Associate Computational Biologist I, Spring 2018 Grads

Broad Institute

Job Description

 The Broad Institute is an amazing place - we apply our deep knowledge of human genetics to empower a revolution in biomedicine and accelerate the pace at which the world conquers disease. Through our partnerships with MIT, Harvard, and the Harvard teaching hospitals, we've become a worldwide hub of cutting-edge biomedical science.

One of the ways in which we are transforming medicine and human health is by building software to organize, process, and visualize scientific data on an unprecedented scale. Our tools are used by tens of thousands of researchers across the globe, processing petabytes of data, consuming hundreds of thousands of core-hours weekly, and informing life-saving clinical decisions in medical and cancer genetics.

About the position:

The research at the Broad Institute covers a wide variety of scientific and technology areas, and Associate Computational Biologists function slightly differently depending on the research focus of their particular group. Your role will include some combination of the following duties:

- Apply existing and novel algorithms to genomic data sets, analyze data quality, critically review and analyze results, communicate results to biologists, computational biologists, software engineers and clinicians.

- Develop data analysis strategies, write algorithms, and deploy computational tools for the exploration of very large data sets.

- Explore novel data visualization tools, with emphasis on integrating diverse data types or sets

- Implement or improve algorithms in software tools for distribution to the global research community

- Apply machine learning techniques to quality control procedures

Regardless of your group, you will take a hands-on, problem-solving approach, and collaborate with engineers and scientists in an informal collegial work environment infused with intellectual rigor. The right candidates will have outstanding academic records and strong communication skills, will demonstrate innovative and analytical thinking, and will enjoy working in an interdisciplinary team. The Broad Institute provides a vibrant research environment and provides the potential for your contributions to be used and recognized worldwide.

In this position:

- You can make a difference in biomedicine -- Whether you clean up and package genomic data to be used by researchers worldwide or develop analytical methodologies to apply to other biomedical data sets, you are accelerating research that leads to life-changing therapies.  

- You will gain invaluable experience -- This unique opportunity will give you access to the sharpest minds in biomedical research, leaders in cloud technology, and a variety of other experts passionate about changing lives through our wide network of physicians and scientists. ACBs are encouraged to acquire new skills and techniques they find interesting, and think creatively about ways to solve problems. Should you choose to, you will be well prepared to pursue a graduate degree or expand your responsibilities over time.

- You will be supported in your efforts to learn and grow -- The Models, Inferences and Algorithms group based at the Broad supports learning and collaboration across the interface of biology and the computational sciences through interactive seminars and talks. Every week there are additional talks open to the Broad community on a variety of scientific topics, often hinging on results that have not yet been published. Many current ACBs rave about the mentorship they have received from other Broadies, and the variety of social events that create a fun, collaborative environment.

Broad culture:

We pride ourselves on being comprehensive, creative and forward-thinking not only in the way we approach our science, but also in the way we support our people. See below for some highlights of the benefits available to Broadies:

- 3 weeks vacation plus 12 paid holidays and winter closing from Christmas to New Year’s

- MBTA passes subsidized at 50%

- Tuition reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year

- Free FitBit and access to a Wellness portal where you can earn cash and other rewards

- Fooda, on-site lunch available for purchase from local vendors every day

- LeanBox, vending machine of fresh, healthy snacks available at subsidized price

- Free on-site yoga and boot camp multiple times per week

- Discounts on entertainment, goods and services through Working Advantage

We are looking for candidates who have:

- Bachelor's or Master’s degree expected in May or June 2018

- Majored in computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics, bioinformatics, biology or similar field

- Ability to work in a fast-paced, academic environment.

- Demonstrated capability as highly organized, a creative problem-solver, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and able to work independently as well as within cross-functional teams; experience working in an interdisciplinary team with laboratory scientists and clinicians is a plus.

The following experience is a plus:

- Strong programming skills and experience with programming languages, preferably C++, Perl, Java, Python, R, or Matlab

- Experience with computational analysis, algorithm development and statistics

- Experience analyzing biological data in a research setting

- Experience with Unix/Linux environments(including shell scripting)

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