Systems Biology

Associate Biomedical Data Curator

Associate Biomedical Data Curator

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 seeking a bioinformatics engineer to support the curation of biomedical data resources related to several National Institute on Aging (NIA) programs. In this role you will contribute to the curation and distribution of clinical, genomic, and other biomedical data from funded grants. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about collaborative and reproducible research, have experience with data wrangling, and sufficient knowledge of biomolecular research to support these NIA data coordination efforts.

Key Job Responsibilities: 

  • Work within a team of data managers and data wranglers to curate, distribute, and publicize highly-dimensional biomedical data sets coming from multiple NIA supported programs.
  • Develop new processes for maintaining and growing datasets to meet the strategic needs of the research community.
  • Support the development and documentation metadata standards for sharing datasets under the Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability (FAIR) guiding principles.
  • Streamline processes and implement new methods using scripting and statistical programming.
  • Implement or extend data models/schemas in coordination with project lead.
  • Manage access to sensitive datasets in collaboration with the Sage data governance team.
  • Develop or extend existing data models/schemas for projects in coordination with Project Leads.
  • Document data ingestion processes and curation SOPs. Write data release notes. Produce data reports.

Basic skills/qualifications: 

  • Have a master’s degree in a biological or computational field, OR a bachelor’s degree with 2+ years of relevant work experience. Experience working with high-dimensional data is preferred.
  • Have experience working with common biomedical data types derived from disease model systems and patients. Experience with gene expression and other omic data is preferred.
  • Have an interest in learning about new high-throughput biological technologies.
  • Are proficient in a scripting language such as Python or R.
  • Have a basic understanding of SQL.
  • Have a basic understanding of JSON.
  • Are able to prioritize, multi-task, and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Has clear technical writing and informative documentation
  • Are able to work individually and within a team.
  • Are passionate about open science and collaboration.
  • Can work under deadlines.

 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 technology tools and scientific approaches to share data, benchmark 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.

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 to $117,443.