Berkeley Lab's Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is looking for the Bioinformatics Data Scientist with a strong background in bioinformatics, genomics, data analysis, and software development, to join the outstanding team working on the frontier of genomic analysis.
The successful candidate will be performing a thorough analysis of DNA sequence data from various sequencing instruments (PacBio, Illumina, Oxford Nanopore), starting with quality analysis of the raw data to the validation of final assemblies; under broad supervision, developing software, algorithms and automated processes (pipelines) to filter, integrate and evaluate large genomic datasets from multiple sources including genome assembly; provide high-quality data to collaborators; make clear and concise professional reports and presentations.
The JGI is comprised of highly-skilled and diverse talent founded on a culture of scientific excellence, trust, curiosity, passion, and collaboration that drives our desire to advance scientific frontiers and make bold new discoveries with our users.
The Successful candidate will:
Learn, use, develop, and improve new tools to analyze raw sequencer data. Analyze the impact of the process, hardware, or software changes on production line performance. Work closely with scientists and production staff to improve production line quality. Troubleshoot complex systems and data analysis. Provide feedback on the improvement of library construction and sequencing procedures.
Use, design, and build new tools to analyze assembled sequences of various research projects. Quantitatively evaluate assembly results and use to improve genome assembly methods and performance.
Provide technical input to implement new sequence analysis pipelines.
Produce high-quality documentation for newly developed software and approaches.
Contribute to scientific and technical publications.
What is Required:
Applicants must have an M.S. (or higher degree), in bioinformatics, computational biology, human genetics or related field, and a sound understanding of both biology and data science; or B.S. in physics, statistics, computer science and at least 5 years of experience in bioinformatics; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proficiency in Python, R, C/C++, Java, or others in a Unix environment.
Experience with distributed computing.
Expertise with high-volume DNA sequencing.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with standard bioinformatics methods and tools. (sequencing databases, assemblers, aligners)
Strong organizational and record-keeping skills.
Effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work independently and as a team member in a diverse team environment.
Ability to handle multiple tasks in parallel while working on a large number of projects.
Ability to follow laboratory safety guidelines.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience with database structure and management.
Experience with Jupiter Notebooks.
Experience applying machine learning, pattern recognition, or modeling to scientific problems.
Experience in a multi-disciplinary scientific or production environment.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a 2-year term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs; and skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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They say it's all about location and Berkeley Lab has it all: a view above the San Francisco Bay, cool breezes, and world-class multidisciplinary science within a diverse and respectful research ecosystem of 5,000 people. Nearly 90 years ago, Ernest Orlando Lawrence, the inventor of the cyclotron, brought physicists, biologists, engineers, and mathematicians together in Berkeley above the University of California campus to tackle the most urgent scientific challenges. Today, after garnering 13 Nobel Prizes, Berkeley Lab has sustained and grown that tradition of open, interdisciplinary team science, exemplified by how the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) addresses the most pressing energy and environmental challenges using integrative genome science approaches. JGI takes up residence in the new, state-of-the-art Integrative Genomics Building (IGB) along with the U.S. Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) to expand the frontiers of energy and environmental science in partnership with the worldwide community of researchers. Will you join us and be a critical part of our next groundbreaking discoveries?
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