Bioinformatics Scientist

Phylos is an agricultural genomics company using modern molecular genetics and computational biology to power the next generation of hemp and cannabis. Phylos provides breeding and R&D services to global partners and offers a suite of genetic services and testing solutions. We are a new generation of plant scientists, transforming the hemp and cannabis industries with unparalleled data, technology, and expertise. Phylos is strategically positioned to provide cultivators with the tools to understand the breadth of genetics in their catalog, evaluate development of additional varieties, and drive business growth.

Position Summary
Phylos is committed to using genetics and genomics in combination with phenotype and environmental data to develop the next generation of cannabis varieties. In this position, the Bioinformatics Scientist will perform integrated analyses of large multidimensional data sets, perform custom data analysis to assist stakeholders in the interpretation of data and work closely with the breeding team on analysis geared towards developing cannabis plants with useful traits, including a wide variety of agronomic traits. Much of the work the Bioinformatics Scientist will perform with be collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature. Attention to detail and communication skills will be equally as important as your bioinformatics skills.

Responsibilities

  • Regularly work with laboratory staff to assess genotype data quality and troubleshoot quality control issues.
  • Implement current and emerging computational biology and bioinformatics algorithms to analyze, manage, interpret, and visualize data.
  • Prepare data sets for analysis, including using SQL to aggregate data and then implementing quality control measures to verify the integrity of the data set.
  • Gather detailed requirements from stakeholders and identify existing tools to perform custom analyses.
  • Prototype pipelines for automated analysis and partner with software developers to integrate pipelines within enterprise platforms.
  • Clearly document analysis paths and maintain an organized well-documented codebase.
  • Remain abreast of current and emerging genomic and bioinformatics technologies and tools.

Qualifications

  • MS in computational biology, bioinformatics, genetics or related life, physical, or computational sciences.
  • Excellent understanding of genomics, molecular biology, and technologies such as PCR and next-generation sequencing.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the analysis of large-scale genomic sequencing data (especially variant analysis from whole genome or whole exome sequencing data, but also RNA-seq, genome assembly) and experience with a broad spectrum of relevant open-source software or pipelines (e.g., BWA, STAR, GATK, DESeq, etc.).
  • Experience working with relevant genomic databases and browsers and their annotations (e.g., NCBI, Refseq, Ensembl, IGV, UCSC Genome Browser).
  • Expertise in the use of UNIX/Linux and its command-line environment, including scripting (e.g., shell, Perl, Python, Ruby, etc.).
  • Expertise in database queries; experience with postgreSQL preferred.
  • Experience implementing QA/QC measures on data sets.
  • Experience with code repositories.
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, written, and oral communication skills to convey genomics and bioinformatics principles and concepts to non-specialists in a clear and precise manner.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a multidisciplinary team, taking into account the needs of stakeholders across different departments.
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills, including the ability to learn new software quickly.
  • Ability to concurrently work on multiple complex projects with effective time management skills, a high level of personal and professional drive and initiative, and attention to detail.

We have been honored to receive inquiries from all over the world.  In order to have the best possible outcome in the hiring process, we would like to make sure that you are aware that:

  1. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  2. Given the current status of cannabis in the US, if you are not a US citizen, there is a possibility that this association may jeopardize the status of your VISA, and/or your ability to exit and reenter the United States.  If this is a concern for you, please contact your immigration attorney regarding this potential risk prior to proceeding with your application. 

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