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Research Associate

Curtin University - Perth, WA

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Reference: 688059

  • $71,230-$89,638 plus 17% superannuation
  • 1 year, fixed term contract - full time (with possible extension)
  • Work within the Sharma Lab at Curtin University & Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

About us

The Sharma Lab at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Curtin Medical School focuses on the triquetra of early development, regeneration, and cancer. We are interested in understanding the developmental origin of cancer by uncovering the similarities between embryogenesis and tumor development. In close association with our clinical collaborators, we study how tumors co-evolve with their microenvironment, especially in the context of tumor initiation and drug-resistance. To address these questions, we combine single-cell genomics, spatial transcriptomics, and machine learning approaches. We are expanding our collaborations to integrate experimental, computational, and clinical knowledge to exhume the ‘seeds’ of cancer development.

More details about the research in Sharma lab and publications can be found at


In this role you will…

We are seeking an outstanding candidate who is interested in applying computational/machine learning approaches to solve cutting-edge problems in tumor evolution and ecosystem. The Research Associate is expected to work closely with experimental collaborators in lab to analyse single cell RNA-seq, sc-ATAC-seq, and Spatial transcriptomic data as well as develop new computational methods to integrate these datasets.

We are looking for a highly motivated and academic career-oriented applicants with expertise in computational biology, cancer genomics and machine learning. A prior experience in single cell genomics, spatial transcriptomics and systems immunology is desired but not required. The Research Associate is expected to be interested in learning the cancer biology and communicate with collaborators. You will have the opportunity to engage in the interdisciplinary activities at the Curtin Medical School, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Fiona Stanley Hospital and collaborators across Australia, Asia and Europe.

We are looking for someone with…

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science/Statistics/Biology
  • Demonstrated relevant subject/discipline knowledge and knowledge and experience in relevant research techniques.
  • Demonstrated competency in a range of qualitative and quantitative research tasks.
  • Emerging research track record/potential to conduct quality research and contribute productively to research teams under supervision.
  • Demonstrated high level organisational skills.
  • Demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills with a commitment to the development of a collegial and supportive working environment and the ability to interact with students and staff with cross cultural sensitivity.
  • Expertise in coding (Python/R/MetLab) and software development are encouraged to apply.

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have received recognition in this area:

  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2020).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).

Next steps

Please apply on-line with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role. If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process please advise in your cover letter.

To view a copy of the role’s Position Description, please copy and paste the following link into your browser:


Applications close: 9PM, Tuesday 16th March 2021

Contact details

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on curtincareers@curtin.edu.au or call Lisa Kirkpatrick on 08 92664292.

If you would like to speak to a technical specialist please contact Ankur Sharma on Ankur.Sharma@curtin.edu.au


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.