Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Research Associate, Bioinformatics Group

Benaroya Research Institute

Seattle, WA

ID: 7089573
Posted: November 22, 2021
Application Deadline: January 21, 2022

Job Description

Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) has a bold mission: Predict, prevent, reverse and cure immune system diseases, from autoimmune disease to cancer to COVID-19. We examine the immune system in both health and disease to understand how disorders start and how to rebalance the immune system back to health. Equipped with innovative tools and robust biorepositories, our team chips away at the biggest mysteries behind these conditions to work toward our vision of a healthy immune system for all. As an independent non-profit organization within Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, we collaborate with clinicians to accelerate the path from innovative lab discoveries to life-changing patient care.

At BRI, each role is valued and an important contributor to the vision and mission. BRI is committed to a safe, caring and diverse workplace; as well as to taking action to further our commitments to foster inclusion, equity and belonging so employees feel comfortable bringing their full selves to work. Consider making a difference, join our team. Because together, we are Powering Possibility.

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Combatting Immune Disease Through Systems Analysis

Come join our team and help fight immune diseases

We need individuals to apply cutting edge big data approaches to study of the human immune system. We believe that understanding how the immune system is broken in diseases like cancer and autoimmunity will lead to better patient care.

We are looking for highly motivated and creative individuals who enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team-oriented environment to use Systems Biology approaches to help discover new mechanisms, biomarkers, and therapies for immune diseases.

Successful candidates will receive a unique system of co-mentoring. They will reside in the Center for Systems Immunology at BRI and receive primary mentorship and training there. They will also collaborate closely with and be co-mentored by world class investigators expert in varied immune diseases and disease models throughout the Institute and elsewhere.

The Bioinformatics Group in the Center for Systems Immunology is seeking Postdoctoral Fellows. These individuals will drive project teams performing RNA-seq profiling (single cell and bulk), and/or cytometric studies (flow and mass) of immune cells in autoimmune disease and cancer.

The Bioinformatics Group is broadly engaged in basic and applied studies using complex systems theory, high throughput techniques as well as mathematical and computational tools to understand the functioning of the immune system in health and disease. The group works closely with informaticians and immunologists in many groups at BRI, resulting in a rich environment for quantitative, computational, and laboratory collaborations in immune disease research.

Funding is available for two years, contingent upon periodic reviews, with an expectation of extension and expansion. Opportunities for training, conference attendance and lead authorship publications are available. Importantly, Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellows at BRI are paid above the national average for their peers.

• Knowledge of modern experimental biological science.
• Fundamental understanding of the application of statistics to scientific data.
• Experience with statistical tools (R, SAS, Matlab) and/or scripting or higher-level programming languages (Shell, Python, Perl, Java).
• Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

A successful candidate for this position will have a recent or anticipated Ph.D. degree in bioinformatics, biostatistics, or life science, with a strong understanding of the principals of biology and bioinformatics. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) is an internationally recognized medical research institute committed to finding a cure for autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases, through a combination of basic and translational research programs. This means you can contribute to scientific advances that have a direct impact on people afflicted with these diseases, including type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, allergies, and asthma. BRI research leadership has identified Bioinformatics as a key enabling technology, so there is broad and strong support for the analysis, and visualization of research data.

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