Bioinformatics position w/ Dr. Katie Pollard at UCSF/Gladstone


The Gladstone Institutes is an independent, not-for-profit research institution affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), contributing to the health and well being of all people through medical research, education, and outreach in the areas of heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and neurological disease. Gladstone is composed of three separate institutes and approximately 350 employees. Our employees receive exceptional benefits. We are located in an award winning building adjacent to UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus. Gladstone has consistently ranked as one of the top places to work in academia in the United States. The Gladstone Bioinformatics group provides an active environment for developing solutions from experimental design to analysis and visualization.

Job Description:

We are recruiting a staff scientist to support the bioinformatics needs at Gladstone. Main duties will involve developing and maintaining scientific databases and performing data analysis of large-scale genomic data. Primary projects will include developing tools for analysis of metagenomics data (from human body sites and environmental samples) and designing pipelines for next-generation human genomics and epigenomics research. The candidate will interact with labs spanning all Gladstone Institutes.


The candidate should have a BS/MS in Bioinformatics, Computer Science or similar field and at least 2 years experience with MySQL or other relational database software and scripting languages (e.g., Perl, Python, shell scripting). Experience with analysis of large biological datasets, including developing pipelines for analysis using a scripting language in a Linux environment is required. Knowledge of programming languages (e.g., Java, C/C++) and best practices is also important. Additional useful experience includes the ability to work in a distributed computing environment using a queuing system such as SGE or PBS and a demonstrated ability to create data visualization tools. We need a good communicator who can work across disciplines, and a self-starter who can work effectively on projects with long development times. Please address how your experience fulfills these requirements in a cover letter and/or resume.

Candidates with relevant expertise who wish to join Gladstone’s mission of preventing, treating and curing some of the world’s most relentless diseases should send their curriculum vitae and contact information for three references.

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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