The VARI Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core provides computational and statistical research support to the growing number of scientists dedicated to studying cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and epigenetics at Van Andel Research Institute. We process and analyze next generation sequencing data, aid in experimental design, perform statistical simulations, develop automated image processing tools, and more. We are a one-stop, custom-design shop dedicated to finding a solution. To ensure quality, expeditious assistance for such diverse requests and responsibilities, we are looking for a full-time Bioinformatics Scientist to join our team.
As a Bioinformatics Scientist on our team, your first and foremost responsibility will be to work closely with scientists on the design, processing, and analysis of next-generation sequencing studies. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Any given day might include:
- Meeting with a scientist to discuss a grant
- Developing a web-based variant browser for the reporting of NGS results
- Wrangling data into a useable format
- Reading the latest literature on a new variant caller or integrating –omics data
- Building and testing a ChIP-seq pipeline
- Patiently explaining to a researcher why an experiment failed
- Making an innovative figure for a manuscript
- Spinning up a next generation sequencing pipeline on our High Performance Computing cluster
- Writing an html report for your latest RNA sequencing project
- Leading a workshop on how to use R or Python
- Brainstorming with fellow teammates new ideas for making the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core better
The Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core is a young group still finding its way. This job might be right for you if:
You are interested in helping to build a sustainable team dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge and providing top quality customer service. This is an opportunity to leave your mark.
You love taking on difficult challenges and finding the best solution whether it be tried-and-true or cutting edge.
You enjoy helping others. Taking a few moments to explain how sequencing works makes you feel warm and fuzzy. You are patient and levelheaded.
You pay attention to detail. Every analysis, big or small, is worth doing well, every single time.
You are motivated and driven. You take ownership of your projects. You like learning new things and advancing your skillset. If you don’t know the answer, you’ll dig until you find it.
You play well with others. You enjoy collaborating and working as a team. You respect the skills each team member brings to the table while still being willing to provide constructive criticism.