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#117801 Bioinformatics Programmer - Remote

Filing Deadline: Tue 8/9/2022

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

Candidates hired into this position may have the ability to work remotely.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 07/29/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/09/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will be hired at the Bioinformatics Programmer 1 or Bioinformatics Programmer 2 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 close supervision, the incumbent will be working as a Bioinformatics Programmer assisting with research in psychiatric genetics in humans and across species (rats, mice) within the Department of Psychiatry. The primary focus area of this position is within a National Institute of Health project aimed at developing tools for cross-species translation. The Bioinformatics Programmer will also be involved in large-scale genetic studies aimed at elucidating the genetic basis of psychiatric disorders. The incumbent will be assisting the PI and other staff with genetic analyses of complex traits, building computational pipelines to perform genetic analyses and developing tools for genomics research. This includes assisting with pipelines based on the established computations workflow, using Bash scripting and software such as PLINK, GCTA, LDSC, PRS-CS/PRSice/LDPred, PrediXcan, and network analyses; performing routine quality control for data inputs and analysis outputs, assisting with data organization and backup. Additional responsibility will include developing new pipelines, which require, under supervision, selecting software and testing different computational approaches.


  • Four years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree in biological science, computational/programming, or related area.

  • Demonstrated experience in handling big data sets, experience in programming languages, including R, Python, statistical skills.

  • Knowledge of Linux-based workflow development, including Bash scripting, Windows, High Performance Computing, cloud technologies such as Amazon EC2.

  • Ability to communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner.

  • Basic knowledge of bioinformatics methods and data structures.

  • Basic knowledge of databases.

  • Basic project management skills.

  • Basic knowledge of modern biology and applicable field of research.

  • Interpersonal skills in order to work with both technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.

  • Self-motivated, able to learn quickly, meet deadlines and demonstrate problem solving skills.

  • Basic knowledge of application and data security concepts.

  • Knowledge of transcriptomic-related software such as PrediXcan.

  • Knowledge of genetic-analyses related software such as EasyQC, Plink, LDSC, SAIGE, Cytoscape.

  • Ability to perform routine genetic analyses data using statistical analysis.

  • Proven ability to effectively manage time and see assigned parts of projects through to completion on deadline.

  • Experience in using software revision control systems (e.g. GIT).

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Proven ability to carefully document the work and annotate the code.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

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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