Bioinformatics Scientist

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20 Overland Street, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
PTL Remote: 2-3 days remote/wk


We are looking for an intelligent, hard-working, and dynamic individual to serve as a Bioinformatician within the Dana-Farber Bioinformatics and Data Science Group, a subdivision of the DFCI Informatics and Analytics department led by the Chief Health Information Officer.

The Bioinformatics and Data Science Group encompasses expertise in bioinformatics, data science and machine learning, and seeks to develop a highly interdisciplinary environment supporting DFCI research, clinical, and operational staff. The group works with some of the most prominent research and clinical DFCI programs, from basic research to translational research, to clinical diagnostics and operations.

Our goal is to advance the DFCI mission to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer, while working towards better understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases. As we widen our collaborations with several crucial centers and programs at DFCI, we look for experts to support our key initiatives relying on genomic data and professionals who possess the ability to independently lead projects while providing mentorship and guidance to other team members.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


The successful candidate will have proven experience in managing and independently executing complex bioinformatics tasks.

  • Provide computational and informatics support to various DFCI scientists and independent faculty members in designing and executing key biomedical projects; serve as a subject matter expert.
  • Responsible for the collection, analysis, interpretation and integration of complex biomedical data.
  • Own and lead various projects, delivering results and generating relevant reports.
  • Contribute expertise to DFCI software code base and relevant communities of practice.
  • Work as part of a broader team to identify and implement long term solutions; improve quality, speed and efficacy of current projects and program through evaluating and benchmarking new software tools and pipeline development.


  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field required. Advanced degree (Master's or PhD) preferred with evidence of impact in bioinformatics applied to real life problems, ideally within a biomedical research or clinical environment.
  • 3+ years of experience in basic, translational or clinical research setting required.
  • Deep bioinformatics skills at the interface between bioinformatics programming and understanding of biological and clinical problems.
  • Experience in analysis of the next generation sequencing data, e.g. DNA-Seq, RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, etc; experience in single-cell data analysis is a plus.
  • Substantial experience in one or more areas of cancer research, including solid tumors, hematologic malignancies, patient-derived cancer models, biomarker discovery, etc. a major plus.
  • Excellent communication and effective problem-solving skills, track record in serving a variety of diverse customers and projects.
  • Proven ability to work independently, prioritize, and manage people if needed, within an environment with evolving priorities.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law. 

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