• Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Health insurance, vacation, Holiday pay, sick pay, 401(k) with Match and Profit share

The Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) has a career opportunity for a Bioinformatics Software Developer who will support research and development in the Genetic Medicine Program at the newly established research center Palo Alto Epidemiology Research and Information Center for Genomics at the VA Hospital.

About This Role

Our highly dedicated bioinformatics team works with petabytes of genomic data, agile computing environments including on premise HPC and public cloud platforms, and high-profile academicians and industry leaders, to help transform big data genomics practices and translate bioinformatics research to facilitate precision health and medicine.

Ideal person for this position is a computational ninja who is passionate about improving healthcare. The Software Developer will take the lead in developing tools, pipelines, and platforms based on cutting-edge informatics and cloud technologies to support the center's task in analyzing and interpreting large and high-quality human genetic data.  Successful candidate will have deep knowledge of scientific software development, experience with massive scale data analysis, and a strong grasp in high performance computing and cloud technologies.


PAVIR, located on the premises of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, is a mid-size nonprofit foundation, closely connected with the VA and Stanford University. We offer ongoing training, generous benefits and supportive work environment. We work with more than 160 uniquely talented medical scientists across a broad spectrum of research areas. We recruit talented employees who believe in making a difference in the lives of others through innovative research.

This is a full time, exempt (salary-paid) position. Location: Palo Alto, CA. Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision and Dental Insurance
  • Vacation
  • Sick Pay
  • 13 paid Holidays
  • Life Insurance - paid by PAVIR
  • Long-term and Short-term Disability Insurance - paid by PAVIR
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with Company Match and Profit Share
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Commuter Benefit

PAVIR is affiliated with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). As a condition of employment, all PAVIR employees are required to have an approved appointment with VAPAHCS and complete a background check.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Build databases and software to support clinical interpretation of NGS data.
  • Develop and manage pipelines for multi-omics data processing, integration, and visualization.
  • Explore and cater the most advanced cloud computing technologies for big omics data and healthcare data.
  • Support research by analyzing, visualizing and deriving insights from experimental data.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) in computer science, computational physics/biology, bioinformatics, genetics, or a related field is required;
  • 2 years of relevant experience (an advanced degree or post-doctoral experience will be considered in lieu of work experience);
  • Experience with massive scale data analysis;
  • Experience in at least one relevant programming language (Python, Java, C++, Perl, Django, Ruby on Rails, etc.);
  • Proven ability to develop large scale software. This includes requirements and specification development, regression, and deployment;
  • Strong background in one or more of: machine learning, statistical methods, distributed computing, algorithm development;
  • Proven experience with Cloud architecture;
  • Experience working in a Linux environment;
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing data;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to deliver excellent results while working independently and being a team player;
  • Strong background in one or more of: relational and no-SQL databases, sequencing data visualization tool development;
  • Ability to comply with VA rules and regulations.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master's degree in computer science, computational physics/biology, bioinformatics, genetics, or a related field;
  • Knowledge of databases of biomolecules, biomarkers and drugs;
  • Experience working in academic environments.

Physical Demands: Sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time, repetitive movement, etc.

Environmental Conditions: Exposure to office equipment and office environment.

PAVIR engages in nonprofit medical research and works with sponsors and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in administering funds for conducting research to find new and improved ways to combat human disease and help people with disabilities. Please refer to our website for additional information: 

PAVIR is pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Veterans, and Individuals with a Disability are encouraged to apply. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, please contact - Human Resources department.

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