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Research Bioinformatician I - McGovern Lab - Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute

Los Angeles, California


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Everyone’s unique health journey is informed by data. Join us as we translate today's discoveries into tomorrow's medicine.

Cedars-Sinai is home to some of the most advanced biomedical research and training programs in the world, which attracts renowned physician-scientists seeking an unparalleled environment for fostering invention and teamwork.

The McGovern Laboratory studies the effects of genetic variation in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Also called the Translational Genomics Group (TGG), the McGovern Lab is focused on identifying genetic variants associated with both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and then investigating their functional effects and also their role in determining disease behavior and natural history, including response to therapy. The McGovern Lab also investigates the role of the microbiome in IBD and particularly the relationship between genetic variation in the host (human) and microbiome-related changes. Work in the McGovern Laboratory includes significant statistical and computational biology components, and the lab is developing novel methods for integrating multi-omic datasets together with clinical metadata.

To learn more about our lab and institute, please visit McGovern Research Lab | Cedars-Sinai.

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Under close supervision, the Research Bioinformatician I performs general bioinformatics analysis and software support for projects involving omics. The RBI will manage omic data including loading and querying data from the database system and public repositories and transforming and merging multilevel omic data into user-friendly formats, assist in the development, test, and maintenance of modular software pipelines, provide daily bioinformatics data analysis, preliminary interpretation of the data, and reports of the results for possible publications.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides general bioinformatics analysis support for omic projects and is mainly responsible for data analysis and software compilations including next-generation sequence alignment, polymorphism identification, expression analysis, and visualization tools and browsers.
  • Summarizes data analysis results in the form suitable as the basis for the first draft of written reports, and makes preliminary interpretations of the data.
  • Assists in the development, testing, and maintenance of modular software pipelines for genome sequencing, assembly, annotation, metagenomic analysis, and genotyping using high-throughput sequencing platforms including 454, Illumina, and Pacific Biosciences.
  • Manages data including loading and querying data from database systems, downloading omic data from public repositories, and transforming data to the necessary formats.
  • Helps to identify, evaluate, and incorporate relevant algorithms and software pipelines by reviewing pertinent pieces of literature in bioinformatics and computational biology.

Department-Specific Responsibilities:

  • Machine learning frameworks to extract tissue biomarkers from high-resolution histologic images of the human gut.
  • Deep learning workflows to classify single cells in high-resolution images from the human gut.
  • Deep learning workflows to quantify density of the immune infiltrate in histologic images of the human gut.
  • Image processing techniques to quantify architecture of glands in the human gut.
  • Machine learning models that link tissue histologic biomarkers and diagnostic metadata to predict treatment outcomes of patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
  • Pipelines for multi-omics data analysis.
  • Techniques to co-register high-resolution images from re-stained tissue sections.
  • Techniques to analyze 3D radiology images of human abdominal cavity.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computational Biology, or Bioinformatics is required. Master's Degree preferred.

Experience and Skills:

  • 0 - 3 years in a research environment. Background and work knowledge in algorithms, scientific computing, and machine learning or statistics.
  • Familiar with C/C++, Java, Perl, Python, Matlab, and the Unix (Linux) environment.
  • Experience in manipulating, analyzing, and annotating very large genomic (e.g. NGS) data sets, both in exploratory and pipelined fashions is an advantage.
  • Working Title: Research Bioinformatician I - McGovern Lab - Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute
  • Department: Home Dept - Gastroenterology
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic/Research
  • Job Specialty: Bioinformatics
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day

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