Challenges & Benchmarking

Associate Bioinformatics Engineer

Associate Bioinformatics Engineer

At Sage Bionetworks, we believe that we can learn more by engaging and collaborating with people from a diversity of experiences, backgrounds and identities. We develop and apply open practices to data-driven research for the advancement of human health. We are working to establish actionable biomedical observations through the reliable analysis and responsible sharing of representative data. By improving the way scientists collaborate and by increasing the reliability of research, we will improve human health.

We are currently recruiting Bioinformatics Engineers with strong quantitative skills and experience with biomedical research projects. Key tasks will involve supporting biomedical collaborations via analysis of multimodal and clinical datasets (e.g., Electronic Health Records, multi omics, and microbiome data) through community data Challenges.  This position will facilitate benchmarking efforts for biomedical method and tool assessment and will assist with the organization, analysis, and execution of DREAM Challenges.

Are you the type of person who enjoys engaging with scientists and researchers across many disciplines? Do you want to be an integral part of a team that includes computational biologists, research ethicists, software engineers, and data librarians? If so, you could be the next bioinformatics engineer to join our Challenges and Benchmarking Team.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Perform quality assessment for biomedical datasets contributed by external collaborators
  • Design and conduct analyses and meta-analyses across multiple datasets
  • Summarize research findings in reports, manuscripts, and presentations to collaborators and funders
  • Develop new methods, pipelines, and tools for analysis of data in collaboration with external partners (federal, non-profit and industry). Generate preliminary data to support grant applications.
  • Collaborate with in-house data curation experts to select and apply data standards to datasets
  • Set up and monitor cloud computing infrastructure and scoring routines for Challenges (e.g. DREAM) and continuous benchmarking efforts.
  • Contribute to Sage’s development of new capabilities for community Challenges and Benchmarks that advance the open science movement.
  • Monitor Challenge discussion boards and resolve technical issues for Challenge participants.

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • A Master’s (or BS +3 years experience)  in Bioinformatics, Biomedical informatics, Statistics or related field, or 3+ years comparable work experience.
  • Experience with “real-world” clinical data and clinical models such as OHDSI/OMOP preferred
  • Data science or applied statistics experience, with fluency in one or more programming languages (e.g. R, Python, Julia)
  • Familiarity with computing and collaboration technologies such as git, Docker, and Linux preferred.
  • Have strong collaboration and teamwork skills.
  • Experience in tracking project objectives and tasks is a plus.
  • Familiarity with cloud-based technologies (OpenAPI, AWS, GCP, others) preferred, but not required
  • Are passionate about open science, reproducible research, and collaboration.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Routinely required to sit; walk; talk and hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; may stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, crawl, reach, and stretch.
  • May require travel dependent on company needs.
  • Can work under deadlines.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds at times.

About Sage Bionetworks 

Sage Bionetworks is a nonprofit biomedical research and technology development organization that was founded in Seattle in 2009. Our focus is to develop and apply open practices to data-driven research for the advancement of human health. Data-driven research has become an important component of biomedicine, but it’s not always easy to understand how to apply computational approaches appropriately or how to interpret their results. Sage believes open practices can help. Our interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers work together to provide researchers access to tmark methods, and explore collective insights, all backed by Sage’s gold-standard governance protocols and commitment to user-centered design. Sage is supported through a portfolio of competitive research grants, commercial partnerships, and philanthropic contributions.

Sage embraces diversity, equity and inclusion. We are based in Seattle, WA, and collaborate broadly throughout the world.

At Sage, we have a distributed workforce and support remote and/or on-site hybrid work arrangements within the United States. All interviews will be conducted virtually unless otherwise communicated.

Sage Bionetworks is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefit package, competitive to both commercial and not-for-profit life science organizations. The plan includes: health, dental, vision, life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long Term Disability benefits; paid time off; a retirement plan; flexible spending accounts; a shared incentives plan, voluntary Long Term Care insurance, and other voluntary products.

At Sage we engage equitable workplace strategies to ensure fair compensation. Actual compensation is dependent upon current market data, experience, and pay parity within our organization. This position is an associate level position, with a compensation range of $73,400 – $117,443.