Jobs in Computational Biology

***POSTED 12/6/17***

Bioinformatician position available at Michigan State University

Several faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University are looking to collectively hire a highly motivated bioinformatician/computational scientist with a biology background for a full-time position. Typical research projects will use RNA-sequencing, RAD-sequencing, whole genome sequencing and assembly, and targeted capture sequencing to address questions in ecology, evolution, comparative genomics, and developmental biology. We are looking for an enthusiastic and organized individual to join our team, who is skilled at working for multiple people and on different projects. The position will be based in East Lansing, MI on the MSU campus and comes with a competitive benefits package.

Primary duties will include:
1.     Curating sequence data (10%)
2.     Analyzing sequence data (65%)
3.     Producing tables and figures and writing data analysis methods and results (10%)
4.     Mentoring students on bioinformatics methods (10%)
5.     Reading scientific literature to stay up to date on newest analysis methods (5%)

Required Qualifications:
The job requires knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree in bioinformatics or related field and up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive bioinformatics experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate should be well-versed in unix/linux, as well as at least one other programming language (e.g. R, python, perl). Applicants should have extensive experience analyzing large ‘–omic’ datasets.

Desired Qualifications:
A Master’s or PhD degree in bioinformatics or related field. Experience in at least some of the following key areas:
1.   Analyzing complex RNA-seq experimental data sets for differential gene expression
2.   Analyzing RAD-seq datasets—aligning to reference and creating de novo assemblies, SNP discovery, genotyping, etc.
3.   Genome assembly and annotation
4.   Genome comparisons
5.   Phylogenomics
6.   Epigenomics

Required applicant materials:
1) Brief cover letter describing research and data analysis experience and career goals
2) CV
3) Names and email addresses for 3 references

How to apply
Interested candidates should apply through the MSU Applicant Page at (job ID 480028). If you have questions, email Dr. Mariah Meek (, with “Bioinformatics position” in the subject line. DO NOT EMAIL APPLICATION MATERIAL TO DR. MEEK.

Review of application material will begin on January 8, 2018. Position is open until filled.

Dr. Ingo Braasch
Assistant Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
College of Natural Science
Michigan State University

Giltner Hall 363 (office) 344 (lab)
293 Farm Lane, East Lansing MI 48824, USA
Shipping address: Natural Science 203
288 Farm Lane, East Lansing MI 48824, USA  phone: +1 (517) 432-3484

***POSTED 12/1/17***

Research Associate, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, The George Washington University

Posting can be found here:

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (BMM) strives to deliver the highest quality of professional education and training, and conduct cutting edge research in the areas of biochemistry, molecular genetics and genomics with a goal to better understand human disease. Additionally, the department continues to have a long and successful record in training undergraduate, master and graduate students at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Our Research Programs span from cancer biology, hepatobiology, autism, vascular biology, and computational genomics. Unlocking the mysteries of biologic processes at the molecular and genomic level is the common thread connecting all research programs. The overall research in the department continues to connect modern biochemistry and genomic discoveries to translational medicine, leading to a unique multidisciplinary research program in biochemistry and molecular medicine. Find out more here:

Duties include:
- Run bioinformatic analyses n the High-
performance Integrated Virtual
Environment (HIVE)
- Manage software tools
- Assist bioinformatics project manager with
tasks and projects
- Create technical documentation for HIVE
- Assist with grants/contracts proposal
- Help conduct experiments in HIVE
-Provide bioinformatic analysis assistance to other researchers in the group
-Create databases and webpages to disseminate data and information, as needed
-Maintenance of databases
-This position performs other duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

-MS degree in Bioinformatics or related field with experience in next-gen analysis
-Ability to run next-gen pipelines
-Experience in scientific writing
-Knowledge and experience in laboratory equipment, preferred
-Ability to take ownership of a task and work independently.

***POSTED 12/1/17***

Head, Species Conservation Action - Global Species Programme, IUCN

The Species Conservation Action Programme brings together an expanding group of large projects (annual budget currently c. 7 million Euros) that provide grants (mostly to IUCN Members) to catalyze action (with measurable impact) for species and habitats conservation on the ground all around the globe. These currently include SOS (Save Our Species), and the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) amongst others.

Under the overall supervision of the Director, Global Species Programme, the incumbent will seek to source additional and new sources of funding to further build the portfolio as well as direct and provide oversight management for the disbursement of funds of the Species Action Programme. The work undertaken will be underpinned by species conservation action plans and sound monitoring and evaluation, linking to relevant policy mechanisms. The position is responsible for managing and motivating a staff team of five colleagues plus two in the IUCN Regions. S/he will also help shape long-term strategic input to ensure that the various re-granting mechanisms work in harmony with the GSP, BCG other global and regional Programmes.

