BioCloud Training and Communications Officer

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jun 6, 2024

Job Description:

Job no: 0062772
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full-time; Continuing
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department: Australian BioCommons
UOM 6 – $96,459 - $104,413 p.a. plus 17% super

As required by clause 1.15.9 of the 2024 EA, after seven days of internal advertising, current casual or fixed-term employees of the University will be provided with prior opportunity to apply for and be considered for vacant continuing positions if they meet the following criteria:

In addition, redeployment candidates will be given a prior opportunity under the Recruitment and Appointment Policy together; this cohort is known as Priority Candidates.

  • Create new opportunities for training in the use of data analysis and digital platforms for life sciences, in research areas like threatened species research and paediatric cancer

  • Establish nation-wide collaborative relationships, coordinate training opportunities, and optimise communications for increased outreach.

  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role
The Training and Communications Officer role at Australian BioCommons is pivotal in coordinating and delivering a national bioinformatics training program, focusing on the BioCloud Division's initiatives. The successful candidate will cultivate strong relationships with stakeholders, develop training materials, and manage training events to support BioCloud services and projects. This position offers an opportunity to expand communication activities, optimise web presence, and enhance the reach of Australian BioCommons training and services.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Producing new training materials for bioinformatics platforms in collaboration with technical experts and other subject matter experts (including webinars, workshops and documentation and instructional videos)
  • Working with the BioCloud technical teamto produce technical documentation for BioCloud activities and services.
  • Proactively maintaining strong relationships with staff in the Australian BioCommons Hub and affiliated organisations, to keep actively abreast of stakeholder needs.

Who We Are Looking For
The successful candidate will possess a deep understanding of the life science research environment, with experience in computational methods. They should excel in communicating technical concepts effectively, both in writing and orally, and demonstrate strong interpersonal skills to collaborate with scientists and the broader research community. Additionally, they should be proactive, capable of identifying and capitalising on new training opportunities, and adept at managing competing priorities both independently and as part of a team.

You will also have:

  • Tertiary qualification in life sciences, computational biology or computer science.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and manage competing priorities.
  • Capacity to identify and capitalise on new opportunities to deliver training in collaboration with external providers and local communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with scientists and the broader research community and to understand their needs.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is a diverse faculty renowned for its research excellence, teaching, training, and policy leadership across the breadth of medical, biomedical and health science fields.
Led by the Dean, Professor Jane Gunn, the faculty is Australia’s overall leader in clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences, and sits at the heart of a flourishing ecosystem of globally recognised health and biomedical organisations across Victoria. Partnerships are key to our continued success in education, research and enhancing the health and wellbeing of our communities.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne
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We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Brett Verity via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Please note that in the event of sourcing a suitable candidate, the closing date for applications may be brought forward, and the job vacancy may be closed. Therefore, we encourage interested individuals to submit their applications promptly.