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Interested postdocs and students

The group is always looking for talented postdocs and PhD/honours students.  If you are interested please get in touch with Mike: minouye [at] baker [dot] edu [dot] au

  • PhD students: General information can be found here. A PhD at the University of Melbourne is typically 3-4 years and is research intensive, i.e. no teaching or courses are required. The usual stipend is ~$24,000 per annum, however there are various options for topups.
  • Postdocs: Postdoctoral opportunities are diverse and are generally either project-based (tied to the goals of a particular project grant) or fellowship-based (the postdoc secures their own funding and corresponding direction). Postdocs are usually between 1-5 years in length and are salaried at a highly competitive level compared to other places internationally. The University mandated starting salaries can be found here, postdocs are class A6-A8 and start at $82,000 per annum.

The group is primarily a 'dry' laboratory (i.e. computational, no reagents or chemicals). We draw on many fields, which in practice means each member brings a unique mixture of skills and all are encouraged to work together. We have flexible working hours and are quite goal-oriented; when/where research is done is less important than, say, developing a new method to solve a problem or uncovering a disease gene. Mike is committed to training independent multi-disciplinary researchers who want to use genomics/systems biology/bioinformatics/biostatistics to alleviate disease.

Information for moving to Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is the leading centre for higher education and research in Australia, located in Parkville on the edge of central Melbourne. The 2013 Times Higher Education university rankings placed Melbourne 28th in the world and 1st in Australia. Melbourne has 50,000 students, 4,800 graduate researchers, and 7,000 staff.

The city of Melbourne is a multicultural bayside metropolis of 4 million inhabitants in the state of Victoria that has placed among the world’s most livable cities in multiple surveys. It is the cultural capital of Australia and is well known for its literature, art galleries, theatres, live music, and standup comedy. Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate with warm to hot summers, mild and sometimes balmy springs and autumns, and cool winters.

Finding long-term accommodation in Melbourne, as in any big city, can be challenging. It's best to have something short-term set up when you arrive. Preferably, it will be somewhere you can stay for 2 weeks to 1 month to give you a chance to explore the neighborhoods and not feel pressured to take the first place available.

The diversity of Melbourne's neighborhoods is incredible, have a look at:
Besides hotels and hostels, short term options are:

Long term accommodation options are flats (apartments), houses and shared houses. There are a few main resources:

Whenever renting, especially in a new state/country, you should know your tenants rights. Good sites for this are:

Typical Victorian-style terraced housing in Melbourne

Mobile phone
Of course, it's an essential item. If you don't already have a phone that works here, then it should be one of, if not THE, first purchases when you arrive. Like accommodation, it's recommended that you split this into short-term (e.g. a pay-as-you-go plan) when you first arrive and long-term later (e.g. a contract with a particular service provider or as part of a bundle with other communications services like internet, once you've got a flat/house/etc).

The main mobile phone providers are Optus, Telstra and Virgin mobile. In addition to online purchases, they also have shops scattered around Melbourne with loads in the CBD. iinet is probably the most efficient and cheap place to get a mobile and internet service.

See here for a map of mobile phone shops in Melbourne's CBD.

Public transport
There are loads of public transport options in Melbourne including extensive train, tram and bus networks. Public Transport Victoria has a good website with timetables and maps. They all use the myki electronic card system. You should probably get a myki as soon as (if not before) you arrive in Melbourne because you can no longer purchase tickets while on the bus/train/tram. Myki's can be used in pay-as-you-go format or in a monthly/yearly format. They can be topped up online, at 7-Eleven shops, at myki machines (these are oddly sparse), and at some train/tram stations.

A Melbourne tram

Melbourne has well maintained roads and there are plenty of fantastic get away spots all over Victoria. The car options are varied with popular sharing schemes like flexicar and goget, the usual car hire companies, and of course the option to purchase one for yourself. For short term visits (a week or less), it may be best to either hire a car (or use public transport!). For the medium or even long term, car share companies can be quite useful; it just depends on how often one wants to explore wider Victoria. However, for the long term (i.e. you hope to be in Melbourne for many years), it is almost unavoidable to purchase a car... although using it for daily commutes can be grating!

Of course, there's always the issue of driving in a foreign country so here's the relevant information for Victoria. Victorian licensing and car insurance may not be a problem for short term stays but should be considered for the long term.

Bank account
It is highly recommended to become familiar with the financial system here in Australia. Not that it is much different from other Western countries, but of course prudent financial management is both an valuable personal and professional skill. Wikipedia has a useful entry on finance here in Australia.

The ground-level basics are: there are 3 common types of accounts which are useful for everyday transactions: Debit, Savings and Credit. Investment in stocks and bonds are less common than they are in, for example, the USA or UK. Since interest rates are relatively high, it is common for individuals to keep their savings in their Savings account. There is also a very high level of investment in property. There are 4 major banks and they have fairly dense coverage of the inner Melbourne suburbs in terms of ATM machines and walk-in banking space. The major banks are: