Bioinformatics Research Scientist

Van Andel Institute
Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core
United StatesMIGrand Rapids


Van Andel Institute (VAI), a nonprofit biomedical research and science education institute, is seeking to hire a full-time Bioinformatics Research Scientist within the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core.

The Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core provides computational and statistical support to the growing number of researchers dedicated to studying cancer, neurodegenerative disease, epigenetics, and metabolomics at VAI. Bioinformatics Research Scientists assist VAI faculty and staff in the collection, management, analysis, visualization and interpretation of biological data; experimental design consulting; data processing and quality analysis; data integration, and evaluation of analytical tools and technology.

We prioritize bioinformaticians with a willingness and ability to independently learn a broad spectrum of methodologies. The following list of typical daily duties and responsibilities represents the diversity and breadth of this position.

Communicate a variety of complex computational, statistical and biological ideas clearly and effectively.
Assist researchers with mining and analysis of diverse private and public databases.
Use R, RStudio, Bioconductor and Snakemake workflows to analyze data using established and novel methods developed by internal and external groups.
Use a Linux High-Performance Compute Cluster (HPCC).
Create and manage scripts or workflows in Python, R, Perl, Bash and Snakemake.

The Van Andel Institute Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core is an energetic, innovative and diverse group of scientists that are passionate about data analysis. This job might be right for a person who:

Establishes and maintains relationships with a wide variety of researchers.
Manages multiple projects with multiple clients and multiple timelines.
Is interested in joining a team of professionals dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge and providing top quality customer service.
Accepts difficult challenges and enjoys finding the best solution, whether it be tried-and-true or cutting edge.
Enjoys collaborating and working as a team. You respect the skills each team member brings to the table while still being able to provide constructive criticism.


To qualify for this position, you need to have at least:

D. in biology, bioinformatics, computational or systems biology, physical or computer science with a focus on bioinformatics or similar breadth of training with Master of Science preferred.
Professional experience (4+ years) working in Linux HPCC with bioinformatics applications
Experience (4+ years) with R and python required. Perl experience will be considered.
Working knowledge of public biological databases (NCBI, ENCODE, ENSEMBL, TCGA, UCSC, etc.)
Experience managing and analyzing large, multidimensional datasets
Familiarity with principles of experimental design and modern data analysis paradigms
Strong interpersonal skills and experience interacting with people of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds
Excellent organizational and time management skills.

Additional helpful experience includes:

Experience developing workflows with Snakemake
Demonstrated contributions to research and a publication record in bioinformatics.
Demonstrated experience using your skillset outside of coursework

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

How to Apply:

If you possess the desired qualification and attributes, we welcome speaking with you and strongly encourage you to apply today!

In your application, provide the following in one combined document:

cover letter highlighting key qualifications,
names and contact information of 3 references.