Computational Biologist II - Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory

Drug Information Association Inc
New York, Iowa, US
Aug 01, 2021
Aug 22, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
The Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory within the Department of Pathology is applying next-generation sequencing techniques to characterize the spectrum of genetic mutations in patient tumors. These genomic data are guiding treatment decisions and the enrollment of patients onto clinical trials of novel targeted therapies.

The Computational Biologist will provide bioinformatics support in the development of next-generation sequencing applications to characterize the spectrum and clinical significance of genetic mutations in human tumors. He/she will develop new and utilize existing software and database systems to track experimental parameters, catalyze technology development, and analyze next-generation sequence data.


* Design, develop, and operate computational pipelines for the analysis of next-generation sequencing data.
* Analyze data sets to discover and annotate cancer-causing genetic mutations in tumor specimens.
* Evaluate performance of novel technology platforms and assays.
* Work directly with research groups to analyze biomedical data and address scientific problems with bioinformatics techniques and tools and train researchers in the use of computational and bioinformatics tools
* Develop, refine, and improve bioinformatics tools for interpretation of large genomic data sets.
* Evaluate and test third party software packages.
* Track specimen information, experimental and analysis parameters, performance metrics, and genomic results in databases
* Manage and archive large data sets from next-generation sequencing experiments
* Participate in the establishment and maintenance of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
* Install and maintain software and data
* Maintain detailed records of all analyses
* Present results and progress updates at lab meetings and make presentations to experimental and scientific collaborators
* Attend seminars, lectures, and training courses to learn new computational biology skills to remain up to date with the cancer genomics field and learn new programming languages or techniques as necessary.


* MS in Bioinformatics or related with 0-2 years of related experience preferred. Bachelors Degree with 2-4 years of Next-generation sequencing and cancer genetics experience will be considered.
* Cross-disciplinary and strong analytical skills as well as broad experience using computational methods, databases, software and hardware.