Postdoc at Reef Future Genomics Consortium

The Reef Future Genomics Consortium (ReFuGe) is an initiative of the
Great Barrier Reef Foundation that endeavours to leverage biomolecular
techniques to improve the management and resilience of coral reef

The Sea-quence project is an undertaking of the ReFuGe Consortium and is
aimed at generating reference genomic and transcriptomic sequences for
ten coral species, their associated microbial communities, and three
strains of endosymbiotic algae (dinoflagellates). Three “Great Barrier
Reef Foundation Fellowships”, including this position, are being created
at the Australian National University and the University of Queensland,
to collaborate in the analysis and interpretation of these data. This
position will take the lead role with respect to genome-scale analysis
of the ten coral genomes and is expected to collaborate closely with the
two other groups working on the microbial and dinoglagellate sequences.

This is a fixed term appointment for 3 years. Applicants should possess
a PhD in molecular biology, microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics or a
related discipline, with significant data-management, computational and
statistical components. They should have at least three years’ full-time
experience (during the PhD or otherwise), or its equivalent, in a
relevant area of molecular biology, microbiology, genomics,
bioinformatics or a related field. Experience in scientific programming
and scripting is essential. A demonstrated high-level ability to write
scientific papers in clear, grammatically correct English is also

Role Statement
Under broad direction the Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow will:

1. Coordinate with the sequence provider regarding the data being
supplied e.g. biological source, DNA extraction and library preparation
methods, sequencing platform and protocols and initial quality control.
2. Establish and carry out computational and bioinformatic procedures
including assembly, structural annotation (e.g. repetitive elements) and
functional annotation (e.g. genes, gene families, small and non-coding
RNAs, pathways) for the coral genomic data.
3. Conduct phylogenomic analysis of the coral genomic data, including a
search for gene family expansions
4. Conduct tests for adaptive selection and codon bias based on the
coral data.
5. Collaborate with senior staff within the Sea-quence project to assist
in preparing research proposals and publications.
6. Assist with supervision of research students whist maintaining high
academic standards in all education, research and administration
7. Actively contribute to all aspects of the operation of the ReFuGe
8. Comply with all ANU policies and procedures, and in particular those
relating to work health and safety and equal opportunity.
9. Undertake other duties as required consistent with the classification
level of the position.

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment
opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on  ANU values diversity and inclusion and
believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic
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For further information please contact Dr Sylvain Foret, Phone: 02 6125
0563, Email:

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