Bioinformatics Scientist

Van Andel Institute
Job Location: 
Grand Rapids, MI
Starting rate of pay is commensurate with education, relevant work experience, and other qualifications.

Medical, Vision, Dental, Paid Vacation/PTO, Life Insurance, Short/Long Term Disability

Job Description: 

This position is for a full time Bioinformatics Scientist who will be responsible for providing bioinformatics expertise to the Laboratory of Cancer Immunodiagnostics that focuses on the areas of genomics and molecular biology. This involves data management including the development, maintenance, and support of associated biological software and databases. This would also include leading data mining and data integration procedures as well as algorithm development and testing. Responsibilities also include assisting scientific staff by providing guidance and training in using bioinformatics in their research.

The Laboratory of Cancer Immunodiagnostics works to enable more accurate detection and diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and to identify key factors in cancer progression and dissemination. Our approaches make heavy use of understanding the nature and functions of changes to carbohydrates in pancreatic cancer.

 Develops, maintains, and supports computational biology software
 Leads data mining, application prototyping, and data integration to support genetics and functional genomics. This includes developing and testing tools to mine and manage data.
 Assists scientific users in the application of bioinformatics including assisting users with effective searching and reporting from genomic databases. This also includes providing bioinformatics input to experimental design and strategy, as needed.
 Maintains the quality and integrity of the Institute’s data, proprietary information, and intellectual property including the Institute’s genomics sequence and expression databases.
 Anticipates and keeps abreast of new developments in bioinformatics and works to ensure the availability of state-of-the-art methods, resources, and data sources to support the user groups.


 Position requires an advanced degree (i.e. Ph.D.) in Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or a related field or the equivalent.
 Must possess at least 2-3 years experience in Java, C/C++, Oracle PL/SQL, Perl scripting, Windows NT and UNIX or comparable technical skills, along with experience in standard biological databases.
 In depth knowledge of public databases (NCBI, EMBL), models, and data structures is required, as is demonstrated success in creating and applying new technologies to research problems.
 Expertise with a range of bioinformatics tools to analyze gene expression and next generation sequencing data is required.
 Expertise in systems biology is highly desirable.

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About Our Organization: 

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) is an independent, world-class medical research
facility that has gained worldwide recognition for basic and translational research into the
genetic and molecular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s, osteoporosis, and other threats to
human health. VARI’s laboratories and core facilities work to translate discoveries into
therapies that will conquer illness and enhance lives.