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Bioinformatics Specialist

Position overview

Position title: Bioinformatics Specialist (Full Specialist)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. 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 $86,900 - 95,500.
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.
Position duration: Initial appointment will be for one (1) 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: August 15, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Sep 14, 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, Aug 14, 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 Forsberg Lab in the Department of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position Bioinformatic Specialist.

Under the direction of Professor Camilla Forsberg, the bioinformatics specialist will contribute to stem cell research through the following activities:

  • Provide highly specialized, technical research and support, along with consultation in bioinformatics with a focus on analyzing omics data.
  • Identify and design novel pipelines and computational solutions to a diverse array of problems arising from associated scientific data and experiments.
  • Participate in research projects by conceiving, planning, and performing experiments in the laboratory, depending on the experience level of the candidate.
  • Contribute to the research endeavors of colleagues within the laboratory and at the institution, as appropriate.

Essential to the position are strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as ability and desire to work both independently and as part of a team.

Applicants with expertise in Python, R, or other languages suitable for analyzing omics data with a high degree of self-organization and autonomy are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 on campus 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.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in a scientific field, bioinformatics, molecular biology, or a related field.
  • Two to three years’ research experience relevant to the advertised position such as, performing analysis on 'omics' datasets.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - Statement of research should provide an overview of bioinformatic techniques and methodologies utilized.

  • 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 (1 of 3) - Publication(s) should include relevant PMID to aim in verification; maximum of three (3) publications to be considered

  • Publication (2 of 3) - Publication(s) should include relevant PMID to aim in verification; maximum of three (3) publications to be considered.

  • Publication (3 of 3) - Publication(s) should include relevant PMID to aim in verification; maximum of three (3) publications to be considered.

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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Santa Cruz, California