Computational Scientist / Bioinformatician


Berkeley, CA

Industry: Business Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 347 days ago


This position has primary responsibility for providing statistical and analytical bioinformatics expertise and interpretation to the scientific research programs at Aduro Biotech.


  • Analyze large-scale datasets such as raw microarray data (miRNA and mRNA), genomic and RNA sequence data, cytometry and proteomics data for clinical or basic research purposes.
  • Perform integrative analyses of different data types including genomic, molecular, cellular, proteomics and clinical.
  • Consult with researchers to analyze problems, recommend technology-based solutions, or determine computational strategies.
  • Manipulate publicly accessible, commercial, or proprietary genomic, proteomic, or post-genomic databases.
  • Compile data for use in activities such as gene expression profiling and cell-type gene expression deconvolution bioinformatics.
  • Create novel computational approaches and analytical tools as required by research goals.
  • Create or modify web-based bioinformatics tools.
  • Design and applybioinformatics algorithms including unsupervised and supervised machine learning, dynamic programming, or graphic algorithms.
  • Develop data models and databases.
  • Develop or evaluate new software applications or customize existing applications to meet specific scientific project needs.
  • Improve user interfaces to bioinformatics software and databases.
  • Instruct others in the selection and use of bioinformatics tools.
  • Provide statistical and computational tools for biologically based activities such as genetic analysis, measurement of gene expression, and gene function determination.
  • Keep abreast of new algorithms, technologies  or softwares by reading scientific literature and attending professional conferences.
  • Communicate research results through conference presentations, scientific publications, or project reports.


  • PhD degree in Statistics, Biostatistics, Computer Science or Bioinformatics, and 5 years relevant experience.
  • Experience in next-generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis, microarray data analysis (miRNA and mRNA), experimental design, data integration, algorithm development, development of sequence analysis tools (bioinformatics programming), evaluation of analytical tools and technology.
  • Experience in statistical packages (e.g. R/SAS) and other commonly used visualization and pathway analysis software packages such as DAVID, CytoSCAPE and Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) analytics.
  • Experience in developing computational algorithms and systems to support clinical research including proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, and clinical bioinformatics and analyses.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interrogate large data sets and address biological hypotheses.
  • Strong programming and software engineering skills are required for this position including competence in Python,  R and database query language (ie MySQL) .
  • Bioinformatics expertise in biomedical research such as cancer biology, stem cell biology and immunology would be highly desirable.
  • A proven track record of “omics” data analysis, independent collaborative work and leading contributions to a biological discipline is preferred.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a dynamic high performance research team environment. 
  • Creative contributor eager to learn new technologies and science.
  • Excellent communication skills including skills necessary to present at the conferences and workshops, write study designs, analytical methods and analysis results.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with both  computational and bench scientists are essential for success in this collaborative role