Job ID: 191240

Bioinformatics Programmer 4 (5933U), QB3 Institute - 36407

University of California, Berkeley

  • Jul. 27, 2022
  • Bioinformatics Programmer 4 (5933U), QB3 Institute - 36407
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Bioinformatics Programmer 4 (5933U), QB3 Institute - 36407

About Berkeley

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We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) is one of four Governor Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation established in 2000 to ensure the future of the California economy by promoting research and innovation. QB3 is a cooperative effort between the state of California, private industry, venture capital, and the University of California campuses at Berkeley, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. As a unit within QB3, the Doudna lab is a large, highly collaborative team that pursues mechanistic understanding of fundamental biological processes involving RNA molecules. Research in the lab is currently focused on bacterial immunity via CRISPR-Cas systems. They utilize diverse techniques including structural biology, high-throughput sequencing, biochemistry, molecular biology, and eukaryotic cell culture. For more information about the Doudna lab, please visit and

Application Review Date

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process before June 9, 2022, however, department will review applications on a rolling basis.


  • Design and implement bioinformatic pipelines to handle next-generation sequencing data from both prokaryotic and eukaryotic samples.
  • Handle both genomic (DNA-seq) and transcriptomic (RNA-seq) datasets (and potentially metagenomic datasets).
  • Perform statistical analyses and plots using R.
  • Perform differential gene expression analyses on RNA-seq data.
  • Map genome deletions/insertions/mutations (and potentially transcriptomic mutations).
  • Store, organize, curate, and relocate datasets/files on the server.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience with next-generation DNA-seq/RNA-seq data analysis in academia, industry, or equivalent training is required.
  • Strong experience and skill with programming in R, Python, and/or equivalent programming languages is required.
  • Experience with sequencing pipelines such as Illumina, DESeq, Bowtie, SAMtools, BAMtools, BEDtools, or alternatives is required.
  • Basic understanding of biology to communicate with peers and understand their questions.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to an audience not versed in bioinformatics and/or programming.
  • Interest in contributing to scientific studies and manuscripts and comfort in being responsible for writing bioinformatic methods.
  • Strong sense of self-motivation with an ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple bioinformatics projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to interact positively with all team members and comfort working in a large, diverse, collaborative lab environment.
  • Ability to work efficiently, meet deadlines, and be adaptable to changing priorities.


  • A bachelor's degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, biostatistics, or a closely related area and/or equivalent training or experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with common plotting methods (scatter, box, CDF, volcano) to represent/summarize results is preferred.

Salary & Benefits

  • This is a full-time (40 hours/week), career position, eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $105,600.00 - $159,500.00.
  • For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

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Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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