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    Opportunity: Bioinformatics Field Applications Scientist (FAS) @ Pacific Biosciences -- Baltimore, Boston, New York City (US)
    Submitted by Pacific Biosciences; posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013


    Pacific Biosciences is seeking a Bioinformatics Field Applications Scientist with a strong customer focus to support bioinformatics training and analysis for collaborators and customers using SMRT® sequencing data. The candidate will employ expertise in bioinformatics, data analysis, biological insight, and software engineering. The ability to communicate with customers both pre- and post-sales; interact with marketing; internal support and development; and communicate results to diverse audiences are important aspects of this role. This scientist will be working in a fast-paced commercial environment, interacting with customers, other scientists and engineers from a wide variety of backgrounds. This individual is a partner to the customer in the understanding and analysis of data derived through use of next-generation high throughput sequencing systems. The position is field based.


    • Train bioinformatics customers and collaborators on PacBio data characteristics, target applications, and PacBio and other open source academic tools
    • Assist customers and collaborators in experimental design and analysis to promote the use of the Pacific Biosciences instrumentation in their laboratories
    • Problem-solve to overcome technical challenges (including basic Linux operation, Pacific Biosciences analysis software, and operation of bioinformatics analysis pipelines)
    • Provide timely technical and application assistance in response to customer inquiries
    • Utilize and integrate both Pacific Biosciences tools and open source academic tools to help analyze data in support of customers
    • Provide scientific and applications feedback to marketing, development and sales
    • Assist sales and support in pre-sales functions as well as working with customers to understand and integrate their work flows
    • Conduct scientific presentations to internal and external audiences
    • Work with marketing and R&D teams to continually improve the bioinformatics capabilities and workflows associated with next generation sequencing data to support use of the platform in general and in strategic application areas


    • Min. Master's degree, PhD Preferred in bioinformatics, life science, statistics, and/or computer science degree
    • Experience with Next Generation Sequencing analysis and pipelines
    • 3+ years experience in bioinformatics. Familiarity with a scripting language such as Perl or Python is preferred. Familiarity with a statistical package such as R or Matlab is preferred
    • Intermediate level of experience in Unix operating systems
    • Ability and willingness travel up to 50%
    • Strong presentation and communication skills required
    • Sufficient familiarity with the paper publication process and associated experimental design requirements.
    • Strong trouble-shooting abilities
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
    • Customer minded individual with the empathy to understand customer concerns
    • Team player who can effectively integrate internal and field based activities across functions to support customer requirements


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