Research Officer in Complex Trait Genomics

University of Queensland



Institute for Molecular Bioscience / Queensland Brain Institute

Program in Complex Trait Genomics

The Program in Complex Trait Genomics (website: is a joint initiative between the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). Physically located in IMB, the broad research focus is towards a better understanding of complex traits and disorders, including psychiatric and neurological disorders. A key research strength is the development of underpinning computational and statistical analysis methods. The Program is led by an Executive comprising Prof Peter Visscher, Prof Naomi Wray and Prof Jian Yang who were awarded a five-year Program Grant by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, commencing in 2017. In addition, Peter Visscher was awarded a five-year Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship in 2018 to enhance capacity in human complex trait genetics and genomics.

Visscher, Wray and Yang and their colleagues are internationally recognised for pioneering the use of multi-marker statistical methods in human genetics and for innovative methods in the analysis of genetic and genomic data of complex traits. Their research is regularly published in top journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Genetics, Nature Communications, Genome Research, American Journal of Human Genetics, PLoS Genetics and Molecular Psychiatry.

Research in the Program covers four major themes: Statistical Genomics, Systems Genomics, Psychiatric Genomics and Motor Neuron Disease Genomics. The Program consists of over 20 postdoctoral research staff as well as PhD students, research assistants and visiting academics. Current research involves; the development of novel statistical genetics methodology and software; analysis of genotype, expression and methylation array data alongside DNA and RNA sequencing data; application of statistical genetic methods to infer the genetic control of traits and diseases.

The role

The appointee will be required to work with lead researchers on existing projects:

  1. Multivariate whole genome estimation and prediction analysis of genomics data applied to psychiatric disorders.
  2. Develop methodology to estimate genetic parameters in quantitative and disease traits from whole-genome sequence data.
  3. Develop methods for the analyses of ‘omics data.
  4. Analysis of genomics data of motor neuron disease (e.g. SNP, blood DNA methylation, exome sequence) from Australian and Chinese cohorts.
  5. Analysis of data from the Australian Genetics of Depression study.

Further information is available in the position description below. 

The person

The successful candidate(s) will have a PhD in statistical genetics, quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, computer programming, statistics or other relevant areas.  In addition, computing skills, including scripting language and programming are required.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years (with the possibility of extension until end of 2021) at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $67,542 - $90,982 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $79,024 - $106,448 p.a.).

Employees can take advantage of UQ’s Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, and many other benefits.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Here at UQ we value diversity and inclusion, and we actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information and points of contact if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

Position Description

Download File 507310_Research Officer_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Rebecca Richter on 

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

For information on completing the application process click here.

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