Assistant Research Professional, Bioinformatics

The Biodesign Center for Personal Diagnostics (CPD, in the Biodesign Institute within Arizona State University’s Knowledge Enterprise is seeking an experienced Assistant Research Professional, Bioinformatics Engineer/Scientist who will provide bioinformatics expertise to our highly diverse and active research groups in production and analysis of genome-scale data to gain insights on human physiology and diseases. This position primarily for analysis of next-generation sequencing (NGS) for multiple projects at CPD, especially at the LaBaer ( and the Park ( laboratories, as well as external collaborative projects.

Our group is specialized in cancer biology and biomarker research aided by sophisticated genomics/proteomics applications, cell and animal models, and equipped with fully automated robotic systems for gene cloning, microarray production/processing, as well as next-generation DNA sequencers. We also have a strong expertise in developing high-throughput assays, biomarker panels/signatures, and predictive modeling for various health-related applications. In addition, we are operating web applications for public data and resource repositories, such as the plasmid repository DNASU ( To operate and support the high-paced research activities, we are working closely with the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core at ASU and provide bioinformatics supports to both on- or off-campus researchers in a broad aspects of research projects, including genomics, proteomics, machine-learning, and statistics.

As a member of bioinformatics team at CPD, you will:

  • Participate in grant-funded omics-focused projects
  • Perform hands-on bioinformatics and biostatistics analysis
  • Participate in data presentation and writing reports, manuscripts, and grant proposals
  • Support and collaborate with both internal and external researchers


  • MSc in bioinformatics, computational biology, bioscience or related fields with experience in biomedical research projects
  • Hands-on research experience in analyzing high-content biological data (e.g. next-generation sequencing or high-throughput screening data)
  • Proficiency in scientific programming/scripting (e.g., Python or Java), bioinformatics/biostatistics packages (e.g., R/Bioconductor and Biopython), and SQL databases
  • An efficient team player with strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • 2 or more years of post-degree academic/industrial research experience
  • Research experience in biomarker discovery, statistical modeling, and/or machine-learning
  • Knowledge on biological databases (e.g. gene annotations, pathways, and interactomes) and genomic/proteomic data resources (e.g. NCBI, Ensembl, COSMIC, and UniProt)
  • Detail oriented, flexible, self-motivated, excellent troubleshooting skills
  • Experience in writing scientific documents (e.g. reports, manuscripts and grant proposals)
  • Wet lab experience in molecular and cellular biology
  • Experience in development of scientific software and databases
  • Proven multi-tasking ability of working with interdisciplinary scientific teams

Application Instructions

Applicants are responsible for including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three professional references in their application through the Interfolio website. Emailed applications will not be accepted. Apply here:

Initial close date 11/6/2020. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Job Category: 
Research Assistant
Biodesign Virigina G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics