Data Scientist I, Computational Biology - R-100880

NanoString Technologies, Inc.
Times Square, Washington, US
Jul 24, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Biology, Statistics
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Who We Are:

NanoString Technologies () is a leading provider of life science tools for discovery and translational research. The company's nCounter Analysis System is used in life sciences research and has been cited in more than 3,800 peer-reviewed publications. The nCounter Analysis System offers a cost-effective way to easily profile the expression of hundreds of genes, proteins, miRNAs, or copy number variations, simultaneously with high sensitivity and precision, facilitating a wide variety of basic research and translational medicine applications. The company's GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler enables highly-multiplexed spatial profiling of RNA and protein targets in a variety of sample types, including FFPE tissue sections. Built on pioneering principles in 2003, NanoString is blazing new trails and exploring new frontiers to adapt to the everchanging landscape and becoming smarter and more innovative in the process. We are dedicated to advancing scientific discovery and providing solutions that can have a meaningful impact in research and discovery.

Our purpose is to Map the Universe of Biology. We enable scientists to answer questions they have always wanted to ask to explore the boundaries of cellular structures and create an atlas of biological interactions that define life. We are relentless in our quest to Catalyze the Next Biological Revolution leading to Advancing the Human Condition. In addition to a pioneering spirit, we value: Grit. Authenticity. Ambition. Ingenuity. Customers. Join our team!

Job Description:

The Data Scientist I, Computational Biology is a contributor to the R&D team who is responsible for developing algorithms and software for visualization and analysis of NanoString data. This role requires a background in software engineering, algorithm development or application, biological interpretation of high-plex molecular data, and a history of engaging within the scientific community. This person will work with a team to develop analysis pipelines and tools for use with the NanoString SMI platform, and potentially future platforms. Creation of tools for interactive visualization will be emphasized. The work is highly cross-functional and will require working with research scientists, biostatisticians, software architects and technology developers. This person is expected to have strong verbal and written communication skills and will work as part of team while inventing and implementing new analysis tools.

This position reports to the Principal Biostatistician in the group.

Essential Functions:

Create software tools for interactive visualization of spatial single cell gene expression data
Create, refine, test and implement new methods for analysis of spatial single cell gene expression data
Analyze relevant spatial single cell gene expression datasets
Work with a team of other bioinformaticians and biostatisticians to contribute to pipelines for analysis of NanoString data
Maintain well annotated code and detailed records of analyses
Present results findings via written and oral reports to technical and non-technical audiences; participate in scientific discussions

Requirements (Education, Experience, Specific Skills):

MS or Ph.D. with background in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Genomics, or related field
0-5+ years of professional software development experience depending on education qualifications
Strong communication skills; ability to summarize scientific data and algorithms for expert and non-expert audiences
Track record of building complex and well-written software with R and Shiny
Experience analyzing spatial data
Familiarity with gene expression data analysis, common bioinformatics software tools and standard biostatistical methodologies
Basic domain knowledge within a relevant biological area (oncology, immunology, spatial biology etc.) required; advanced knowledge preferred

NanoString is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. NanoString does not accept unsolicited agency resumes and will not pay fees to any third-party agency or company that it does not have a signed agreement with.


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