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Computational Biologist

The Organization:

The Morgridge Institute for Research is a private, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving human health through interdisciplinary biomedical research, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Morgridge Institute serves as a collaborative hub for investigators across UW-Madison to work together on fundamental biomedical questions, and engages more than 30,000 community members annually in scientific programming. The organization offers an extraordinary work environment built around a multi-disciplinary fusion of ideas, state-of-the-art facilities, and mentorship by groundbreaking science leaders. Research focus areas include regenerative biology and bioinformatics, virology, medical devices, metabolism, core computational technology and bioethics.

The Opportunity:

The Morgridge Institute for Research seeks a Computational Biologist with strong project management, systems design, and programming skills, experience in genome assembly and annotation, and the ability to work collaboratively within a team setting. This position, which is part of the Bioinformatics team within stem cell pioneer James Thomson’s Regenerative Biology group at the Morgridge Institute for Research, will primarily be involved in genome assembly and genome annotation projects, but will also provide programming support to researchers studying gene expression, epigenomics and transcriptional regulation in pluripotent stem cells and their differentiated derivatives. A major aspect of this position involves managing complex genome assembly/annotation projects, software engineering, development of improved methods for genome assembly/annotation and other high-throughput biological data analyses.


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

  • Strong programming skills, as demonstrated by at least three years’ experience in programming with at least one of the following: C, C++, Java, Perl or Python
  • Previous Bioinformatics experience especially in genome assembly is highly desired.
  • Previous experience in project management is highly desired.
  • Statistical analysis of next-generation sequencing data is desired.
  • Candidates must also exhibit strong oral and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills.

To Apply:

Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity are required to submit a cover letter and resume as one document via the online career portal.

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