Assistant Research Scientist - Bioinformatics

The Biodesign Center for Personal Diagnostics (CPD, at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking an experienced Bioinformatics Research 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. Our center is specialized in biomarker research aided by high-throughput genomics and proteomics applications, and equipped with fully automated robotic systems for gene cloning, microarray production/processing, as well as next-generation DNA sequencers. In addition, we are operating one of the largest plasmid repository (DNASU, ) to produce, store, and distribute >250,000 ORF clones from >1,000 different species. To operate and support the high-paced research activities, we have developed and operated sophisticated databases and software tools. 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, phylogenetics, mathematical modeling, and statistics.​

Essential Duties:
As a member of bioinformatics team at CPD, he/she will 1) participate in curation, processing, and analysis of genome-wide datasets, 2) participate in development and maintenance of bioinformatics tools/pipelines for tracking and analyzing systems-level data such as protein microarrays, 3) support and collaborate with both internal and external researchers, and 4) participate in writing scientific manuscripts and grant proposals.​

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A recent PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, genomics, molecular biology or related fields

Desired Qualifications:

  • Research experience (either academic or industrial) in analysis of high-content biological data (e.g. next-generation sequencing or high-throughput screening data) and genome-level annotations
  • Proficiency in scientific computing, programming/scripting languages (e.g., Python or Java), bioinformatics/biostatistics packages (e.g., R/Bioconductor and Biopython), and SQL in UNIX environment
  • Sound knowledge on systems-level biological data (e.g. gene annotations, pathways, and interactomes), genomic/proteomic data resources (e.g. NCBI, Ensembl, COSMIC, and UniProt), and pre-clinical research (e.g. functional genomics and biomarker discovery)
  • Communication and interpersonal skills essential for interacting with internal/external researchers
  • Experience in writing scientific documents (e.g. manuscripts and grant proposals)
  • Detail oriented, flexible, self-motivated, excellent troubleshooting skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Wet lab experience in molecular (i.e., cloning) and cellular biology
  • Experience in development/maintenance of scientific software and database
  • Experience in next-generation sequencing data processing and analysis
  • Experience in high-content data visualization/analysis (e.g. network analysis) and statistical analysis
  • Experience in high-performance parallel computing​

To apply, please submit to as a single pdf document the following materials:  1) a cover letter specifying relevant qualifications and training, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of current research interests and expertise (2-page maximum), 4) contact information for at least three professional references, and 5) list of recent publications.  Please include “Bioinformatics Research Scientist” in the email subject line.  Initial review of applications will begin on October 25, 2017; As long as the position is not filled, review will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment. 

The Biodesign Institute addresses today's critical global challenges in healthcare, sustainability, and security by developing solutions inspired from natural systems and translating those solutions into commercially viable products and clinical practices.

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access.  This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves.  Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines.  ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city.  ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and it welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. ASU is in the Phoenix metropolitan area in Tempe, Arizona and is one of the largest universities in the U.S.

Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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