Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Bioinformatics Research Assistant

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Fixed Term  
Computational Biology (CB)
Supporting Documentation:

  • Innovative, collaborative and positive team-orientated environment
  • Modern, world-class facilities
  • Convenient Randwick location, close to transport

Do you have a passion for research? A passion to help children? A passion to help us beat this devastating disease? Do you want to add skills, improve your CV, grow in your career and expand your track record?

Children's Cancer Institute is wholly dedicated to putting an end to childhood cancer and is the only medical research institute in Australia solely dedicated to this cause. We don't just hope to do it – we will do it; and we're looking for the brightest minds to help us get there. Children's Cancer Institute provides the best possible environment for our staff thrive with state-of-the-art facilities at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW Australia – one of the leading cancer research centres in the world.

We are leading the national Zero Childhood Cancer personalised medicine program for children with the most aggressive cancers, in partnership with the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Zero Childhood Cancer is the most exciting childhood cancer research initiative ever undertaken in Australia and is a world-leading initiative

We are currently looking for a Bioinformatics Research Assistant who will support the research activities of the Computational Biology group. This research covers a broad spectrum of bioinformatic and computational biology approaches, spanning from the development of novel software and analytical approaches to pipeline development, large-scale genomic analysis on the cloud and database development. The Computational Biology group develops novel computational approaches to improve outcomes in patients with childhood cancer. This research will have a highly translational component, as some of the outputs (e.g. novel analytical methods) may be used to inform patient care and treatment decisions via the Zero Childhood Cancer Program. The research also has a strong underlying imperative to produce open-source tools or pipelines, and to be published in leading journals. The successful candidate will work closely with other members of the Computational Biology group to support this research.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the development of novel approaches to analyse and understand inherited and somatic mutations in paediatric cancer patients
  • Support the development of local, and cloud-based genomic applications to analyse tumour molecular data
  • Support the design and development of databases to store and query patient molecular data
  • Support the implementation of web-based research platforms for data presentation
  • Benchmarking of novel and emerging methodologies to analyse patient molecular data
  • Support the research and grant administrative activities of the Computational Biology group


Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • BSc or BEng in bioinformatics, molecular biology, biotechnology and biomolecular sciences, software engineering, computer science, physics, or related degrees
  • Strong expertise in at least one of these areas:
    • Bioinformatics
    • Software engineering
    • Programming
  • Expertise in at least one of bash, R, perl or python is essential
  • Highly motivated, creative and empathetic is essential
  • Experience working with a team is essential
  • Expertise in at least one of genetics, genomics, next generation sequencing, cancer biology or molecular is desirable, but not essential
  • Expertise in cloud-based and/or high-performance computing platforms and software containers is desirable, but not essential
  • Expertise in whole genome sequencing and RNA sequencing data analysis is desirable, but not essential
  • Expertise in software development is desirable, but not essential
  • Expertise in bioinformatics is desirable, but not essential


This is an excellent opportunity to work in an inspiring workplace, whilst growing your career as a Bioinformatician. We have a brand new in-house High Performance Computing cluster designed purely for the needs of the Bioinformaticians. You will have the ability to become a key member of several different projects with the possibility in the future to integrate and merge into one of the leading research programs within the Institute. We are strongly committed to the growth of our employees so all staff can fulfil their aspirations. You'll be rewarded with a friendly and professional flexible work environment, comprehensive on-campus facilities, competitive salary, salary packaging options, access to a leading EAP program and regular social activities. Join a group of dedicated people in a performance-driven environment to achieve success and discover what it's like to look forward to coming to work every day and make a real difference. We're looking for people who share our values of accountability, integrity and camaraderie, teamwork, sharing and excellence, success and satisfaction.

A detailed job description and additional information about Children's Cancer Institute can be found on our website at: We embrace diversity and encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

To apply, please click the 'APPLY' link and forward both your resume AND cover letter clearly addressing the qualifications, experience and skills required. Note: Applications will be reviewed prior to the closing date; which is dependent on the status of the recruitment process.