Mark Tearle


Mark Tearle is joining QCIF as a Senior Software Engineer to work on the Bioplatforms Australia Data Portal (BPA-DP).

Mark will join QCIF’s Software Development Solutions team on Monday, 27 July as a co-appointment with CQUniversity.

He will be based in Western Australia and will be responsible for technical management and enhancements of the BPA-DP.

QCIF has partnered with Bioplatforms Australia to manage the operation and maintenance of the BPA-DP and supporting systems.

The BPA-DP is a repository housing national life sciences research data sets. It includes raw sequence data, analysed data and associated metadata. It includes data sets from the collaborative national molecular platforms and informatics open data projects Bioplatforms Australia invests in. (See our previous story about the Bioplatforms Australia Data Portal.)

Mark will replace Grahame Bowland who was also based in WA at CQUniversity.

Grahame has joined the Perth-based Telethon Kids Institute after a handful of years working on the BPA-DP, which he helped build.

Mark relocated back to WA from the United Kingdom at the end of 2019.

In the UK, he worked for more than three years at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics as an Infrastructure Engineer. He undertook the development of the fibre infrastructure design for the transport of science and control data and signals associated with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope to be built and located across remote regions of Australia and South Africa.

Prior to that he worked at the University of Western Australia (UWA) from the 1990s in various IT roles in central divisions.

He has a Bachelor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences from UWA.

“I was attracted to working with QCIF as an opportunity to continue my career in the research and higher education sector; and to provide systems that support easy access to data sets for researchers,” said Mark.

Troy Lockett, QCIF’s Business Development and Communications Manager, said: “It’s great to have someone with the depth of experience in various technologies that Mark has for both development and operations management of the BPA-DP.”