Education Officer - Bioinformatics

Job No: GC201966
Location: Darlinghurst, NSW


Established by the Garvan Institute in 2012 the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics (KCCG) advances the use of genomic information in patient care. KCCG acts as a mechanism to translate genomic research information into patient care. To do this KCCG employs experts in genomics including researchers, bioinformaticians, clinicians, educators and software engineers. We use world-leading omics based technology to enhance diagnosis and treatment for patients. KCCG is integrated with numerous state and nationwide flagship genomic research projects, and partners with many national and international collaborative organisations and funding bodies. 

The Education and Engagement team develops, delivers and evaluates educational interventions and resources for researchers, health professionals and diverse communities that are aligned with Garvan and KCCG genomics research.

The Opportunity

The Education Project Officer (Bioinformatics) will work with both the education and translation genome informatics teams to establish and maintain a program to support bioinformatics education for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. This program is part of an Institute-wide strategy to ensure students graduates with a robust set of skills in computational analysis. It also aligns with state and national strategic plans and policy frameworks to develop an engaged and literate genomics workforce. There is scope within this position to be involved in educational research relating to impact of bioinformatics education and to collaborate locally and nationally. Candidates with an interest in a half-time role with the translational genomics team carrying out analysis projects are encouraged to apply.

Key Accountabilities of the role will include: 

  • Identifying, developing, packaging and delivering programing and bioinformatics-related content for PhD student and postdoctoral research education;
  • Supporting informal bioinformatics education and peer development for bioinformaticians, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers;
  • Developing and managing effective relationships with key stakeholders in bioinformatics education, both externally and internally;
  • Consulting with stakeholders and members of key audiences to plan, deliver and evaluate bioinformatics education activities and programs;
  • Contributing to efforts that map gaps and opportunities in bioinformatics education in Australia;
  • Staying abreast of advances in genomics and next generation sequencing technology in general, maintaining knowledge about clinical genomic testing and personalised medicine;
  • Occasionally representing KCCG at events, or talks with external stakeholders

About you: 

You will have the following key skills and experience:

  • Formal tertiary qualification and/or experience in science or a health-related discipline
  • Highly developed skills in bioinformatics and genomics
  • Strong expertise in working with next-generation sequencing data
  • Strong programming skills in R and/or Python
  • Ability to develop, manage and maintain internal and external relationships
  • Experience delivering and/or project managing bioinformatics education for researchers and/or students
  • Highly developed skills in facilitation and instruction
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Skills and experience in educational research, implementation and evaluation
  • Software engineering skills: source control management, unit & regression testing, continuous integration


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.

 Please include the following in your application:

  • 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.

This position will be offered on a part time basis for one year.



Closing Date:

The position will remain open until filled.


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