3D Visualization Software Engineer - BioVis Centre

Job No: GC201936
Location: Darlinghurst, NSW

At Garvan our research is focused upon understanding the role of genes and molecular and cellular processes in health and disease as the basis for developing future preventions, treatments and cures. Our scientists are researchers who work towards making significant breakthroughs in scientific discovery to positively impact human health.


The BioVis Centre develops novel solutions to cutting-edge data challenges, with the goal of accelerating discovery in biomedical research. The Centre collaborates with strategic initiatives and institutions in biomedical research, both in Australia and internationally, with a particular focus on diseases of relevance to Australian society. The BioVis Centre team focuses on developing methods and tools that help life scientists exploit large datasets to gain insight into underlying biological and biomedical processes.


The Opportunity

We are seeking a 3D Visualization Software Engineer to develop a versatile platform of animations conveying dynamic protein structural states relating to children’s cancer, with the aim of improving accessibility of 3D model data and new insights. 

Reporting to Prof Sean O’Donoghue, Laboratory Head – BioVis Centre, the key responsibilities include:

  • Extending and improving the Centre’s existing ‘Aquaria’ molecular visualisation system, adding new capabilities, and improving the overall performance.
  • User interface development, computer graphics, and performance optimisation.
  • Exercising of standard software engineering tasks (code management and testing) to ensure that the extended system has a suitable standard of quality, stability, and maintainability.
  • Applying the new framework to test key aspects of the visualisation, with the aim of improving the ability of users to derive new insights from their data.
  • Actively engaging with scientists at Garvan, with our CSIRO partners, and elsewhere.

The role will be offered for full time for 18 months in the first instance.


About You

The successful candidate will possess the following key skills and attributes:

  • Tertiary qualifications in the life sciences or a related area and
  • Experience in interactive graphics, data analysis, and scientific web programming, with proficiency in languages, especially JavaScript etc.
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to carry out detailed research on biomedical topics, understand complex scientific content and effectively communicate information visually - as well as verbally - to a broad audience
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work independently is essential


How to Apply

All applications must be submitted via the Garvan Careers site via the link below. Applications from other sites/channels will unfortunately not be considered.



Your application should include: 

  • A cover letter
  • Your resume including at least 2 referees
  • Copies of relevant qualifications / academic transcripts


Only applicants with working rights in Australia are eligible to apply for this role.


Closing Date

This role will remain open until filled. As we will be reviewing applications as they are received, we encourage you to submit yours as soon as possible.


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