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Bioinformatics Specialist (Assistant Specialist or Associate Specialist)

Position overview

Position title: Bioinformatics Specialist (Assistant Specialist or Associate Specialist)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience (see section D. Qualifications of the CAPM 602.230 Specialist Series. The posted UCSC Salary Scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the scale titled, Represented Specialist Series Fiscal Year. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. A reasonable estimate for this position is $59,200 -$82,100.
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after the initial review of applications.
Position duration: Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: July 5, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Aug 4, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jul 3, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Bioinformatics Assistant Specialist or Associate Specialist. Under the direction of Professor Camilla Forsberg, the bioinformatics specialist will contribute to collaborative stem cell research at the Institute for the Biology of Stem Cells (IBSC). The bioinformatics specialist will participate in research projects by collaborating with graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to analyze high-throughput experiments to understand stem cell function, including bulk and single-cell transcriptomics, epigenomics assays such as ATACseq, and CRISPR-based screens. The specialist will also be expected to contribute to data management. Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as ability and desire to work both independently and as part of a team are essential. Applicants who can implement commonly used ‘omics tools with a high degree of autonomy are strongly encouraged to apply. A basic understanding of ‘omics assays, Python and R, and of stem cell biology is ideal, but we also welcome candidates with a strong desire to learn on the job.

UCSC is a vibrant research community with state-of-the art facilities for research focused on stem cells, epigenetics, genomics, cancer, sequencing technologies, RNA biology, developmental biology, and related fields. Candidates will have excellent opportunities for intellectual growth, skill building, and networking with scientists at the Institute for the Biology of Stem Cells (IBSC) and beyond. The proximity to Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area affords extensive opportunities for interactions with nearby research institutions.

The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.

Institute for the Biology of Stem Cells:

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

B.S. with two years of research experience with analysis of 'omics' datasets; or M.S. with one year of research experience with analysis of 'omics' datasets. Degree must be in bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related field and equivalent foreign degrees will be considered.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application.

  • Publication - Publication should include relevant PMID to aim in verification.

  • Publication - Publication(s) should include relevant PMID to aim in verification.

  • Publication - Publication(s) should include relevant PMID to aim in verification.

Reference requirements
  • 2-5 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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