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PhD position in phylogenomic inference

28 Sep 2020

A PhD position is available in the our lab at the Research School of Computer Science, Australian National University (ANU). We are looking for a highly motivated student, who will work on the next generation of models and methods for phylogenetic analysis in the genomic era. There are a large number of potential directions that the research could take, and the details will depend on your interests and experience. Potential directions include: developing efficient algorithms for tree search; new approaches to phylogenetic model selection; co-estimating multiple trees. The student will implement new models and methods in the widely used IQ-TREE software.

The ANU campus is situated in the heart of Australia’s capital city, Canberra, which is ranked as the third best city in the world according to Lonely Planet (2018) and is Australia’s most liveable city (Life in Australia Report 2019). The ANU has an international reputation for research excellence and is ranked among the best universities in the world (QS World University Ranking 2019).

Candidates: ANU scholarships are highly competitive, and cover all fees and a ~$27K stipend. In order to be put forward, you will need excellent undergraduate marks, a high-distiction honours or Masters by research (or be expecting to gain one by the end of 2020) or equivalent research experience, excellent oral and written English skills.

To apply, please send to m.bui (at) detailed CV, full academic transcripts, an English test certificate if English was not the language of your study, and a brief description of your research interests and how they intersect with this project.

C++ software developer for IQ-TREE

16 Dec 2019


Closing date: 15 January 2020

Opportunity: Remote working possible, full-time or part-time.

A software developer position is available for the development of the IQ-TREE software. The position is funded by the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative for one year at the Australian National University, either at professional staff or academic salary level B, AU$ 99K – 106K (depending on experience) plus 17% superannuation. The position is available from February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The software developer will report directly to Dr. Minh Bui and Dr. Rob Lanfear. Our groups are broadly working on models and methods for phylogenetic inference. The software developer will be part of the IQ-TREE development team and actively involved in IQ-TREE workshops and hackathons. The tasks of the software developer include:

  • Advanced programming and software development in C++.
  • Work with a small development team to:
    • Implement an open standard and API for phylogenetic models.
    • Improve the speed and scalability of IQ-TREE for ultra-large genomic data.
  • Organise an IQ-TREE hackathon.
  • Contribute to the IQ-TREE documentation.
  • Support users and fix bugs.

The software developer should have: a Bachelor or Masters degree in computer science or a related area; demonstrated skills in C++ programming and high performance computing; demonstrated ability to write efficient code and rigorous tests; the ability to work both independently and as part of a small team; enthusiasm for open-source software and community building.

Please send your expression of interests to m.bui (at) until 15 January 2020, which include a CV with contact details of two referees and a letter of motivation (up to 2 pages).

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