Computational Biologist

The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and biomedical imaging. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

Description

The Stewart Computational Group at the Morgridge Institute for Research seeks a Computational Biologist with strong statistical and programming skills. We provide data analysis, programming, and software engineering to biomedical researchers at the Morgridge Institute, the University of Wisconsin, and beyond, working on a wide variety of biomedical questions, including cancer and regenerative biology. We work with multiple high-throughput biological data types, including genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, and text.  Major aspects of this position involve statistical analysis, software engineering, and development of improved methods for high-throughput biological data analyses. The position requires working on complex projects in an independent and self-directed manner. As the successful applicant will have significant autonomy to drive new research in a large scientific space, professionalism and exceptionally strong interpersonal collaborative skills are needed.

Requirements

Candidate Requirements:

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biological Sciences or a related discipline with coursework or background in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Molecular Biology or Cell Biology.

  • Familiarity with widely used bioinformatics methodologies, software, and databases.
  • Strong software engineering skills: source code control, Dev/Ops, testing, and issue tracking.
  • Strong emphasis on reproducibility and sharing of code and methods.
  • Strong programming skills, as demonstrated by at least three years’ experience in Python or R.
  • Ability to work on complex projects in an independent and self-directed manner.
  • Ability and interest in learning new concepts and skills.
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively on a team.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Previous Computational Biology/Bioinformatics experience.
  • Broad knowledge of the fundamentals of biology.
  • Statistical analysis of next-generation sequencing data and/or other biomedical data.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with high-dimensional data.
  • Knowledge in statistics, modeling, and machine learning.
  • Significant experience with algorithm design and optimization.
  • Proven debugging and troubleshooting skills.

In order to ensure the safety of our workplace, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required unless an exemption is granted for medical, disability or religious reasons.

To apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via the link below.

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