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R&D Group Leader, Bioinformatics Engineering


Takara Bio USA, Inc.

Job Location

2560 Orchard Parkway
San Jose, CA 95131
United States

Job Description

Job Title: R&D Group Leader, Bioinformatics Engineering
Reports to: Director, Bioinformatics
FLSA Class: Exempt
*Pay Scale: $180k - $190k

Learn more about our company and how we support you:
Takara Bio USA (TBUSA) empowers life science discovery. We bring innovation and inspiration to every scientist - promoting discoveries that improve health and the environment. We hold values that all employees and prospective candidates should demonstrate: Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Respect, Growth, Diversity and Quality. We value helping employees develop their skills and you will be part of this journey!

At Takara Bio, we know that every experimental decision has an impact. Choices matter, from design to data analysis. We create best-in-class products that get the job done. In your hands, what do those research reagents and kits create? Something powerful: knowledge, understanding, and—often—hope! Together we can improve the human condition through biotechnology…and That's Good Science!

How this role drives the company forward:
The R&D Group Leader, Bioinformatics Engineering is responsible for managing the detailed activities of a team of bioinformatics scientists and engineers. The R&D Group leader works closely with Product Management to propose new product ideas and identify and implement opportunities to expand the software and cloud solutions offered in support of the product line(s) in question. This person typically has extensive experience in building software and cloud solutions for these product lines in the industry using formal Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) processes and in maintaining high quality standards.

The R&D Group Leader, Bioinformatics Engineering role is office-based.

Approximately 5% travel, including overnight and international travel, may be required.

How you will make an impact:
In this role, you will manage Takara’s Bioinformatics Engineering team as we grow to support existing and new Bioinformatics applications on the cloud. You will supervise and monitor design and implementation of highly robust and optimized cloud infrastructure by our Bioinformatics Engineering team and external vendors. You will play a key role in supporting multiple Bioinformatics projects as a cloud platform leader and work with marketing and other teams to identify product requirements. You will collaborate with project managers, vendors, and other teams to ensure that the cloud-based projects are delivered on time and meet product and technical requirements. You will have an essential role in overseeing validation and verification of Bioinformatics applications, delegating tasks, providing guidance and feedback to team members, and ensuring all team members are working effectively and efficiently. We aim to find the best talent to join us and contribute to this exciting endeavor as a critical member of Bioinformatics team while upholding high quality standards.

What will you do:
Leads design and implementation of cloud-based infrastructure and solutions to support bioinformatics workflows.
Manages development and deployment of software products using state-of-the-art technologies and execution environments, such as choosing the tech stack, cloud-computing services, and establishing CI/CD.
Plans, coordinates, and monitors timely execution and completion of various research projects by managing the detailed activities of a team of bioinformatics scientists.
Ensures the group’s work is of high quality in developing software that exhibits excellent code design and development practice, with a strong sense for usability, modularity of code design, and efficient use of memory and processing time.
Actively mentors and trains group members in good software design and analysis.
Works closely and independently, through regular communication, with Product Managers to understand market trends and competition relevant to the product(s) supported.
Generates new ideas and proposes plans for software support of a product line as a whole; and proactively works to obtain Product Managers’ support.
Demonstrates ownership for the success and growth of supported product(s); working with Product Managers, Operations, and other departments to ensure smooth development, launch and support of products within stated deadlines.
Guides junior scientists through the software product development process, including design of specifications, verification & validation and drafting of related documentation.
Serves as an expert resource to R&D, Product Management and other departments supporting their success in reaching the goals of the whole organization.
Supports Sales and Technical Support representatives on technical matters.
Represents R&D at scientific meetings in front of customers and/or collaborators, including presenting seminars on TBUSA products in area of expertise.
This position has supervisory responsibilities.

How will you get here?
Typically requires a Ph.D. degree in Engineering or relevant scientific discipline (software, electrical, bioengineering, mechanical or chemical engineering, physics, chemistry or similar) followed by a minimum 8 years of a mix of academia and industrial experience in Bioinformatics.
Experience managing the work of bioinformatics scientists/analysts/engineers.
Highly effective analytical, problem solving and judgment skills, with demonstrated ability to mentor these skills in others.
Consistent success leading significant software development projects.
Adept at grasping scientific principles and concepts beyond specific area of training.
Extensive experience with and deep-understanding of methods underlying industry-standard methods and tools for NGS data analysis.
Demonstrated ability to effectively utilize software development tools beyond primary language experience.
Demonstrated ability to effectively utilize software development life cycle processes (SDLC) esp. based on Agile methodology using tools like JIRA.
Proven experience, in a professional setting, with:
Programming languages (e.g., R, Python, Java),
Database management system (e.g., MySQL, PostgreSQL),
Packaging and deployment techniques (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes),
Cloud development environments (e.g., AWS, Google Cloud, MS Azure),
Source code version control systems (e.g., GitHub, Bitbucket, Subversion),
Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) for web-based application (e.g., HTML, JavaScript, jQuery/AJAX, AngularJS, React, R Shiny),
Data visualization libraries (e.g., D3, Vega Lite, Plotly, bokeh)
CI/CD frameworks (e.g., Jenkins, Travis CI), and
Computational workflow management systems (e.g., NextFlow, Snakemake)
Good knowledge of U.S. intellectual property laws.
Collaborative personality with excellent interpersonal skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.

AAP/EEO Statement:
Takara Bio USA, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Information about pay scale may change as market trends are analyzed and/or as applicants are evaluated throughout the hiring process dependent on knowledge, skills, abilities, and geographical location.

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