More specifically the responsibilities are as follows:

In accordance with the IUCN Programme 2017-2020, seek to extend large scale funding from existing donors and raise additional large scale resources from new donors to support conservation action ‘on the ground’ for all species groups from all realms as well as habitats.

Take overall responsibility for maintaining high quality relationships with donors ensuring that donor expectations and requirements, including all aspects of reporting and communications, are fully met.

In this way, further build a wide project portfolio to support IUCN’s work on actions to improve the status of species and habitats (including key biodiversity areas) ‘on the ground’.

Build, manage and motivate the staff team responsible for the management, disbursement and monitoring of funds working to ensure a cohesive and collegial approach both in relation to the species conservation action work and in relation to the GSP as a whole.

Responsibility of marketing and communications for the SCAP, ensuring strategic messaging alignment with others from the GSP and BCG according to an agreed strategy.

Working with communications colleagues in the GSP and Global Communications, promote and implement outreach activity to publicize the work carried out through all relevant media

Oversee, in close collaboration and partnership with the IUCN Regions, the development off staff (teams) to both raise resources and carry out SCAP operations.

Establish a sound monitoring and evaluation framework for the species action work both from the perspective of conservation impact and programmatic implementation.

Finalize, working with relevant stakeholders (especially the SOS Coordinator), the Operational manual for IUCN’s species conservation action re-granting work to ensure that this becomes the ‘industry standard’ for IUCN’s work in this sphere.

Working with the Species Survival Commission, notably with the Conservation Planning Specialist Group, support the development and implementation of species and habitat action plans /strategic plans, and build capacity within the Members and SSC Specialist Groups to carry them out.

Working with the Species Survival Commission to ensure technical excellence in the development and provision of technical support to the design and implementation of various funding streams

Build capacity within the Programme on species strategic planning / action planning – by linking re-granting efforts to the development and implementation of robust species and habitat action plans

Work to align the operations of the Programme with other conservation re-granting mechanisms in other Programmes and Regions of IUCN where possible and feasible.

In developing and implementing the work of the SCAP make operational links to the IUCN work on the implementation of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the newly adopted Key Biodiversity Area standard, the Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas and the emerging Green List of Species.

Ensure that links are made to relevant policy mechanisms such as the SDGs and Aichi Targets in both the development and implementation of the portfolio and ensure that such links are leveraged, explained and supported in all species conservation action operations.

Ensure that the operations of the Programme work in support of IUCN policy positions (e.g. in support of the implementation of the Aichi target and SDGs).

Carry delegated authority as the representative of the Director, Global Species Programme and / or Director General in engagement with international, regional and national conferences and meetings (especially where these involve species conservation action).

Deputize for the Director, Global Species Programme as needed in her absence.

Represent the Union at a high-level in professional discussions and negotiations relating to species conservation action issues.

Oversee the management of the finances (including budgeting, overseeing production of accounts, audits) of the SCAP in association with GPOU.

***POSTED 11/15/17***

Population Geneticist - Ancestry Research
Mountain View, CA, United States

We are seeking colleagues with extensive training and experience in statistical and population genetics to join our highly productive, world-class Ancestry Research & Development team. Our team develops novel algorithms to interpret the ancestry data of individual 23andMe customers and works to publish novel findings regarding human genetics and population history. We are seeking team members who are excited to develop cutting edge features that will reach millions of people.

Successful candidates will work within and across teams to support our research efforts. The job requires strong computational skills, a deep understanding of human genetics, and excellent writing abilities.

Candidates for senior positions should also have multiple years of experience leadership and of executing independently developed ideas.

Full details:

Requirements: Ph.D. in Population Genetics, Statistical Genetics or a related field (e.g., Genetics, Computer Science, Statistics, Bioinformatics, Physics, Mathematics). Evolutionary or population genetics research experience; focus on human population genetics is a plus. Experience in algorithm development or machine learning approaches. Hands-on experience working with very large data sets in Python or R; experience with C/C++ is a plus. At ease in a Linux environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Enthusiasm for working in a highly collaborative environment.

23andMe, Inc. is the leading personal genetics company. Our mission is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome.

23andMe has over 2 million customers worldwide with ~85 percent consented to participate in research. 23andMe is located in Mountain View, CA. More information is available at

At 23andMe we value a diverse, inclusive work force and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual's race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. 23andMe will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Adam Auton <>


***POSTED 7/12/17***

Freie Universität Berlin

ZE Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin

Researcher/Software Developer GGBN 2020

The Research Group Biodiversity Informatics ( at the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin has an opening for a Researcher/Software Developer - German federal salary level EG 13 TV‐L FU, 100% (Scientist/Senior Scientist).

