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Research Officer

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Work type: Continuing (Contingent Funded)
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Professional

Classification: ANU Officer 5/6

Classification: ANU Officer 5/6 (Research)

Salary package: $73,316 - $86,140 per annum Plus 17% Superannuation

Term: Continuing (Contingent Funding) Initial Term 12 Months

The ANU College of Science (COS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.  Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and delivers a research-led education program that encompasses the entire breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities. The College has a strong tradition of research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.

The purpose of this position is to develop and test new phylogenetic methods, by coding new methods into accessible software packages, particularly within the BEAST2 package

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated research assistant who can work both independently and as part of a collaborative team. Our ideal candidate would have relevant experience in coding bioinformatic and/or evolutionary analytical methods, ideally with specific experience with the BEAST2 package, plus demonstrated experience in coding in JAVA.

The successful Researcher will work in the Macroevolution and Macroecology Group at the Australian National University ( under the supervision of Professor Lindell Bromham ( and Dr Xia Hua to work on a project funded by the Australian Research Council (Evolving Rates: Foundations For The Next Generation Of Molecular Clocks)

This position is continuing contingent on external funding, the initial funding period is twelve (12) months with the possibility of extension. We are happy to consider flexible employment arrangements.

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For further information about the position, please contact Lindell Bromham, T: +61 2 6125 9545; 


Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A one page statement outlining your motivation in applying for the position and your suitability for the role, with reference to the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least two referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

Applications close 11:55pm Sunday 23 January 2022

It is anticipated that interviews for this position will take place in early February 2022.

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country. Applications from outside Australia will be accepted.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

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Updated:  01 February 2019/Responsible Officer:  Director Human Resources /Page Contact:  HR Systems