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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Computational Biologist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309982

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Biological Sciences

Group: Biological Systems Science

Job Description

The Computational Biology Team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a computational biologist to join our team. Expertise in bioinformatics, statistics, analysis of multi-omic data, biomarker discovery, data management, software development, and working in multidisciplinary teams are highly relevant.

The Computational Biologist will contribute to diverse fundamental science research programs studying human health problems such as cancer and infectious diseases as well as 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 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 biology 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 fundamental biology background with significant statistical computing experience and experience in processing and analysis of high-throughput data. The candidate should have excellent 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. They should be highly proficient in at least on programming language (Python, R, Perl, e.g.) and have experience in software development practices (version control, unit testing, etc.).

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 0 years of experience

  • PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

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

  • Significant experience with software development tools (GitHub) 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: Computational Biology

Opening Date: 2019-10-10

Closing Date: 2019-11-20