Exact Sciences Corporation

Bioinformatics Scientist II

Job Locations US-AZ-Phoenix
Req No.
2020-6817
Category
Research & Development
Type
Regular Full-Time

Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Bioinformatics Scientist II is a creative person who will conduct the development of data mining algorithms and tools using proprietary data and databases for scientific research and cancer biomarker discovery. The position offers exciting opportunity and significant growth potential within an innovative and dynamic genomic diagnostics company. The candidate should be experienced with next-generation sequencing data analysis, algorithm development, and bioinformatics programming with Python. Strong computational, mathematical, logical skills, and proven project experience with large genomic datasets are essential.  This position will interact with the teams in the R&D, Information Technology, and Clinical departments. Good oral and written communication skills are required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop novel and traditional bioinformatics tools to analyze next-generation sequencing data for biomarker discovery and clinical testing.
  • Mine and analyze public and proprietary genomic data for cancer biomarker discovery using publicly available and custom developed tools.
  • Develop analysis pipelines for clinical next-generation sequencing testing.
  • Provide feedback to the R&D team on experimental design strategies.
  • Develop bioinformatics computing and data infrastructure for new technology platforms.
  • Participate as a key member of a multi-functional team including scientists, engineers, and clinicians that spans discovery, development, and clinical testing.
  • Uphold company mission and values through accountability, innovation, integrity, quality, and teamwork.
  • Support and comply with the company’s Quality Management System policies and procedures.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to integrate and apply feedback in a professional manner.
  • Ability to prioritize and drive to results with a high emphasis on quality.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Unique creativity and willingness to attempt novel solutions to problems.
  • Strong oral and written skills in scientific subjects.
  • Strong communicator with ability to maintain open communication with internal employees, managers, and customers as needed.
  • Ability to project bioinformatics with large genomic datasets.
  • Ability to data mine with artificial neural networks, random forests, and autoencoders.
  • Ability to work on a mobile device, tablet, or in front of a computer screen and/or perform typing for approximately 90% of a typical working day.
  • Considerable periods of time may be spent concentrating and or analyzing data.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds for approximately 5% of a typical working day.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics, engineering, mathematics, bioinformatics, computer science, or related technical field. 
  • 5+ years of experience bioinformatics, biology, mathematics, data mining, or engineering.
  • 2+ years of experience with statistics.
  • Excellent skills in Linux shell scripting.
  • Solid understanding of the multiple comparisons problem and overfitting.
  • Strong skills in mathematics, logic, and statistics.
  • Authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the Essential Duties of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Statistics, Data Mining, Mathematics, Engineering, or similar field of study.
  • 2+ years of experience with next-generation sequencing data analysis.
  • 2+ years of experience in the medical or biological field.
  • 1+ years of experience with public databases (e.g., NCBI, UCSC, gnomAD, etc).
  • 2+ years of experience in Amazon Web Services (AWS) or other cloud based architecture.
  • Strong knowledge of next-generation sequencing data formats.
  • Project experiences with gene expression analysis and methylation analysis.
  • Experience with Apache Airflow.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state or federal law. Applicable portions of the Company’s affirmative action program are available to any applicant or employee for inspection upon request.

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