Job description

Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral position in primate comparative genomics. We are seeking a qualified individual to join our research into the evolution of sensory systems in humans, non-human primates, and other mammals with phylogenetic or functional relevance to primate origins. The successful applicant will examine patterns of selection acting on sensory genes - especially olfactory receptor genes - in relation to ecological variation (diet, habitat, activity pattern) and phylogenetic history. Our approach is multifaceted, combining laboratory and field-based work with computational biology. Individuals with skills and experience relevant to bioinformatic analysis are especially encouraged to apply. This is a 12-month appointment, beginning September 1, 2014, with the possibility of a one-year extension.

  • Candidates must have a PhD in hand at the time of appointment. Interested applicants should send a CV, a list of three referees, and a letter of application stating research interests, a detailed summary of relevant skills and expertise, and career goals by email to the PI, Amanda Melin - [email protected].
  • Please use the subject heading “Primate Comparative Genomics Postdoc.” Review of applications will commence on March 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
  • Applications from women and other members of under-represented groups are especially encouraged.
  • This employer prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression.
  • Employment eligibility verification is required upon hire.

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Job Description

The Bioinformatics Shared Resource core facility is seeking a Bioinformatics Specialist to assist and support scientists with multiple on-going data analysis, interpretation, presentation, and dissemination projects.

Under general direction, will create and manage a variety of data analysis projects including analysis of complex biomedical research datasets.  Will utilize current bioinformatics tool/databases and have an in depth knowledge of gene expression and sequencing data analysis to allow for solving of research problems creatively, communicate results effectively, and collaborate with PIs and other team members.  Will contribute to the writing of papers, reviews and grant applications.

Will also develop analysis, visualization and reporting for a variety of ‘omics data. Analyze genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic datasets from raw data all the way through to biological networks, pathways and hypothesis generation, and perform all other related duties and tasks as required or assigned.

Required Experience

  • Requires a master’s degree Computational Biology, Information Systems, Human Genetics, or a related field, and a minimum of 3 years (and typically up to 7 years) of directly-related experience in genomics and/or molecular genomics.
  • Must have proficiency in NGS data mining and working experience with databases like TCGA, GEO, CGHub, 1000Genomes, GenBank and CCLE is a must.
  • Requires knowledge of Unix/Linux environment and at least one of the programming languages (R, Perl, Python, PHP) to scripts analysis pipelines.
  • The core largely utilizes public and commercial software tools like GenePattern, GATK, IPA, MetaCore, GeneSpring and Partek and familiarity with these tools is strongly preferred.
  • Requires the ability to support multiple parallel projects directed by lab investigators and contribute to the general technical knowledge of researchers at the Sanford-Burnham by giving seminars and classes on bioinformatics and data analysis.
  • Requires an excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively interact with individuals from various cultures and backgrounds.

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Job Description

Bio-Rad believes that the biotechnology industry should play an integral role in supporting education, helping to develop today's students as tomorrow's scientists and problem solvers.  Bio-Rad's Biotechnology Explorer program ( has developed a line of laboratory kits which have provided millions of students around the world the opportunity to explore the fundamental techniques of genetic engineering, DNA fingerprinting, DNA amplification, protein expression and analysis, bioinformatics, and the creation of genetically modified organisms.
The Biotechnology Explorer program provides access to technological innovations through practical hands-on activities in a format that works in the classroom.  The program was created for educators seeking the very best in introductory molecular biology experiences for their students.  Bio-Rad classroom lab kits, curricula, and teacher workshops specifically address current standards for life science education.  While aligned with core content requirements, Biotechnology Explorer kits connect science in the classroom to topical applications and real-world issues.


Required Skills

  • The primary job responsibility is to develop hands-on biotechnology educational kits and activities for use in teaching labs at the high school, community college and university levels.
  • The job includes performing the necessary laboratory work required to develop and validate new kits, and managing the project through the new product development process.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to technically support all existing products and be an expert source for technical questions related to all of our products for both internal and external inquiries.
  • Candidates are expected to work effectively with other functional groups within the company, for example marketing, manufacturing and customer care as required to complete projects under tight timelines.
  • The successful candidate will also have an understanding of the education market and US educational system and participate in marketing activities and is expected to interact frequently with teachers and students.
  • The successful candidate will attend and support training workshops for teachers. The job requires 10-15% time traveling to tradeshows and customer visits.


  • MS (with industry work experience) or PhD in a life science discipline.  Engineering, Bioinformatics, chemistry or environmental science background is a plus.
  • The ideal candidate will minimally have completed a life science-based doctoral graduate program or have equivalent work experience.

Required Experience

  • Candidates must have a passion for science education and be excited to work as part of a dynamic, fast paced, and highly motivated team.
  • Candidates must have balanced laboratory skills including molecular biology, protein biochemistry, and bioinformatics analysis.
  • Candidates should have a broad knowledge base of biology and science in general
  • Computer programming experience is a plus
  • Candidates should have some teaching experience and those who have experience working with teachers to
  • deliver new classroom content are preferred.
  • Candidates with product development experience in industry are highly desirable.
  • Candidates must have strong analytical and verbal/written communication skills, and be able to think and work
  • independently while handling multiple projects and priorities.
  • Candidates should have excellent organizational and time management
  • Postdoctoral experience is preferred but not required.

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Role Description

The Oncology and West Coast Research Business Technology group is seeking a Laboratory Automation and Bioinformatics expert. The individual will have computer science and programming skills as well as scientific knowledge. The person will work on projects spanning laboratory automation, the creation of ad-hoc small tools and utilities, and the extraction, integration and analysis of data using APIs and tools such as Pipeline Pilot and Spotfire. Furthermore, this individual will support the research and development organization to refine and deploy novel algorithm or visualizations to a broader audience.
The individual will also have the competence to deploy, support and train people in the use of R&D applications as needed.


  • Delivers technical solutions in a timely fashion.
  • Collaborates with business partners, analysts, and end-users to define solution requirements.
  • Identify and evaluate new technologies for implementation.
  • Initiate and prototype new solutions.
  • Provides services to Research Units that enable and support scientific workflows, lab automation, regulatory
  • compliance, data management and data analysis.
  • Contributes to and maintains an enterprise systems architecture and information architecture to maximize the
  • value of technology and information investments.
  • Provide technical guidance and mentoring to others in areas of acquired expertise.


  • Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or similar technology.
  • Complementary degree/major in Biology or Bioinformatics is a strong plus.
  • Minimum of 2 years of work experience.

Technical Skill Requirements

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Comfortable working in a team environment
  • Solid background in at least one scripting language: (e.g., PHP, Python, or Perl) or object-oriented programming language (e.g. Java or C#)

  • An ability to develop Web-based UIs (using e.g. JavaScript, HTML5, or Flex) that interact with relational databases models such as Oracle or MySQL.

  • Understanding in cutting edge technologies such as non-relational data systems (Hadoop, MongoDB, etc.) and in cloud(or SaaS) computing

  • Experience with other software environments  such as Spotfire ,SAS, and/or other data mining software Proficient in Windows and Linux environments

  • Excel macro development, including Visual Basic experience a plus R or Matlab statistical language experience a plus

    SQL and Pipeline Pilot experience a plus

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