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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#114801 Bioinformatics Programmer

Extended Review Date: Mon 6/27/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 03/02/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/11/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will be hired at the Bioinformatics Programmer 2 or Bioinformatics Programmer 3 level depending on the experience of the selected candidate.


UCSD Department of Psychiatry is one of the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country, offering challenging career opportunities in the diverse areas of advanced educational programs, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art clinical services. The department is committed to offering a dynamic learning environment and growing opportunities to its talented and dedicated employees.

Under general supervision, the incumbent will work as a Bioinformatics Programmer researching the development of a comprehensive understanding of the gene regulatory network and how aberrant gene regulatory circuits contribute to human disease within the Department of Psychiatry. Utilizing single cell transcriptomics and single cell epigenetics to understand dysregulated gene regulatory circuitry in Alzheimer’s disease and substance use disorder. Responsibilities include analyzes and interprets experimental results using bioinformatic methods in a self-directed manner. Produces quality/quantity reproducible scientific data and analyses, generating figures for publication and writing manuscript. The incumbent also will make contributions to scientific literature, conferences or otherwise plays a key role in the advancement of the research project(s) and/or Institute goals.


  • Six (6) years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree in biological science, computational/programming, or related area plus two (2) years of related experience/training.

  • Working knowledge of bioinformatics methods and data structures.

  • Working knowledge of modern biology and applicable field of research. Knowledge as it relates to DNA sequences, sequencing technologies and genomics.

  • Ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner. Cooperative and service-oriented attitude; must be able to work under pressure and maintain a professional demeanor.

  • Working knowledge of applications programming and web development.

  • Working knowledge of databases.

  • Working knowledge of application and data security concepts.

  • Possesses highly specific or sophisticated skills and exhibits expert knowledge essential to the work of the laboratory, project or department.

  • Ability to effectively supervise scientific, research and/or technical staff.

  • Demonstrated contribution to a project(s) and/or paper(s).

  • Proven ability to conduct investigations in relevant scientific areas, formulate experimental hypotheses, and analyze and interpret scientific data.

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and external contacts; ability to work as an effective team member.

  • Demonstrated experience with data analysis and interpretation of single cell functional genomic datasets.

  • Knowledge of and experience in working with junior and senior bioinformatics programmers, and in utilizing software to conduct data analysis and interpretation of single cell functional genomic datasets.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Must be able to work overtime or in the evenings.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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