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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Biological Data Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311992

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Biological Sciences

Group: Microbiome Science Team

Job Description

The Microbiome Science Team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a soil microbiome scientist to join our team. Expertise in soil ecology, virology, bioinformatics, analysis of omic data, biomarker discovery, software development, statistics and working in multidisciplinary teams are highly relevant.

The microbiome scientist will contribute to diverse fundamental science research programs studying microbial communities and environmental microbiology with an emphasis on viral biology. The candidate will be responsible for experimental design and data analysis from various high-throughput ‘omics platforms, such as DNA/RNA sequence data, proteomics and metabolomics. The position involves technical work with complex multi-omics data from ongoing studies, focusing on application of methods for data integration, and machine learning. The incumbent will define and carry out the application of existing methodologies and original research in machine learning and data science largely focused in the area of omics technologies, however the candidate should have a breadth of skills to work on diverse data types. In addition to technical research, this position expects participation and career development in task management, proposal writing, business development, and publishing.

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in microbiology, virology, statistics and programming. The candidate should have good communication skills with a demonstrated capability to perform multi-disciplinary, collaborative research. The candidate should also have an interest in applying new approaches and knowledge to science problems associated with human health, bioenergy, and carbon cycling.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics or a closely related field.

  • Significant experience with software development tools (GitHub) and Python or R development experience.

  • Must be highly proficient in at least on programming language (Python, R, e.g.) and have experience in software development practices (version control, unit testing, etc.).

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

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Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Biological Systems Science

Opening Date: 2021-04-14

Closing Date: 2021-05-25