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Computational Biologist (UBC)

Job Code: CB UBC

A Computational Biologist position is available in Dr. Martin Hirst’s Epigenomics lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia, Canada. This position is ideally suited to a creative individual with a strong interest in the operation and management of cutting edge software for biological applications within an academic setting. Incumbent would be responsible for data management, conversion and analysis of next-generation sequence datasets using open source informatic tools. For more detailed information about the research in the Dr. Hirst’s lab, please see


  • Operating and improving a state of the art next generation sequencing data analysis pipeline

  • Tracking and informatics management of large volumes of data with data footprints of up to 100Gb per experiment.

  • Performing sequence alignments, file merges and quality filtering using standardized tools.

  • Converting sequence alignments to normalized read densities and performing pairwise differential analysis. 

  • Contributing to scientific grant proposals, presentations and publications


  • Experience working in a Unix environment, including experience with shell scripting and common command-line tools

  • Expertise in one or more scripting language(s) (e.g. Python, Perl, R, awk, C)

  • Familiarity with the development and maintenance of relational databases

  • Experience working with next-generation sequencing data and tools would be an asset (i.e. tools for alignment and variant-calling)

  • Experience with statistical software, software testing, and cluster computing would also be assets


To Apply

Applicants should apply through the following link: UBC Job opening ID: 26881