Careers

Welcome to the McDonnell Genome Institute's Careers page. Our mission is to help improve the human condition by producing, studying, and interpreting high-quality genome-based data that drives biological discoveries that range from the bench to the hospital bedside. We value the open sharing of information and ideas and encourage collaboration while also engaging the next generation of scientists through educational outreach efforts. If you would like to join our team please see the list of open positions below.

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  • Position is responsible for performing plumbing, carpentry, and energy management duties for Washington University School of Medicine. May provide emergency response for emergencies occurring during his/her shift and repair items with capability to all phases of mechanical systems such as electrical, HVAC, plumbing, carpentry, etc. Repairs requiring a more highly skilled craftsperson should be reported to immediate supervisor.

    This position also has considerable responsibility to liaise between Vendor Service engineers and Lab Managers as needed for instrument services and to review site preps for new instrumentation.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities
    1. Performs plumbing, carpentry and energy management duties on an as-needed basis.
    2. Inspects laboratory instrumentation to assure proper functioning.
    3. Performs repairs as requested by the supervisor.
    4. Prepares inventory of equipment and attaches labels to record relevant data.
    5. Assists in setting up maintenance schedules and data forms. Documents work performed in computerized maintenance system.
    6. Cleans equipment used and equipment spaces. Changes filters, belts, air-handling units, compressed air system and exhaust fans. Changes other instrumentation parts as training provides.
    7. Lubricates compressors, dampers, motors, fans and pumps.
    8. Responds to environmental alerts including freezer responses.
    9. Liaise between Vendor Service engineers and Lab Managers as needed for instrument services. This as times may include University resources.
    10. Review site preps for new instrumentation.
    11. Work with equipment and furniture moves around the Institute.

    Required Qualifications

    • Minimum of two years experience in carpentry, plumbing and/or energy management required

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Equivalent of high school diploma required.
    • Technical certificate or degree is preferred.
    • Experience with maintenance of laboratory equipment and instruments.
    • Must have a good mechanical aptitude.
    • Must be able to lift and carry tools and materials.

    To Apply

    Please apply on the Washington University Careers website.

    Salary Range

    The hiring range for this position is $13.52 - $18.25 per hour.

    Applicant Special Instructions

    • Works in laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards.
    • Must be physically able to wear protective equipment.

    Department Summary

    Learn more about the McDonnell Genome Institute.

    Benefits

    This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.

    EOE Statement

    Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

  • MGI is looking for a talented bioinformatics scientist to work with a dedicated team of researchers investigating Cancer Genomics.

    Our group develops and applies computational tools to help understand the origins and progression of cancer. We specialize in translating large-scale sequence data (genomic DNA, RNA-seq, and bisulfite-seq, among others) into insight about how to better detect cancer, predict its response to therapy, and treat patients.

    We are seeking an individual that can work in tandem with oncologists to probe the genomics of tumorigenesis, relapse, and clonal evolution in response to therapy. This work will include development of new algorithms, statistical tests, and visualizations that provide insight into the biology of cancer. Other portions of their your may be spend analyzing and interpreting cases from our clinical sequencing group, in an environment where your work may directly influence patient care.

    Through this position, you will have opportunities to contribute to and lead impactful studies that result in high-profile publications.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    • Take a leadership role in collaborations with other groups here at WUSTL, aiding in design of analysis plans for sequencing-based projects studying the genetics and epigenetics of cancer. This is likely to include research into the genomics of tumor clonality, progression, treatment response and other cancer-related studies.
    • Cooperation with computer scientists to evaluate and extend analysis pipelines for analysis of high throughput sequencing data.
    • Interpretation of genetic and epigenetic changes in cancer including mutations, gene expression data from RNAseq, epigenetic modification, copy number and structural variation.
    • Integrated pathway and gene network analysis related to cancer.
    • Interaction with teams of diverse internal and external collaborators including oncologists, computer scientists, biologists, and other geneticists/statisticians.
    • Build and maintain collaborative programs spanning the MGI and Institute for Informatics, with an emphasis on supporting/enabling discovery science and/or precision medicine initiatives.


    Basic Qualifications
    Ph.D. training in Bioinformatics or Genomics

    Additional Qualifications

    • Some post-doctoral or post-degree research scientist experience.
    • Proficiency in the unix shell and at least one scripting language (Perl, Python, Ruby, etc)
    • Experience with statistical software packages such as R or SAS
    • Experience analyzing large genomic data sets.
    • Strong communication skills, a passion for science, and the ability to work effectively on individual projects, as well as part of interdisciplinary teams.
    • Experience in a supervisory role is a plus


    Contact

    Dr. Chris Miller at c.a.miller@wustl.edu

    Benefits

    This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.

    EOE Statement

    Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

  • Genotyping Position 37189

    Position assists with the technical aspects of studies and experiments including documentation and preparation of materials. The job responsibilities for this position include performing manual and automated Genotyping assays and reporting results. It will also include the isolation of DNA and RNA from blood, tissue and cell culture by manual and automated processes. An ideal candidate for this position will have a significant attention to detail and familiarity with general use of computer software and tools. This position will also require good communication skills to provide lab process notes and overall communication with the supervisor. The candidate should have the ability to assist with troubleshooting processes.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities
    1. Assists with research studies, experiments and assays including collection of data, preparation of solutions and set-up and maintenance of equipment.
    2. Performs data entry and maintains data files on research.
    3. Complies with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
    4. Ensures lab conditions and equipment are properly cleaned and maintained in accordance with established procedures.
    5. Assists with general lab maintenance and cleaning.

