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Washington University of St. Louis Bioinformatics Scientist - Molecular Microbiology - 48876 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Molecular Microbiology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


This opportunity is in the lab of Dr. Shabaana Khader, Department of Molecular Microbiology and located at MPRB Building on the Medical School Campus. The interest of this lab is investigation of parameters that mediate protective immunity to the pulmonary infectious disease, tuberculosis. This position will assist in developing and conducting research projects, including experiment design, data analysis, and documentation of experiment results.


  1. Design, develops and implements:
  2. Algorithms and computer software for omics-based data sets [high-throughput, massively parallel genomic/proteomic/clinical.
  3. Data management and analysis solutions that aid in the storage, investigation, and dissemination of large data sets.
  4. Independent research projects, including design of research protocols and development of procedures for the collection, verification, and management of data.
  5. Performs complex systems analysis of data and writes interpretative reports.
  6. Evaluates commercial and academic bioinformatics software.
  7. Trains other researchers on the everyday use of analysis software and research databases.
  8. Assists with grant preparation and reporting of methods, data, and results.
  9. Solves practical problems relating to difficulties with equipment or test subjects; suggests technical or procedural improvements in testing method.
  10. Independently analyze genomic, transcriptional and single cell sequencing datasets that relate to the disease tuberculosis (See Ahmed et al, 2020 Science Translational Medicine).

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, bioinformatics, biostatistics, or related field plus four years of experience; OR master’s degree in computer science, bioinformatics, biostatistics, or related field plus two years of experience; OR combined education and experience of nine years.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in computer science or related field.
  • Analytical, reasoning, and problem-solving skills.
  • Good understanding of computational biology, probabilistic models, statistics, machine learning, and discrete mathematics.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret large complex data sets, such as genome sequences, microarray gene expression studies, human genetic studies, and model organism studies, and to communicate data in a clear, concise manner.
  • Expertise in standard bioinformatics tools.
  • Proficiency in scientific programming languages (e.g., Python, R, Perl, Java), in a UNIX/Linux and/or Windows environment.
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified. Management reserves the right to revise or amend duties at any time.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $53,830 - $72,675 annually.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Bioinformatics Scientist - Molecular Microbiology - 48876

Job ID: 48876

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular