Bioinformatics Research Technician

Simon Fraser University
Job Location: 
Burnaby, B.C.


Job Description: 

Prof. Jamie Scott seeks applicants for a Bioinformatics Research Technician position in the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, a community in the Vancouver-metro region.

This position begins immediately for approx. 37 hours per week, and over a probationary period of 90 days (with possible extension).

The position is a full-time (37 hours/week), 3-month appointment with extension dependent on performance and grant funding.

Salary is $45,000 per annum with 2 weeks’ vacation that will increase one day per annum, as well as statutory holidays, and time off between the Dec 27th and 31st when SFU is closed.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

• Developing analysis methods and tools for analyzing high-density, antibody-gene and T-cell-receptor gene DNA sequence data obtained through next-generation sequencing technologies, and in particular developing new tools for assigning clonal lineage to clusters of related antibody-gene sequences.
• Developing and/or utilizing tools for analyzing high-density data obtained from antigen microarrays, including use of SAM.
• Developing systems approaches for framing and relating high-density data of different formats (e.g., relating antigen microarray data, DNA sequence data, flow cytometric data and RNAseq data all obtained from the same set of individuals)
• Analysis of RNAseq data and Affimetrix chip data by
• Using statistical methods to analyze sequence, microarray and other data
• Performing data manipulation and transformation by creating programming scripts using tools such as PERL, AWK, SED and UNIX shells
• Assisting in preparation of scientific publications and grant proposals
• Coordinating with interdisciplinary scientists involved in different research projects and in providing bioinformatics support.
• Presenting research results and progress to scientists at SFU and beyond
• Performing other related duties as required


Required Qualifications:
• Ph.D. degree in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics or a biomedically related field with 3 years of experience in bioinformatics, or Master’s degree in similar fields with 3 to 5 years of experience in bioinformatics.
• Should have exhibited experience in publishing in scientific journals
• Should have experience in analyzing high-throughput DNA sequence data
• Should have experience in analyzing microarray data
• Should have experience with systems analysis
• Should have experience in applying a variety of statistical methods to data analysis
• Must possess experience in understanding immunology and in analyzing data generated from state of the art immunological methods
• Should be able to program and develop software analysis tools
• Should be comfortable with using scripting languages such as PERL, AWK and SED in UNIX shells
• Must possess excellent organizational and communication skills.
• Personable, motivated and enthusiastic about working in a group environment.
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a research team.
• Demonstrated ability to multitask and balance priorities when necessary.
• Should be comfortable with basic computer programs such as MS Word, Excel and in working with different operations systems such as Macintosh OS and Windows.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Knowledge of peptide epitope mapping and identification of vaccine targets is valuable.
• Deeper knowledge of immunology is valuable
• Experience in dealing with raw sequencing data from state-of-the-art DNA sequencing technologies from Illumina (like MiSEQ, HiSEQ) is extremely valuable
• Experience in dealing with microarray data also is valuable
• Experience with systems approaches in inter-relating different datasets also extremely valuable

Contact Information: 

To apply, please submit the following documentation to Dr. Jamie Scott, MD, PhD ( by February 28, 2014:

• Cover letter and resume (including a list of all relevant publications)
• Names and contact information for 3 academic references
• An example of academic writing in the field of bioinformatics

Background check may be required. No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is available for this position for a 90-day Work Permit.

About Our Organization: 

Simon Fraser University is committed to supporting a diverse faculty and student body, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities, First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.