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    Opportunity: Sr. Bioinformatics Engineer, Next Generation Breeding @ Driscoll's -- Watsonville, CA (US)
    Submitted by Cassandra Carvajal; posted on Saturday, February 22, 2020

    BACKGROUND

    The Senior Bioinformatics Engineer, Next Generation Breeding will be responsible for applying the tools of bioinformatics, computer science, and high performance computing to accelerate traditional plant breeding. This role will work together with a small creative team to design and maintain existing tools, create new tools and conduct research. Responsibilities include discovery and application work including algorithm development, deployment, and database development. This role will also plan and assure completion of complex projects involving cross-functional teams, and will stay current with the newest bioinformatics techniques that would aid Driscoll's in accomplishing our mission.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    Research:
    • Work with the next generation breeding team to develop algorithms that assist in the analysis of genetic and genomic data.
    • Apply open-source software and develop custom algorithms to genetic and genomic data sets to aid in discovery of marker-trait associations.
    • Develop database systems capable of primary data storage and export for secondary analysis with other tools.
    • Facilitate interaction with Driscoll's IS (Information Services) department to maintain/enhance molecular databases and to secure primary data integrity.
    Collaboration/Communication:
    • Establish collaborative relationships with other researchers in the field through attendance of conferences and symposia.
    • Occasional travel to locations in the European Union will be required.
    General:
    • Follow Company policies and practices while representing Driscoll's in an ethical and business-like manner in all interactions with employees, governmental agencies, growers, customers, etc.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    REQUIREMENTS

    • Master's degree in Mathematics or Computer Science with 5+ years of work experience
    • Proficiency in Java, C++, and PostgreSQL
    • Strong knowledge of Linux and bash shell scripting
    • Experience with high performance computing environments in Linux
    • Experience with routine Linux systems administration
    • Experience with R
    • Experience with Python or another scripting language is a plus.
    • Knowledge of genetics and genomics is highly desired.
    • Experience in the analysis of whole genome sequence data or genotyping by sequencing data is a plus.
    • Experience in bioinformatics
    • Experience planning complex projects involving cross-functional or interdisciplinary teams
    • Individual must possess the ability to develop strong trust in all working relationships.
    • Demonstrated ability to successfully work in a cross-functional team environment
    • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal, and presentation
    • Some travel will be required.
    • A California driver's license and the ability to be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program are also required.
    • Passport and the ability to travel internationally without restrictions is also required.

    LOCALE

    Watsonville, CA (Northern California coastal area)

    COMPENSATION

    DOE

    ABOUT US

    About Driscoll's

    Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

    Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

    Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™. For more information, please visit our website at www.driscolls.com.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Please visit our website and apply directly to Job ID R0002420:

    www.driscolls.com/abou[...]reers

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