Call for MSc (Bioinformatics) research placement projects 2018 now open

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This is a call for MSc (Bioinformatics) research placement projects for the 2018 semester 1 cohort (total ~22 students). The placements start in July 2018 and run part time for 18 months concurrently with coursework, with several assessment points and a minor thesis due on completion. The full research placement guidelines are detailed here.

A typical placement would require a student to learn appropriate bioinformatics techniques and apply them to real data, interpreting the results scientifically, but the scope of projects is flexible as befits the cross-disciplinary nature of the degree – for instance, developing bioinformatics tools or methods is also appropriate. Generally, projects in previous years have had a genomics focus, but other projects are welcome as students have a diverse skill base. Experts at Melbourne Bioinformatics may be able to provide co-supervision for certain projects if required.


1. List of placement projects is given to students in late April.
2. Students directly negotiate placements with supervisors over May and early June.
3. Placements confirmed in June/early July in anticipation of late July start for semester 2.

Note that placements are always at the supervisor’s discretion and students are advised not to apply for a placement if they haven’t talked to the supervisor.

If you have a project please submit a short project description using this form by Wed 18 April.

For further information, here is the list of last year’s projects.

You may wish to offer the same project as last year if it wasn’t filled; if so just let contact Academic Coordinator, Andrew Lonie.

Bursary option

Research teams are invited to offer a $5000 bursary in association with a project, and such bursaries have helped in attracting the top students. Note that bursaries are awarded only in the case of appropriate academic performance in the MSc (Bioinf) at the time of the placement, and in the case there there are more applicants than bursaries, of any type, bursaries will be awarded based on ranked performance in the MSc (Bioinf) at the time of the placement.


A/Prof Andrew Lonie
Academic Coordinator, MSc (Bioinf)
Director, Melbourne Bioinformatics & EMBL Australia Bioinformatics Resource
University of Melbourne
(03) 8344 1395