• Staff Scientist, Bioinformatics

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Overview

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    The Geraghty Lab is seeking an outstanding and experienced Staff Scientist to help with informatics development supporting the operation of a molecular genotyping laboratory capable of executing state of the art genotyping methodologies for disease association studies. The incumbent will be provided the opportunity to support the development of tools for the genetic analysis of the immune response and the causal relationships to diseases. The group uses a variety of conventional and specialized in-house gene sequencing assays in biotechnology development.


    • This laboratory will collaborate with local, national, and international laboratories carrying out anthropological, clinical, and basic disease studies aimed at a better understanding and development of data and tools for diagnosis and treatment of a variety of human diseases.
    • Data produced will support basic and applied research activities ongoing at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and in the international scientific community.
    • The candidate will work in a small team of programmers and experimental scientists in developing tools and establishing approaches in the analysis of immune response genotyping data sets and clinical outcomes including infectious disease, autoimmunity, and cancer genetics. The work will include participating in and overseeing the following activities:
      • Develop codebase for cloud-based data analysis software
      • Use Git version control and participate in code review
      • Maintain excellent working knowledge of Amazon Web Services tools
      • Organize database resources from the variety of projects.
    • This role will focus on refactoring, documenting, and improving a Java codebase as well as implementing various tools in Amazon Web Services.
    • This individual will be working with a group of 5 to 7 people engaged in informatics and data analysis, supporting 5-7 individuals engaging data generation.



    • PhD in a biological science, engineering or related field and 2+ years of related experience, with an understanding of the fundamentals of molecular biology, nucleic acid chemistry and demonstrated ability to analyze next generation sequencing data
    • Functional knowledge of Java, Python, Linux, and SQL, with advanced knowledge of one or more of these.
    • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and reliable record keeping are essential. 
    • The ability to manage personnel and take responsibility for laboratory effectiveness.
    • Effective communication and interpersonal skills for successful interaction with the laboratory staff and communicating with outside collaborators including scientific presentations.



    • 4+ years of related experience.

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