Computational Biologist

University of British Columbia
Job Location
Vancouver, BC
Job Description

A Computational Biologist position is available in Dr. Martin Hirst’s Epigenomics lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia, Canada.

This position is ideally suited to a creative individual with a strong interest in the operation and management of cutting edge software for biological applications within an academic setting.  Incumbent would be responsible for data management, conversion and analysis of next-generation sequence datasets using open source informatic tools. 



  • Operating and improving a state of the art next generation sequencing data analysis pipeline
  • Tracking and informatics management of large volumes of data with data footprints of up to 100Gb per experiment.
  • Performing sequence alignments, file merges and quality filtering using standardized tools.
  • Converting sequence alignments to normalized read densities and performing pairwise differential analysis. 
  • Contributing to scientific grant proposals, presentations and publications
  • Experience working in a Unix environment, including experience with shell scripting and common command-line tools
  • Expertise in one or more scripting language(s) (e.g. Python, Perl, R, awk, C)
  • Familiarity with the development and maintenance of relational databases
  • Experience working with next-generation sequencing data and tools would be an asset (i.e. tools for alignment and variant-calling)
  • Experience with statistical software, software testing, and cluster computing would also be assets
How to Apply

Applicants should apply through the following link:

UBC Job opening ID: 21895

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