Data Analyst

Job Details
Closing Date: 2019-03-27
Institution: Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR)
Keyword Names: Bioinformatics / Data Analysis, Academic/Research
Line 1: WIMR
City: Westmead
Country: Australia

Job Description

Data Analyst

The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR), Westmead, Sydney, Australia

The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) is one of the largest medical research institutes in Australia. Our Institute conducts multi-disciplinary research spanning from infection and immunity; cancer; liver and metabolic; neuroscience and vision and cardio-respiratory research. Combining these research themes, our vision is to tackle the most important health issues by progressing our scientific discoveries into cures and preventions that improve global health. WIMR is proudly affiliated with The University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital.

Job Description

Reporting to the Scientific Platforms Manager, the Data Analyst position will assist with the computational analysis of basic and complex data sets high-end 'Omics, flow cytometry, imaging and experimental data. 

Major Responsibilities: 

  • Collaborate with advanced specialists, bioinformaticians and researchers to develop and implement data QC and analysis protocols 
  • Establish a repository for data analysis protocols 
  • Assist with data management and storage workslfows
  • Develop and maintain manuals and associated documentation including Standard Operations Procedures
  • Assist and train medical researchers to analyse basic and complex data using established and novel computational biology methods and tools
  • Provide guidance and input into experimental design and data analysis requirements for grant proposals
  • Create, run, troubleshoot and deploy scripts to answer research questions
  • Introduce developed methods of data visualisation for presentations and publications

Desired Skills and Experience


  • Tertiary qualifications of at least a Bachelor’s Degree in computing, bioinformatics or an equivalent recognised qualification and experience in data analysis
  • Master or PhD qualifications are highly desirable
  • A minimum of two years in the analysis and interpretation of complex, quantitative biological data


  • Strong analytical, programming skills in R, Python, Matlab
  • Experience implementing quality assurance processes to ensure data quality
  • Able to independently solve problems and manage competing work priorities
  • Able to communicate effectively with a variety of technical and non-technical audiences
  • Prior experience working in high-performance computing environments (academic or cloud-based) is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated experience developing and deploying open-source software and reproducible data analyses will be highly regarded


  • High enthusiasm and scientific curiosity coupled with a desire to keep up-to-date with novel digital technologies, data analysis methods and tools 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a high level of written and verbal English with the ability to communicate with scientific, operational and administrative staff
  • Self-motivated drive seeking advancement with the capacity to work independently with minimal direction and collaboratively as part of a team