1 September 2017 limited until 31 December 2018, project-linked funds

Job description

Evaluation and revision of the GGBN software architecture (

Evaluation and development of automated and semi-automated updating of the GGBN-Index (SOLR). Evaluation and development of data quality functions. Development of web-service interfaces between technical components of the GGBN platform.

The BGBM's “Research and Development Group Biodiversity Informatics and Scientific Information Systems” is a leading institution for biodiversity informatics research with numerous national and international projects (BMBF, DFG, BMU, EU). The interdisciplinary team consists of computer scientists, biologists, bioinformaticians, and engineers. Important research topics include information modelling and standardisation of Meta data, networking of primary biodiversity data, and taxonomic computing.


The candidate must have a university degree (Master/Diploma) in computer science, bioinformatics, or a similar scientific discipline.
 Very good knowledge of indexing technologies (e.g. SOLR, Lucene).
 Good knowledge of object‐oriented information modelling.
 Very good knowledge of Java and PHP.
 Experience with relevant frameworks such as Spring, Hibernate, Maven, and Yii.
 Very good English communication skills.
 A familiarity with the relevant scientific biodiversity informatics data standards as well as
experience with collaborating in a transnational development project is also advantageous.

Applications accompanied by cover letter, tabular CV, and proof of degree should be submitted by 7.8.2017 electronically by email (Ref. GGBN‐2020) to or in paper form by mail to

Freie Universität Berlin, Zentraleinrichtung Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum
Berlin‐Dahlem, ‐ AV ‐, Ref. GGBN‐2020, Königin‐Luise‐Str. 6‐8, 14195 Berlin, Germany

The FUB adheres to the German disability guidelines and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women are especially encouraged.

***POSTED 6/20/17***

Position type: Postdoctoral Position at the NIH
Position Title: Cancer Genomics

A Postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Daphne W. Bell, within the Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute, at NIH.

Position description: We are seeking a highly-motivated Postdoctoral candidate committed to research in cancer genomics. The overarching goal of the Bell lab is to identify pathogenic driver genes that underlie the development of the most clinically aggressive forms of human endometrial cancer. Our research entails next generation sequencing of clinical samples at the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center, in silico mining of large publically available genomic datasets, and functional annotation of mutations in candidate driver genes. The successful applicant will use bioinformatics approaches to analyze in-house and publically available next-generation sequence data to identify candidate cancer genes, with the possibility of utilizing molecular, biochemical, and cellular approaches to functionally discriminate driver mutations from passenger mutations in selected genes-of-interest. Access to extensive core facilities including cores in bioinformatics, microarrays, copy number analysis, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, and a transgenic mouse core, offers the trainee wide latitude in the design and pursuit of their research questions. Extensive career development opportunities are available through the NHGRI Intramural Training Office and the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education. The Intramural Research Program is on the Bethesda campus and offers a wide array of training opportunities for scientists early in their careers. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

Qualifications: Successful candidates should have or be very close to obtaining a PhD, and have less than two years of Postdoctoral experience. Applicants should have a strong background in cancer research, as well as expertise in computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, or a related field. Experience in molecular/cellular biology and biochemistry are highly desirable.  A demonstrated record of scientific accomplishment evidenced by at least one first-author paper, a strong work ethic, and strong intellectual commitments to cancer research and to the individual research project, are essential. The successful candidate should possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and stellar communication skills with fluency in both spoken and written English.

Employer Name: National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH.

Position Location: Bethesda MD.

To apply: Suitably qualified candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, cover letter, and names and contact information for three referees to Dr. Daphne W. Bell at

Salary will be commensurate with research experience. 


***POSTED 6/12/17***

Bioinformatician Position 

National Institutes of Health

We seek a bioinformatician with a strong record of collaborative interactions with biologists. The successful candidate must have an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, or a related field and no more than five years of postdoctoral experience. The position requires the applicant to possess a solid set of programming skills (e.g. Python, R) and a desire to work with large data sets generated by a wide range of next generation sequencing techniques as well as mass spectrometry and high throughput screening. Statistical training is highly desirable. The successful applicant will be integrated into the Laboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology (NIDDK), a small six-laboratory group with wide interests in applying computational techniques to answer questions in cell and developmental biology. Interested individuals should send a cover letter including relevant experience, curriculum vitae with list of publications, and the names and contact information of three references via e-mail to Dr. Elissa Lei ( at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and selected candidates will be contacted for a personal interview.

DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers