Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Bioinformatics Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308557

Directorate: Earth and Biological Sciences

Division: Biological Sciences Division

Group: Computational Biology

Job Description

The Computational Biology Team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a Bioinformatics Scientist. Expertise in software development, metagenomic sequence analysis, and multidisciplinary research particularly in the analysis of ‘omics data, including genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic data is expected.

The Bioinformatics Scientist will contribute to fundamental science research programs studying microbial communities and environmental microbiology. The candidate will be responsible for data analysis from various high-throughput ‘omics platforms, including DNA/RNA sequence data, proteomics and metabolomics. The position involves work with high performance computing platforms, parallel programming, statistical computing, and data integration methods. The incumbent will assist in computational biology methods development and validation for metagenomic sequence analysis and data integration, work directly with experimental biologists in interdisciplinary teams, and to contribute to presentations and journal articles.

The ideal candidate will be proficient in one or more scripting languages (Perl, Python), as well as one or more statistical computing languages (R or MatLab). He/she should be experienced in software development practices (version control, unit testing, etc.) and should be familiar with parallel programming approaches for high-performance computing and handling large data sets. He/she should have a strong fundamental biology background with significant statistical computing experience and experience in processing and analysis of metagenome data, amplicon data, metatranscriptomics, and/or metaproteomics. The candidate should have excellent communication skills with a demonstrated interest in multi-disciplinary, collaborative research. The candidate should also have an interest in applying new approaches and knowledge to science problems associated with carbon cycling, bioenergy, climate change, and/or the underlying physiological and biological mechanisms governing host-microbiome interactions.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 2 years of experience; MS/MA with 0 years’ experience; PhD with 0 years’ experience

Preferred Qualifications

• Masters’ degree in bioinformatics, microbiology, biochemistry, biostatistics, computer science or engineering with at least 2 years’ experience.

• Significant experience with software development tools (GitHub), parallel programming experience, and Python or R development experience

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Biological Systems Science

Opening Date: 2018-12-13

Closing Date: 2019-02-25