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    Opportunity: Open-rank Research Technologist, Bioinformatician @ Arizona State University -- Tempe, AZ (US)
    Submitted by Elaina Thomas; posted on Friday, May 28, 2021


    The Biodesign Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics is seeking an Open-Rank Research Technologist, Bioinformatician in Dr. Efrem Lim's lab ( The Lim lab is conducting SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance studies by using next-generation sequencing to decode the SARS-CoV-2 virus genome of COVID-19 cases. This information is used to track how the virus is evolving and identify new variants. Variants may harbor mutations that affect antibody responses, binding ability to the host cell receptor, diagnostic tests and COVID-19 disease. Hence, genomic sequencing surveillance has broad impacts for public health responses.

    The candidate will be joining an experienced bioinformatics team to analyze next-generation sequencing data of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences and study the evolution of the virus using phylogenetics. To improve the usefulness of these genomic data on the ground, the team will be developing an app tool to analyze sequences and report important mutations. This will be deployed as a dashboard to visualize emergent trends of SARS-CoV-2 in the US. The lab has extensive experience in SARS-CoV-2 variants. For example, the Lim lab identified the first B.1.1.7 cases in Arizona and the newly emergent Arizona variant B.1.243.1.


    Required Qualifications:
    • Master's degree in relevant field (computational biology, bioinformatics and/or computer science) preferred and years of experience commensurate with rank (Assistant = 0-3 years of related experience; Associate = 3-5 years of related experience; Full = 5-7 years of related experience)
    Desired Qualifications:
    • Strong programming experience
    • Ability to work in a team and good communication skills
    • Experience with next-generation sequencing datasets and/or dashboard development will be helpful


    Application Instructions:
    Only electronic submissions will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must contain:
    • A detailed cover letter that includes a description of the applicant's research and teaching interests and administrative experience (limited to 4 pages);
    • A current Curriculum Vitae; and
    • Complete contact information for three professional references (include name, title, affiliation, e-mail address, phone number).
    Review of applications will begin June 17, 2021 and, if not filled, a review will occur every Friday thereafter until the search is closed. Official transcripts and a background check are required for employment.

    Open Date: May 27, 2021

    Application Process:
    This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

    Apply Now:

    Tempe, AZ

    Arizona State University: Office of the Executive Vice President Knowledge Enterprise: Biodesign Institute: Biodesign FAM


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