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Job no: 0044581
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (Public Health Laboratory)
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Salary: $88,171 - $95,444 p.a. plus 9.5% superannuation

The Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL) provides a microbiological investigation, detection, enumeration, reference characterisation, challenge testing and advisory service for the public health community. This is supported by strong molecular biology, a substantial culture collection, and, expertise in infectious disease epidemiology and infection control. We are committed to providing an efficient, effective, legally robust and timely public health laboratory service in the biological, medical and veterinary fields, including forensic operations. These activities incorporate the principles of ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 15189, and ISO 14001 in a Quarantine Approved Premises fulfilling the requirements of The National Health Security Act.

The MDU’s Bioinformatics Team is composed of a group of people from various backgrounds (biology, computer science, medical doctors) with an interest in clinical microbiology, and computational biology. Our role is to support MDUs transition to a genomics data workflow through development of software tools and pipelines that are long-term maintainable, scalable, testable, and verifiable for accreditation purposes. The tools will form the basis of MDUs rapid respond to public health through analysis of genomic data programme. As part of our responsibilities, we administer a small Linux cluster for all our internal analyses. This section also provides support to MDU in archiving, processing, and quality controlling all DNA sequence data produced by MDU.

The Software Developer, reporting directly to the MDU Director, will assist in developing maintainable, and scalable, tools for quality control and analysis of genomic data for public health microbiology. Code will be primarily written in Python3 following PEP8 guidelines, using Git and TravisCI for code version control and continuous integration. Tools will be written in a test-driven development (TDD) environment, with tool validation for NATA accreditation, reporting, and traceability, build in. Where convenient and suitable, code will be refactored based on code developed by others in order to meed quality, style, and NATA requirements. Tools will be modules in a larger platform for delivering actionable information to public health officials. Data quality and data security are paramount. This position will also assist with network and server administration tasks.

Close date: 4 Jan 2018

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