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Research Fellow – Klebsiella pneumoniae genomics and metabolic modelling

Job No.: 601348

Location: The Alfred Centre

Employment Type: Full-time 

Duration: 12 months fixed-term appointment with the possibility for extension

Remuneration: $69,401 - $94,190 pa Level A (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Drive your own learning at one of the world’s top 80 universities
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions

Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions. You’ll have access to quality research, infrastructure and learning facilities, opportunities to collaborate internationally, as well as the grants you’ll need to publish your work. We’re a university full of energetic and enthusiastic minds, driven to challenge what’s expected, expand what we know, and learn from other inspiring, empowering thinkers.

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity exists to join the Department of Infectious Diseases at Central Clinical School where you will use computational approaches to contribute to the development of a first-of-a-kind population metabolism framework for Klebsiella pneumoniae, a World Health Organisation priority 1 pathogen. You will interact with research scientists, students, and administrative staff of Monash University; and collaborate closely with other members of the laboratory, the Department, and international collaborators at the University of California San Diego (USA) and Institut Pasteur (France).

The Role

You will use a combination of comparative genomics and genome-scale metabolic modelling approaches to investigate how metabolic capabilities are distributed in the K. pneumoniae population, and identify metabolic traits that have been subject to strong selective pressures. You will also be tasked with the conduct of research as a member of a team and independently, development of research-related material for teaching or other purposes and research advice to postgraduate students. 

About You

You will hold a PhD or have equivalent experience with a strong computational biology background. This bioinformatics-focused position is suitable for an individual with strong undergraduate and graduate training in a relevant area of biology (molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology) as well as demonstrated skills and/or training in a quantitative discipline (statistics, computing, mathematics). The ideal candidate will have experience working with high-throughput genomic data from bacteria, with experience in using command-line programs, as well as writing and troubleshooting code in Python and/or similar programming languages. Ideally you will have experience in analysis and visualisation of complex data, experience working in a multi-disciplinary research environment and have the capacity to supervise honours and postgraduate research students. Prior experience using genome-scale metabolic modelling approaches is helpful but not required.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

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Enquiries

Dr Kelly Wyres, kelly.wyres@monash.edu

Position Description

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Closing Date

Saturday 29 February 2020, 11:55 pm AEDT

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