Bioinformatics/Computational Biologist


Lake Villa, Illinois

5 days ago

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Job Description

Job Title: Bioinformatics/Computational Biologist
Duration: 6 Months
Location/Site: Remote OK
Schedule: 9AM-5PM CT or ET
What are the top 3-5 skills, experience or education required for this position:
1 Strong proficiency in R programming for bioinformatics workflows
2 Familiarity with curating/analyzing GWAS and genetics data, and transcriptomics data.
3 Ability to critically evaluate experimental design, QC and suggest improvements.
4 Experience working in HPC or cloud environment
5 Knowledge and proficiency in basic statistical concepts.
What is a nice to have (but not required) regarding skills, experience, education, or certification: Experience in immunological disease area.
Services Overview:
This role involves support for the integration, organization, and analysis of large and complex multi-omics datasets, but not limited to transcriptomics, genetics, and epigenetics. A vital part of this role includes ensuring the precision, quality, and comprehensiveness of our dataset repositories. The successful candidate will work in synergy with cross-functional and inter-organizational teams of research scientists. They will apply, refine, and expand established workflows for effective multi-omic data curation and analysis.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Curate and standardize GWAS summary statistics datasets ensuring accuracy and consistency.
  • Annotate genomic variants using established tools and databases.
  • Map SNPs to genes and determine their functional relevance.
  • Analyze transcriptomic datasets, including but not limited to bulk and single-cell RNA sequencing, to derive actionable insights.
  • Collaborate intimately with research teams to comprehend specific data requirements and applications.
  • Curate, maintain, and contribute to the project codebase.
  • Masters with 1+ year of experience or PhD degree in the quantitative sciences (Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Computational Genetics, Mathematics, Statistics, or a related field).
  • Proven capability in designing and implementing bioinformatics workflows and corresponding github codebase repositories in R programming and comfortable operating in a Unix/Linux and High-Performance Computing (HPC) environment.
  • Familiarity with genome-wide association studies, particularly in fine mapping and colocalization from GWAS summary data is expected.
  • Hands-on experience in curating and processing transcriptomic datasets, especially bulk and single-cell RNA-Seq, with the ability to conduct corresponding downstream analyses would be advantageous.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in basic statistical concepts, e.g. p-value, odds ratio, effect size, multiple testing correction, familiarity with Bayesian approaches employed for colocalization analysis would be advantageous.
  • Previous experience in immunological diseases or rare disease genetics is a plus

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