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Department of Biological Chemistry - Bioinformatics Research Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open October 18th, 2019 through Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


Bioinformatics Research Specialist for the UCI Microbiome Initiative

The Microbiome Initiative ( at the University of California, Irvine, is seeking a bioinformatics associate to collaborate with scientists in the development and application of data-analysis pipelines for microbial community (microbiome) sequence analysis methods. Final candidate will be hired into the Specialist series. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Looking for selected candidate to start as early as February 1, 2020

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Work closely with Initiative staff to program, test, and update bioinformatics pipelines.
• Consult with UCI faculty, researchers, and students to design experiments and process their data.
• Routinely run pipelines to process microbiome data and generate reports.
• Maintain technical materials, protocols, and application notes on data analysis.

Education and Experience
• Holds a Bachelor's or Master's degree (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Statistics, or related discipline. Applicants with a strong biological background, with emphasis on analysis of large biological datasets are strongly encouraged.
• Competent in statistical and data science programming (ideally using the R language).
• Familiar with Linux/Unix operating systems and running/scripting applications from the command line.
• Ability to simultaneously manage and execute multiple projects.
• Willingness to follow best-practices for code documentation and revision control.

Ability to program competently in Python, and R including plotting, regressions, and hypothesis testing. Ability to script the execution of applications in a Linux command-line environment. Must be highly organized, attentive to details, possess excellent communication skills and be proficient in Excel and Word.

Research experience with microbiome data.

Core Competencies
• Scientific knowledge
• Interpersonal skills
• Team player
• Communication skills - verbal and written
• Listening skills
• Problem analysis and problem-solving
• Attention to detail and accuracy
• Data collection
• Customer service orientation
• Adaptability
• Initiative
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
• Ongoing scientific reading habits

To Apply: Interested candidates should apply through UC Irvine's RECRUIT system located at:

Each application must contain the following items:

• CV detailing research experience, publications, any fellowships obtained during the training period, and other relevant information
• Cover Letter
• Brief statement of research interests and future goals
• Statement of Contributions to Diversity
• Names of 3 references that are familiar with the research experience of the candidate and can provide letters of recommendation upon request

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)