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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Computational Biology in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312362

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Biological Sciences

Group: Computational Biology

Job Description

The systems biology team at PNNL is a diverse multi-disciplinary group that works with scientists across the computational biology group and throughout the lab to identify novel algorithmic approaches to biological and technological challenges. Currently our work spans diverse biological area such as microbiology, cancer biology, toxicology, and rational drug design. The group is heavily interdisciplinary with many ongoing projects within and outside of the lab.

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to help identify drug candidates through the development of computational algorithms aimed at integrating high throughput data (transcriptomics, proteomics) with functional drug screening data to improve patient outcomes in cancer and rare disease. This candidate should have a strong algorithmic background as well as knowledge of machine learning approaches and high throughput biological assays. We work closely with clinical collaborators and focus on tangible scientific problems with testable hypotheses.

This postdoc will be responsible for interacting with scientists in the group as well as collaborators, helping meet project requirements, developing code to implement new ideas, and applying appropriate statistical and/or bioinformatic approaches to problems defined by the projects. They will also be expected to assist in the writing of manuscripts that describe project work/results and have excellent communication skills.

Desired candidates have a strong programming background and are familiar with the basics of data manipulation as well as machine learning and/or statistical approaches to analyze high throughput data.

Qualifications, Skills, and/or Training Necessary for Position:

Python or R programming

Machine learning background

Basic understanding of statistics

Code versioning tools

Strong communication skills

Experience leading research projects

Basic understanding of biology

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD degree in computer science, bioinformatics, or applied math.

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: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Computational Biology

Opening Date: 2021-07-13

Closing Date: 2021-08-11