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Research Scientist, Bioinformatics

Company: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Job Description:

WE'RE DRIVING TOWARD THE ULTIMATE VICTORY: A WORLD WITHOUT THE FEAR OF CANCER.The candidate will lead bioinformatics projects in areas such as analyzing high-throughput drug screens to identify novel therapies; analyzing NGS datasets (bulk and single-cell sequencing) and setting up computational models for predicting pharmacogenomic interactions.

Top priorities and responsibilities:

1. Perform data analysis for ongoing research projects.
2. Design and implement programs and procedures for applying bioinformatics techniques to solve ongoing research problems.
3. Develop (or procure), implement and maintain bioinformatics tools to support ongoing research projects.
4. Design and maintain stores of curated data according to the needs of ongoing research projects.
5. Play a lead role in defining data requirements for new research projects.
6. Actively participate in defining Varian s life sciences research agenda.
7. Collaborate with other Varian business units as a subject matter expert when needed.
8. Conduct all activities and interactions with the highest ethical and professional standards, ensuring all work is accomplished with quality and in accordance with Varian values, legal and regulatory requirements, codes of conduct, and standard operating procedures.

Requirements:

- PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, (bio)statistics, or equivalent experience and training
- 3+ years' experience working with large data sets using Python/Jupyter or R
- 3+ years' experience driving bioinformatics projects from conception to execution, ability to come up with analysis plan independently
- Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
- Essential educational qualifications, professional accreditations, or skills:
- Deep understanding of machine learning and statistics as applied to biological datasets
- Proficiency with Unix, Git, and other command line tools for screen analysis
- Ability to set up and run NGS pipelines (for example, experience working with Fast QC, Skewer/Trimmomatic and BWA mem to process raw NGS data)
- Ability to analyze NGS data (for example, for RNAseq: HT seq count, EdgeR/DEseq2; and for DNAseq: Free Bayes, Mutect, Haplotype caller, Cosmic)
- Experience with data mining in drug sensitivity databases such as NIH Lincs

Desirable:

- Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple, simultaneous projects is highly desirable
- Demonstrated ability to consistently meet goals with little supervision is highly desirable.

We're unleashing the power of technology and human ingenuity to achieve new victories in the fight against cancer. Join us and have a global impact.

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Keywords: Varian Medical Systems, Inc., Palo Alto , Research Scientist, Bioinformatics, Other , Palo Alto, California

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