Researchers, submit your MSc Bioinformatics projects by our 17 April deadline

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Each year there is always fierce competition for talented and in-demand MSc Bioinformatics students to work on research placement projects across the Precinct. Projects begin mid-2020 and early 2021 (for subsequent student cohorts) and placements typically run part time for 18 months concurrently with coursework, with several assessment points and a minor thesis due on completion.

A typical placement requires a student learn appropriate bioinformatics techniques and apply these 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. Melbourne Bioinformatics experts may also be available to provide co-supervision for certain projects if required. Refer to our Research placement guidelines.

The Process

1. Following submission of projects from supervisors by 17 April, a consolidated 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 their supervisor.

Researchers are encouraged to submit a short project description by FRIDAY 17th APRIL 2020 using this Application Form.

For further reference, see the list of 2019 projects here.

Please note that bursaries will not be offered from this call onwards.

Feel free to contact A/Prof Park if you have any questions.


A/Prof Daniel Park
Academic Coordinator, MSc (Bioinf)
Academic Lead, Melbourne Bioinformatics