Open Position

Bioinformatics Specialist

Bioinformatics Specialist

There is an immediate opening for a Bioinformatics Specialist in the Bioinformatics Core Facility at the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology (LJI). This is primarily a service-oriented position that involves running and maintaining existing next-generation sequencing pipelines at the Institute. Pipelines have been created using open source tools for mapping and differential coverage analysis of various NGS datasets (RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, shRNA, etc.). The candidate’s main responsibilities will include running new datasets through these pipelines as they come off of our in-house Illumina (NovaSeq, HiSeq, and MiSeq) instruments, performing basic quality controls, debugging errors when necessary, and conveying results to the principal researchers. With demonstrated abilities, the candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute new code to the pipelines and/or develop novel analyses. Although the primary responsibilities relate to NGS data, there will be numerous opportunities to work with various other data types as well. The candidate should therefore have excellent oral and written communication skills, be comfortable with dealing with a variety of data types, be familiar with standard bioinformatics practices and databases, and have a solid understanding of statistics for biology.

The successful candidate will be able to thrive in a fast-paced (but friendly!) environment, understand priorities, complete tasks with minimal oversight in a timely manner, and communicate effectively with non-bioinformatics staff. If the interest and abilities are demonstrated, the candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to academic publications at LJI.
This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working with large-scale, next-generation sequencing datasets and directly contribute to projects aiming to improve human health.

Education and experience:
•B.S. or Masters in Bioinformatics or related field with demonstrated programming experience
•1+ years experience working with NGS datasets (in a production setting preferred)

Skills:
•Familiarity with standard bioinformatics practices and databases
•Experience with next-generation sequencing datasets and tools
•Programming experience in at least two of the following languages: Perl, Python, Java, C, C++, R, Bash
•Familiarity with programming best practices (e.g., revision control, testing, etc.)
•Experience using a job submission system on an HPC
•Ability to consistently meet deadlines

How to Apply: Please upload your CV here.