First listed on: 23 July 2022

Research Scientist in Omics and Machine Learning for Algae Bioprospecting


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The Opportunity

  • Use machine learning to create a predictive platform for algae bioprospecting
  • Contribute to the ‘omic characterisation of yet unidentified Australian algae
  • Lead multiple publications and undertake professional development in core research and management skills

Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are an investment in science that underpins innovation and has the potential to help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. They are hubs that support world class, creative research teams which integrate science and delivery over the long term.  The Environomics FSP is using genomics and other ‘omics technologies to revolutionise environmental science and natural resource management.  Environmental genomics allows us to see beyond the Australian landscape to the genescape, transforming our ability to manage our biodiversity and make use of the genetic resources in nature.

As the Research Scientist in Omics and Machine Learning for Algae Bioprospecting, you will join both the Australian National Algae Culture Collection (ANACC) and the Environomics FSP.  You will design and implement a technically challenging research project that will develop an extensive knowledgebase of algae phylogenetics, omics and bioproduct characterisation.  With the application of machine learning, you will link evolutionary relationships of algae to bioproduct production, to develop a predictive platform for intelligent algae bioprospecting. The project involves extensive data creation from genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, and bioactive screening, for analysis and machine learning, and additionally, there will be some scope for you to develop your own research interests within the project.

In this role you will:

  • Under the supervision of senior researchers, lead the planning, preparation and execution of creative and innovative research activities relating to algae ‘omics and bioactive characterisation.  
  • Prepare detailed design proposals and experimental protocols.
  • Recognise opportunities for innovation, and generate new theoretical perspectives by pursuing new ideas and approaches. 
  • Identify further opportunities which arise from research and initiate new investigations.
  • Present results in a meaningful format, prepare reports for clients and/or write scientific papers for publication.  
  • Identify and address problems promptly and in a constructive manner.
  • Undertake experimental and/or observational research activities and supervise/train others as required.

Location:  Hobart, Tasmania
Salary: AU$102k - AU$111k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified Term of 3 years - Full-time
Reference:  87031

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field such as such as environmental genomics, molecular biology, cell biology, molecular ecology, bioinformatics, or similar.
  • The ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research.
  • A publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, and a demonstrated ability to communicate research outcomes.
  • A willingness to learn new techniques, and the ability to design and implement novel genomic, proteomic, or metabolomic protocols, and/or implement machine learning techniques.
  • High-level laboratory competency and technical skills, and the ability to analyse complex datasets. 
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • High-level attention to detail in setting up complex analytical procedures.

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details


Applications are open to:

  • Australian or New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents
  • Australian temporary residents with work rights for the expected length of term (at least to the end of August, 2025, with no requirement for sponsorship)

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Thursday 11 August, 2022 (11pm AEST) 

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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