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Bioinformatics Scientist, Cancer Genomics

New York Genome Center
Job Location
101 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
United States
Job Description

This position at the New York Genome Center is within the computational biology group and will report to the Director, Computational Biology, Cancer and Functional Genomics. As a Bioinformatics Scientist, you will be responsible for the analyses of cancer genome samples sequenced at NYGC. This includes the maintenance, benchmarking, and continuous improvement of our analysis pipelines, as well as participation in the downstream analyses. Additionally, you will apply and implement various tools and algorithms to analyze cancer sequencing data, collaborate with NYGC staff on developing new tools and with external investigators on the integration of genomics results within their scientific projects. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to setup, management and maintenance of next generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis pipelines;
  • Analyze sequencing data using the established pipeline(s);
  • Develop and implement innovative computational approaches for the analysis of large sequence datasets from NGS technologies;
  • Collaborate and consult with external and internal researchers on the analyses of NGS data;
  • Interpret and present the results of the computational and statistical analyses to collaborators and coworkers;
  • Work with the software engineering team to ensure pipeline upgrades and new pipelines are properly implemented in our production workflow manager;
  • Assist collaborators with data access, analysis, and interpretation;
  • Supervise and guide bioinformatics analysts/programmers;
  • Participate in grant application writing;
  • Publish results in scientific journals and give presentations at conferences;
  • Participate in community outreach.
  • Stay current on innovations in DNA sequencing analysis;
  • PhD. or Masters with 5 years experience in bioinformatics, computational biology, genetics, computer science or similar;
  • 3 or more years work experience in Bioinformatics and Genomics with experience in cancer genomics;
  • Experience managing and working with next generation sequencing data required;
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the use of existing bioinformatics tools and biological databases;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Proficiency in python and R required, and one or more programming languages such as Perl, Java, or C/C++ desirable, as well as willingness to learn new programming languages as necessary to collaborate at NYGC;
  • Experience working in Linux and running tasks in a cluster environment (e.g. SGE) required;
  • Experience working in teams centered around a biological question and with external collaborators required;
  • Experience with design of sequence analysis algorithms desirable;


  • Technical and Professional Skills: Consistently demonstrates skills and knowledge relevant for current role; strives to expand the depth and breadth of technical and professional skills; works with a high level of integrity; exhibits focus and discipline; appropriately prioritizes, manages expectations and delivers on commitments.
  • Collaborative & Communicative: Models collaboration and teamwork; brings out the best in others; effectively works with all levels, internally and externally; respects and embraces diversity of perspective; communicates clearly and listens carefully; uses good judgment as to what to communicate and when to do so.
  • Adaptable & Innovative: Adaptable and embraces change; develops new insights and pursues improvements and efficiency; fosters exchange of new ideas and willing to challenge the status quo; takes initiative and is solution-oriented; engages in work with passion and curiosity.

FLSA Status – Exempt

This position is eligible for visa sponsorship and relocation assistance.

Job LocationNew York, New York, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


How to Apply

Please apply here

About Our Organization

About the New York Genome Center 

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s), and cancer.

Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with twelve leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region and beyond, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.

The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. The New York Genome Center takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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