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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Assistant Scientist, Bioinformatics in Atlanta, Georgia

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Dedicated to discovering causes, prevention, treatments, and cures, Yerkes National Primate Research Center (NPRC) is fighting diseases and improving human health and lives worldwide. One of seven NPRCs funded by the NIH, Yerkes conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible. Learn more at

The Division of Microbiology & Immunology within Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full time Bioinformatics Analyst to join Dr. Steven Bosinger’s lab to work on COVID-19 data analysis. This position will work as part of a large, NIH funded multi-center consortium to use functional genomics to analyze a massive, longitudinal cohort of 1,000 SARS-CoV-2 infected patients. The position will allow for the successful applicant to obtain any necessary additional computational training to complete the project. The position will also be responsible for writing and publishing manuscripts, as well as, leading projects. This position reports directly to Dr. Bosinger.

The Assistant Scientist, Bioinformatics responsibilities will entail:

  • RNA-Seq

  • Single-cell RNA-Seq data

  • Whole genome sequence data

  • 10X Genomics single-cell and phased sequence data

  • T lymphocyte and B lymphocyte repertoire sequences

  • Data from other Next Generation Sequencing applications

  • Management and dissemination of datasets


  • Under minimal supervision, the Assistant Scientist, Bioinformatics performs a wide range of highly technical and complex bioinformatics procedures.

  • Qualification for this position requires demonstrated expertise in designing and developing software, databases, and interfaces for analyzing and manipulating research data applications including expertise with simple programming using Perl/Python or Java, statistical programming, web-development, and database query through SQL.

  • This role collaborates with researchers to develop high throughput data processing and analysis capability.

  • Directs and guides database searches and the computational analysis of resulting data.

  • Provides direct technical support and helps guide, implement, and maintain further improvements to bioinformatics software, databases, and interfaces and works with the entire bioinformatics team to diagnose and fix related issues.

  • May assist in grant and other funding applications, as necessary and appropriate. Demonstrated ability to function as part of a team.

  • Performs other responsibilities as required.


  • PhD in bioinformatics, computer science, biological or physical science and three years of experience.

  • Experience prior to achieving the PhD will be considered.


  • Applicant with a background in bioinformatics and strong computer science with an advanced degree in computational biology, bioinformatics or a related computer science discipline preferredDemonstrable experience writing code to solve biological problemsR/Bioconductor proficiency highly preferredExperience working with RNA-SEq is a significant strength

  • Programming experience in R, Python, Java or PERL is a plus

  • Excellent communication and scientific writing skills

  • Demonstrates the ability to lead projects and write first-author manuscripts


  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse

  • Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals


Yerkes NPRC in conjunction with Emory University conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which may include an INA and criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications, drug screening, and health assessment. Employment is contingent upon a clear background screening.

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Job Number 52884

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Yerkes National Primate Resear

Department YRK: Microbiology & Immunology

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Laboratory

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

Campus Location (For Posting) : Location US-GA-Atlanta