Careers in Bioinformatics

‘For life scientists with expertise and an interest in bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, and related skill sets, the job outlook couldn’t be rosier. Big pharma, biotech, and software companies are clamoring to hire professionals with experience in bioinformatics and the identification, compilation, analysis, and visualisation of huge amounts of biological and health care information’ says Science.

Nature, in April 2016, wrote about this new species of biologist in an interesting article, ‘Biology goes digital’.

The Scientist‘s annual Life Sciences Salary Survey reported growth in salaries and employment opportunities in the fields of bioinformatics, biophysics, biotechnology, and neurosciences. This trend continued throughout the economic downturn from 2008 until the final survey in 2017. The growth is attributed to the increasing requirements for informatics components in large projects and the continued surge in high-throughput experiments and a corresponding demand for employees who can manage and interpret the data.

How can we help you?

Our group of senior bioinformaticians are experts in computational genomics and high throughput computing for life science research. The team is committed to training the next generation of bioinformaticians, using local, national and international networks to ensure their formal (Master of Science – Bioinformatics) and informal training is up to date.  

Academic Lead, A/Prof Danny Park and Victoria Fellow A/Prof Bernie Pope focus on the human genome, collaborating on major projects in the cancer genome, human genome informatics and data infrastructure for life science data analysis. Other experts cover non-human genomics, next-generation sequencing, machine learning, biological data visualisation, software development, Galaxy Australia development and resourcing, and bioinformatics tool development.  

Senior Advisor, A/Prof Andrew Lonie, is the Director, Australian BioCommons (hosted at Melbourne Bioinformatics), an NCRIS-funded initiative enabling life science research infrastructure. This growing field attracts those with skills in software engineering, human-centred design, tool development, data exchange and platform architecture.  

Contact A/Prof Park regarding research proposals, PhD supervision and co-supervision, bioinformatics skills development and mentoring.

See Current Opportunities for positions currently advertised by Melbourne Bioinformatics.  See also ABACBS for other opportunities across Australia.