Fellow Program 2014 - CSIRO - advertised December 2013, closing date January 2014.

This program is for Bachelors or Masters graduates who may be interested in working at CSIRO for 2 years on some ‘real-world’ problems. Suitable for students in Masters of Science (Bioinformatics) and similar courses.

Application form. Contact for more details.

Bioinformatics Manager - AGRF

AGRF is Australia’s largest genomic science service provider, providing high quality nucleic acid analysis services to academic, applied research and commercial markets spanning biomedicine, plant and animal science, microbiology, evolutionary biology, biodiversity, Biosecurity and other fields. Services provided range from small to large-scale DNA sequencing, genotyping, gene expression, and associated Bioinformaticanalyses. Based in Melbourne, and reporting to the National Operations Manager, the primary aim of this role is to manage AGRF’s national Bioinformatics capability.

Full details.

Ph.D. Scholarship in Computational Biophysics - OPEN as at August, 2013

This scholarship provides an opportunity for a talented student to undertake their Ph.D. in Computational Biophysics, on a project of high biological and medical significance.

Project description
Ion channels are membrane-proteins that catalyse rapid and selective transport of charged molecules across cell  membranes to enable electrical and chemical activity in the body. In this project, computer simulations of membranes and ion channel proteins will be carried out on local and supercomputing facilities to elucidate functional mechanisms. This includes the application of statistical mechanical and electrostatic principles to understand the permeation of ions, as well as the activation of channel proteins. The aim is to work with experimental collaborators, both locally and  overseas, to extend to problems involving the interactions of membranes and channels with different compounds and peptides, with therapeutic applications for a range of neurological and cardiovascular diseases.

Value and duration
The scholarship carries a stipend equivalent to an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA; $24,653). The scholarship will be provided by the School of Applied Sciences, RMIT University, for 3 years, with the proviso that the student apply for an APA in 2013. The student is also eligible to apply for a top-up scholarship for an additional $5,000/year through the Health Innovations Research Institute, RMIT. Applications are now open.

To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:
• Be an Australian Resident.
• Have a first class honours degree, or a master’s degree by research, in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Engineering.
• Have carried out an honours or master’s research project in biophysics, physical chemistry, chemical physics,  condensed matter physics, biology, bioengineering, pharmacology or nanotechnology.
• Possess a strong desire to study biological problems using physical and chemical methods, and to use extensive  computer cluster and supercomputing facilities.
• Have an academic record that is competitive for an APA scholarship.

How to apply
Contact Assoc. Prof. Toby Allen:

The Scientist’s 2010 Life Sciences Salary Survey indicated that the only growth in salaries in 2010 was in the fields of bioinformatics, biophysics, biotechnology, and neurosciences. This was attributed to the increasing requirements for informatics components in large projects,  the continued surge in high-throughput experiments and a corresponding demand for employees who can manage and interpret the data. [The Scientist, Vol. 24, Issue 11, pg 53, 1/11/2010].