Lead/Principal Bioinformatics Data Scientist

Santa Barbara, CA or San Francisco Bay Area
Mar 23, 2018
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

SerImmune, an early-stage start-up backed by Illumina Ventures and Merck is applying a unique immune repertoire characterization platform to map human immunity. We are seeking a Lead/Principal Bioinformatics Data Scientist, versed in the application of machine learning and data mining approaches to large datasets in the life sciences.  This individual will play a leading role in the company’s efforts to apply machine learning, data mining approaches, and high performance computing to reveal unique insights from the company’s proprietary databases and to reveal antigens from the environment, microbiome, and disease (including cancer), that drive immunity.  

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Analyze assay data to develop robust methods for quality control and data analysis.
  • Design and apply computational methods, software, and statistics to analyze and mine data to generate actionable insights.
  • Develop and code algorithms and applications to interrogate large peptide sequence datasets.
  • Design schema for large sequence repositories and work closely with scientists to design experiments and computational/data mining methods.
  • Interpret and communicate insights and findings to company staff and strategic partners.

Minimum Qualifications (Must have):

  • Ph.D. or M.S. degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, computational biology, molecular biology, genomics or related scientific field (or equivalent experience and depth).
  • Minimum four years post-graduate experience in technology / life science environments.
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing (NGS), proteomic, or genomic data analysis.
  • Solid knowledge of languages such as Python, Java, and/or C++, and high programming proficiency in a Unix/Linux environment.
  • Experience applying statistical approaches to analyze NGS / proteome / genome data interpretation. 
  • Ability to understand subtleties of different analytical methods and impacts on data generation and interpretation.
  • Knowledge of external sequence databases and resources.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the development of clinical (LDT/IVD) assays.
  • Experience in high performance computing and cloud computing.
  • Experience with structure-based computational tools and methods.

Working Conditions

  • Office environment (Santa Barbara, CA or Bay Area)
  • Prolonged periods of sitting, standing
  • Must be able to lift and transport at least 25 pounds
  • Ability to travel

SerImmune, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer

DISCLAIMER: The information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities of an employee to this job.