Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Seattle, WASHINGTON
Deadline: Open Until Filled

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The Center for Actionable Variant Analysis currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 1, Informatics.  We are a diverse, driven group developing cutting-edge genomic technologies to quantify the effects of genetic variation at scale, engineer genomes and understand cellular function. The successful candidate will become an integral part of the team. Working with project leaders Dr. Fowler and Dr. Starita and other members of the lab, they will support ongoing projects by developing software tools, databases and pipelines for analyzing data. We are strongly committed to equity and diversity. We strive to empower all lab members to realize their potential by learning, acquiring skills and taking on new challenges.

We are located in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions.  Our people are our most important asset in our pursuit of excellence in education, research, and community service.  Thus, our staff enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities as well as an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Department of Genome Sciences, part of the University of Washington School of Medicine, focuses on answering critical scientific questions by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches. In particular, we are making major contributions in the application of genomics to understand the fundamentals of biology and to improve human health and wellbeing. Genome Sciences boasts a collaborative, integrated environment supported by a diversity of academic disciplines. We also work with a multitude of others both on the UW campus as well as worldwide. The department has been highly successful, expanding since its beginning in 2001 to 62 training, teaching, and research faculty with annual grant awards of $68.5M in FY21.


Summary – Assist in developing and maintaining data analysis pipelines and laboratory information management systems enabling production-scale functional genomics. Assist in developing and maintaining databases, associated APIs, and web applications for sharing data. Collaborate with other developers and a diverse interdisciplinary team including faculty, staff, and outside project collaborators based in different home institutions to define informatics needs for the Center and the external community.

Software maintenance and development - Responsible for contributing to new and existing software tools based on the requirements of users in the Center and the broader scientific community (60%)

Troubleshooting and analysis - Responsible for general troubleshooting alongside other Center researchers to keep analysis processes moving (20%)

Requirements gathering - Support management and technical staff in gathering requirements for software improvements in terms of overall function, fit with laboratory processes, and data reporting and analysis needs (20%)


• Bachelor’s degree in computer science, biology, related field, or equivalent experience
• 3 months experience with research, software development, or analyzing large datasets
• Demonstrated ability to learn new programming languages and frameworks
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Ability to interact with staff, faculty, and students at all levels
• Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic software development environment with minimal supervision


• Experience with Python, Java, or Node.js
• Experience working in diverse computing environments (Linux, MacOS, Windows)
• Experience applying software engineering best practices including unit testing, continuous integration testing, use of project management software and source code management tools
• Basic knowledge of biology, genetics, genomics, or DNA sequencing
• Familiarity with databases or data management

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