Data and Research Computing Specialist

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Computer Science


The work of this role is directly related to the achievement of the above Global Goals.

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Together with the University of Adelaide’s ITDS and Research Computing teams, the South Australian immunoGENomics Cancer Institute (SAiGENCI) is inviting applications to apply for the Data and Research Computing Specialist position.   This position will report to the Director, Research Infrastructure and Platforms in the Division of Research and Innovation at The University of Adelaide with an aligned responsibility to the Head, Data Sciences Unit, at The South Australian ImmunoGenomics Cancer Institute (SAiGENCI).

SAiGENCI is located in the AHMS building in Adelaide’s biomedical precinct on North Terrace and undertakes world class cancer research in cancer biology, computational biology, epigenetics, and immuno-oncology.  Advances in data generation and computational analysis as well as the reduction in costs of sequencing and the advancement of spatial maps, has led to the increased requirement for specialist data handling and management of big data. Such large and complex data sets require storage, access, processing and analytical management.

The Data and Research Computing Specialist will play a key role in supporting scientists across SAiGENCI, in particular the Computational Systems Oncology team.  The role will be based in the Data Science Unit and will provide support, training and advice that will enable the proficient use of the high-performance computing resources and data storage options available to us. Candidates who have exceptional ability to overcome challenges in compute, networking, and storage design for large-scale, high-performance workloads are  strongly encouraged to apply. Most importantly, this role will be responsible and accountable for the effective communication of these computational requirements and needs to the University of Adelaide’s ITDS and Research Computing teams.

Applicants should have a postgraduate degree (preferably in information management, information technology, computing or data-intensive research discipline) or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training (in data management or imaging processing).

To be successful you will need:

  • Strong technical knowledge and demonstrated expertise in the configuration and management of research computing infrastructure (e.g. HPC systems and virtual environments, including, GCP, AWS)
  • Knowledge and understanding of research computing software, and devops software (e.g. git), including containerization tools and analytical workflow pipelines such as singularity, docker, nextflow, CWL
  • Experience in designing solutions that provides a secure platform for processing large sensitive data sets on shared HPC systems, including the storage and management of access/edit permissions to files as well as a way easily to retrieve data based on meta-data.
  • Understanding of the research computing needs of researchers in medical research including bioinformatics, genomics, biostatistics
  • Demonstrated highly developed written and oral communication skills, including the ability to liaise and teach effectively with a wide and diverse range of people and have good report writing skills.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs – including significant industry, government and community collaborations – offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work’s cutting-edge nature – not just in your own area, but across virtually the the full spectrum of human endeavour – provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your division’s broader role

The Division of Research and Innovation provides leadership in achieving the University’s strategic goals, particularly in relation to research education strategy, services, infrastructure and supporting the development of world-class research, both nationally and internationally. Supporting an ethos of excellence, innovation, engagement and impact, the Division is responsible for achieving the research objectives set out in the University Strategic Plan.

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If you have the talent, we’ll give you the opportunity. Together, let’s make history.

Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Belinda Cornes
Head of Data Science, South Australian ImmunoGenomics Cancer Institute (SAiGENCI)
P: +61 (8) 8313 3005

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. 

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