Wednesday 19 July 2023

The OceanOmics Centre is hiring! Research technician positions available

We are recruiting two new positions for the Minderoo OceanOmics Centre at UWA: a Marine Genomics Research Technician and an eDNA Research Technician / Scientific Officer. These are both full-time two-year positions (with likely opportunities for extension), and applications close 11:55 PM AWST on Sunday, 6 August 2023. Please see the link below to find out more. Informal enquiries are also welcome - please contact Rich Edwards.

We are seeking two new members of the technical support team for the OceanOmics Centre, particularly with respect to all aspects of DNA sequencing (sample extraction, library preparation and setting up sequencing runs). You’ll get to play with the latest sequencing technologies, including Illumina NovaSeq/NextSeq, PacBio Sequel/Revio, and ONT PromethION P24. One role will focus on marine vertebrate reference genomes, and associated techniques (e.g. high molecular weight DNA extract, and HiC proximity ligation). The other role has an environmental DNA (eDNA) focus, with more emphasis on Illumina sequencing and liquid handling robots.

About the team

The Minderoo OceanOmics Centre at UWA is a partnership between UWA and Minderoo Foundation to undertake research and development under the direction of Minderoo’s OceanOmics Program. Part of Minderoo’s Flourishing Oceans initiative, this ambitious program aims to revolutionise ocean conservation through application of novel environmental DNA technologies. This includes the development of innovative laboratory and computational approaches to optimise and scale collection, processing and analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA) from marine environments, as well as generate a comprehensive reference library of marine vertebrate genome data. All data produced as part of the OceanOmics program will be subject to rigorous QA/QC and released publicly through open access repositories.

Located in the Bayliss Building on the UWA Crawley Campus, the OceanOmics Centre combines a joint Ocean Genomes Laboratory, an OceanOmics/eDNA Laboratory, and Computational Biology Services. Equipped with the latest high-throughput sequencing technology, liquid handling robotics, flow cytometry, and computational infrastructure, the centre is staffed by a collaborative team of scientists (from both Minderoo and UWA) and UWA technical staff. Core centre operations support the Minderoo OceanOmics Program, under the direction of senior Minderoo employees.

UWA staff, including this postholder, are part of the UWA Oceans Institute, a multidisciplinary research institution with core offices in the nearby Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre building, and liaise closely with Minderoo employees for day-to-day operations.

For more details, and to apply, visit the UWA jobs site: and

We are also recruiting students for three Pawsey student internships.

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