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    Opportunity: Software Engineer, Bioinformatician at the Institute for Systems Biology--Seattle, WA (US)
    Submitted by Human Resources; posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007

    BACKGROUND:The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is an internationally renowned non-profit research institute dedicated to the study and application of systems biology. Founded in 2000 in Seattle, Washington, ISB�s goal is to unravel the mysteries of cellular networks and identify strategies that will usher in a new era of P4 Medicine (predictive, preventive, participatory and personalized medicine).

    The Computational Core group of the "Systems Approach to Immunity and Inflammation" project seeks qualified candidates from the sciences or engineering to join its growing bioinformatics team. The project is a five-year, multi-institutional collaboration investigating mammalian immunity using a systems biology approach. The Computational Core is responsible for the computational biology and informatics aspects of the project, including research, application development, and data analysis support.

    RESPONSIBILITIES: The applicant must have excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English. In addition, the applicant must be an independent learner, able to work in a team environment, and both quality- and detail-oriented. The applicant should possess a bachelors or masters-level degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, computer science, or engineering. Additionally, the applicant should have a strong background in computational biology or bioinformatics � either formal training or at least two years' work experience in one of these fields. The applicant must be highly proficient in computer programming and conversant in standard software engineering practices and development processes. Unix/Linux command-line and scripting proficiency is required. Knowledge of statistics (undergraduate level) and the ability to work with a variety of different biological data types are also highly desired.


    Highly desired computational skills include:
    � Scripting language programming (Perl, Python, or Ruby)
    � MATLAB or R statistical computing language
    � Object-oriented programming (Java, C++, or C#)
    � Experience with Web application development in a Unix/Linux environment (Linux/Apache/MySQL/Perl stack or similar)
    � SQL and RDBMS-based application development
    Highly desired bioinformatics skills include:
    � Genome sequence analysis tools and techniques
    � Microarray expression data analysis tools and techniques
    � Experience working with public interaction/pathway databases such as HPRD, BIND, KEGG, etc.
    � Experience retrieving, manipulating and managing data from public data repositories such as NCBI, UCSC, and Ensembl.

    LOCALE: Seattle, WA (Fremont neighborhood)

    COMPENSATION: The salary range for this position is $45,000 to $55,000 annually with excellent benefits.

    HOW TO APPLY: The applicant should include a resume and a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement summarizing her/his interests and experience in bioinformatics or computational biology.

    Please visit the Careers page of our website at for application instructions. Please include Job # 07-052 in all correspondence regarding this position.

    ISB is an M/F/D/V/EOE.

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