Bioinformatics Specialist

Job Summary:
There is an immediate opening for a Bioinformatics Specialist in the Bioinformatics Core Facility at the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology (LJI). The position involves primarily running and maintaining the customized 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 sequencers, performing basic quality controls, and debugging errors when necessary. Results will need to be conveyed to the principal researcher. 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.

Leveling Requirements:
The successful candidate will be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, understand priorities, complete tasks in a timely manner, and communicate effectively with non-bioinformatics staff. If the interest and ability 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
1-2 years experience working with NGS datasets in a production setting preferred

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
Experience using a HPC
Familiar with programming best practices (e.g., revision control, testing, etc.)
Ability to consistently meet deadlines

How to Apply:
Applicants should send their resume and cover letter enclosed within a single document to be considered. Please apply here.

About LJI
In 2016, LJI was ranked as one of the best places to work in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal. LJI is located in the Science Research Park on the campus of UC San Diego, with easy access to the San Diego life sciences community and all that the area has to offer.

LJI provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to all employees and applicants regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or pregnancy. This applies to all personnel practices, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers, educational assistance, and social and recreational programs.