Research Scientist, Bioinformatics

Washington D.C.
Commensurate with experience
February 15 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Research Scientist, Bioinformatics

Located in the heart of Washington D.C. on the George Washington Foggy Bottom campus, the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health has a new, state-of-the-art laboratory in the GW Science and Engineering Hall. Through multidisciplinary research involving innovative clinicians, researchers (dry and wet lab), and other professionals, the Liu Lab is seeking understand the role of the microbiome in modifying host susceptibility to important human pathogens ranging from HIV to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) through large longitudinal observational studies.

We are seeking a highly motivated, skilled, and collaborative computational biologist to contribute to multiple NIH-funded microbiome research projects. The position provides opportunity to (i) develop bioinformatics/statistics method for microbiome data analysis, multi-omics and clinical data integration (ii) apply existing and/or new methods to large scale datasets from multiple US and international cohorts and studies, and (iii) work in a high-performance computing environment.

The successful applicant will be an innovative researcher with a collaborative attitude, and strong self-management skills, as the individual will participate in multiple projects at any given time. The successful applicant will have excellent track record in (meta-)omics data analysis and strong dedication to scientific research.

This position works under limited supervision of the PI.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop bioinformatics/statistics methods for microbiome data analysis, multi-omics and clinical data integration 
  • Testing and Incorporation of the analysis methods as pipelines in web accessible solutions or Python/R packages. 
  • Apply existing and/or new methods to large-scale next-generation sequencing datasets generated within a wide range of cohorts as well as in international projects. 
  • The candidate is expected to be able to setup, use, maintain, modify and/or troubleshoot microbiome analysis pipelines and databases for sequence and biosample information (SQL, MYSQL, or other database languages)
  • Participate in scientific presentation and manuscript preparation
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates will hold a master’s degree/PhD and at least 5 years of experience in a related discipline, to include at least 2 years of research and/or college level teaching in a field basic to the work to be performed. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

Desired Qualifications


  • Ph.D. or Masters in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Data mining or related field.
  • Demonstrated computer-programming skills in Java and/or scripting languages such as Perl and/or Python. 
  • Knowledge of Unix/Linux/Mac OS X/Windows platforms.
  • Relational database expertise including SQL and schema design.
  • Experience in metagenomic or microbiome data analysis, preferably applied towards large datasets.


  • 3+ years experience in Bioinformatics, including independent algorithm/software development and analysis of next-generation microbial sequencing data.
  • Undergraduate or graduate coursework in Microbiology, Biology, or related topics such as Epidemiology
  • Knowledge of C/C++, R/S-plus.
  • Ability to apply statistical and machine learning techniques to solve “big data” problems

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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