Friday 21 October 2022

The Ocean Genomes Lab is hiring - Bioinformatics and Sequencing technicians wanted!

Adding to the recently advertised Sequencing technician posts (closing 27 October), we are now pleased to advertise two bioinformatics research assistant positions to support our creation of marine vertebrate reference genome library. If you have experience with genome assembly or bioinformatics workflows, and are passionate about saving marine biodiversity, come and join us!

Two positions are available at Level 5 or 6, depending on your experience. Both roles will be providing bioinformatics support for our marine vertebrate reference genome project. You’ll get to play with data from the latest sequencing toys, including Illumina NovaSeq 6000, NextSeq 2000 and iSeq 100, the PacBio Sequel IIe, and ONT (probably PromethION and MinION).

Job roles will include developing and applying genome assembly workflows, data curation and QC, data sharing, and development/benchmarking of comparative genomics and genome assembly curation tools. If you have experience or passion for integrating bioinformatics workflows with Laboratory Information Management Systems and/or Electronic Laboratory Notebooks, we’d also love to hear to from you. SQL database skills would not go amiss too.

We’re a new team with lots to do, so there is plenty of scope to make the position your own and play to your strengths.

The closing date for applications is 11:55 PM AWST on Thursday 10 November 2022.

To learn more about these opportunities, please click here or contact Rich Edwards at


The Minderoo OceanOmics Centre at UWA combines a joint Ocean Genomes Laboratory, an OceanOmics Laboratory, and Computational Biology Services.

Equipped with the latest high-throughput sequencing technology and in collaboration with global partners, the Ocean Genomes Laboratory will generate a comprehensive library of high quality marine vertebrate reference genome assemblies. All such reference genome data will be subject to rigorous QA/QC and all assemblies will be released publicly with open access.

The Ocean Genomes Laboratory will undertake research and development under the direction of Minderoo’s ambitious OceanOmics Program which has the goal of revolutionising ocean conservation through novel marine sampling and genomics approaches and scaling these to significantly advance our knowledge of marine life. The Ocean Genomes Laboratory and Computational Biology Services will include state of the art infrastructure including sample and eDNA preparation areas, flow cytometry, single cell sequencing equipment and the latest bioinformatics and computational biology tools.

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