Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering: Research Scientist University of California, Sta. Cruz, Engineering School - Biomolecular Engineering United States

Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering: Research Scientist (Open until filled. Apply by 3/16/18)


  • Engineering School - Biomolecular Engineering



Open date: January 31st, 2018
Last review date: March 16th, 2018

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30th, 2019

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.


The Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering ( transitioning into the Genomics Institute Organized Research Unit, at UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications from outstanding scientists for the position of Research Scientist within the Computational Genomics Lab (CGL), under the direction of Assistant Professor Benedict Paten. Genomics datasets will shortly be exabyte scale. We seek a self-motivated, creative scientist experienced in big-data biological data analysis, machine learning, and having extensive programming knowledge, to develop cloud-based solutions for genomics data processing. In the course of research, the incumbent will create massively scalable cloud-based storage systems, analysis frameworks, and visualization tools used for analyzing genomics and biomedical data, including making it accessible for machine learning. It is expected that the incumbent will work with research groups at other institutions to integrate infrastructure across systems using GA4GH standards.


The incumbent will be expected to lead, and provide direction to, the Computational Genomics Platform (CGP), a newly formed group within the CGL of a substantial and diverse engineering group of managers, data analysts, and software engineers. The incumbent will be expected to apply for and serve as principal investigator on grants, contracts, and private external funding. The incumbent will be expected to publish in scientific journals, present findings at scientific meetings, and foster collaborations that promote the goals of the CGP. The successful candidate will be highly articulate and have demonstrated ability to collaborate with scientists, software engineers and students in developing novel computational resources, open source projects, and community standards development. We are particularly interested in identifying candidates with the following: experience in commercial and private clouds; experience working in UNIX or Linux environments with large cloud deployments, large databases, and large code bases. This would preferably include: experience with Docker, scientific workflow systems and tools; expertise on cloud storage systems; experience on the AWS, Azure, or Google cloud environments including VM, storage, and network services; experience with search and web-based database technologies; experience in Java and Python programming languages; experience on source control, continuous integration, and tool redistribution systems; and, experience in machine learning, including current high-level frameworks.


Our exceptional collegiality and interdisciplinary collaborations make UCSC an excellent environment for an innovative scientist who can benefit from and contribute to the rapid growth in the sciences and engineering at UCSC.


Specific projects in which the candidate will play a significant role include the following: the Human Cell Atlas Data Coordination Platform, Dockstore, the NIH Data Commons, the NHLBI TOPMed, and the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health. The ideal candidate will be able to work productively across all of these projects, which share a common management structure on the UCSC side.


Associate or Full Research


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in bioinformatics, molecular biology, genomics, or a related discipline; experience managing and developing software and engineering teams (three or more years), experience (five or more years) designing software tools and systems for genomics and biomedical research; record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed research journals and in giving presentations at major scientific meetings. Experience in proposal preparation and management of academic externally funded awards.


As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.


Initial appointment will be full-time through March, 2020, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment, a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon availability of funding.


Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.


Please refer to Position # JPF00512-18T in all correspondence.



  • Letter of application addressing how you meet the qualifications (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Copies of peer-reviewed publications (a minimum of two are required and a maximum of ten will be accepted)


Full consideration will be given to applications completed by March 16, 2018 (revised deadline). Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.


Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.


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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application addressing how you meet the qualifications.

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

  • Peer-reviewed Publication - 1 of 2 required publications

  • Peer-reviewed publication - 2 of 2 required publications

  • Peer-reviewed Publication - 1 of 8 optional publications 

  • Peer-reviewed Publication - 2 of 8 optional publications 

  • Peer-reviewed Publication - 3 of 8 optional publications 

  • Peer-reviewed Publication - 4 of 8 optional publications 

  • Peer-reviewed Publication - 5 of 8 optional publications 

  • Peer-reviewed Publication - 6 of 8 optional publications 

  • Peer-reviewed Publication - 7 of 8 optional publications 

  • Peer-reviewed Publication - 8 of 8 optional publications 



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