    Required Qualifications

    Bachelor’s degree and up to 1 year of experience in a laboratory setting or equivalent combination of education and experience equaling 4 years required.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators.
    • Ability to maintain complete and organized records/reports.
    • Working knowledge of computer software and general lab equipment.

    To Apply

    Please apply on the Washington University Careers website.

    Salary Range

    The hiring range for this position is $13.52 - $18.25 per hour.

    Applicant Special Instructions

    • Works in laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards.
    • Must be physically able to wear protective equipment.

    Department Summary

    Learn more about the McDonnell Genome Institute.

    Benefits

    This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.

    EOE Statement

    Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

  • MGI's Center for Common Disease Genomics has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow position focusing on human and statistical genetics.

    We welcome applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic scientists to fill multiple positions immediately available focusing on human and statistical genetics in the McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI) at the Washington University School of Medicine. As one of NHGRI’s Centers for Common Disease Genomics, we aim to understand the inherited susceptibility underlying cardiometabolic traits and diseases, autoimmune disorders, and related risk factors. We are also actively developing methods for the analysis and interpretation of complex genetic data. We study these problems in hopes of applying genetic findings and techniques to improve human health.

    Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with one of several principal investigators studying common disease genetics at MGI. Candidates will work to discover novel genes and pathways underlying a variety of diseases and traits using deep whole genome sequence data in >50,000 individuals and will have access to a wide array of data (including genome-wide arrays and whole exome sequences) in tens/hundreds of thousands of participants for follow-up studies. Candidates will have the opportunity to participate in large international consortia and develop their own independent research projects.

    Required Qualifications
    Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent doctorate) or MS in genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, or related areas and a track record of scientific productivity. There should be evidence of a strong quantitative research background with experience in programming and statistics.

    To Apply
    Interested candidates should email their CV to Ira Hall (ihall@wustl.edu) and/or Nathan Stitziel (nstitziel@wustl.edu).

  • A post-doctoral research position is available focusing on applying and developing computational and statistical tools to analyze whole genome and transcriptome sequencing data for personalized cancer medicine.

    Essential Functions

    A post-doctoral research position is available focusing on applying and developing computational and statistical methods to analyze whole genome and transcriptome sequencing data for translational and clinical lymphoma research. This position will be part of collaboration between the Fehniger and Griffith labs at Washington University School of Medicine.

    • Analysis, integration and visualization of genomic changes in lymphoma including mutations, gene expression data, copy number and structural variation.
    • Association of genomic changes with clinical variables and outcomes in lymphoma.

    Environment

    One of only three NIH-funded large-scale genome centers in the United States, the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University is a leader in genomics research as it applies to the study of biology, human disease and the field of personalized medicine. Our mission is to improve the human condition by producing, studying, and interpreting high-quality genome-based data that drives biological discoveries that range from the bench to the hospital bedside. We value the open sharing of information and ideas and encourage collaboration while also engaging the next generation of scientists through educational outreach efforts. The Griffith lab focuses on informatics approaches to detecting molecular alterations in human cancers to improve our understanding of cancer biology and develop resources to facilitate personalized cancer medicine. The Fehniger lab studies benign and malignant lymphocyte molecular and cellular biology, and translating novel findings into new therapies or biomarkers for patients with leukemia and lymphoma.

    As a postdoc in this lab you will benefit from a large and dynamic team of bioinformaticians, software engineers, and computationally minded molecular biologists while engaging with a dedicated group of basic, translational, and clinical scientists aimed at improving the outcomes for patients with lymphoma and related diseases.

    Required Qualifications

    Applicants should have a graduate degree in biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, or related field with a solid background in programming and statistics. Candidates should be comfortable working on UNIX/Linux operating system, program with Perl and/or Python, and be familiar with statistical analysis packages (SAS, R, or Bioconductor). Also expected to be familiar with bioinformatics tools and genomics databases. The ability to analyze and interpret results to communicate with others and produce scientific publications is required.

    Preferred Qualifications

    The successful candidate will be self-motivated, eager to acquire new knowledge and skills on a regular basis, and must demonstrate critical thinking skills. Previous experience in cancer genomics and lymphoma would be an advantage but is not essential.

    To Apply

    Send resume, cover letter and three letters of reference to Dr. Obi Griffith at obigriffith@wustl.edu.

    Salary Range
    The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.

    Department Summary
    Learn more about the McDonnell Genome Institute, Griffith Lab, and Fehniger Lab.

    Benefits
    This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits. Make sure to look for postdoc benefits.

    EOE Statement
    Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

  • A Computational Biology/Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Scholar position focusing on cancer genomics is available in the Maher Lab at the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University.

    The Maher Lab focuses on developing computational methods for analyzing large-scale cancer genomics data collections from solid tumors to improve our understanding of cancer biology and identify novel therapies for treating patients. Active projects address topics such as the discovery and characterization of novel long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), detecting structural variation, cancer evolution, and the development of new bioinformatics tools.

    This Postdoctoral Scholar position requires extensive communication and collaboration with our group of computational biologists, programmers, and clinicians, and includes opportunities to initiate and contribute to publication of novel methodologies and scientific findings.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities
    1. Evaluation and design of experimental plans for sequencing-based projects studying the genetic basis of cancer.
    2. Implementation and development of automated pipelines to analyze high throughput sequencing data.
    3. Integration of genetic and epigenetic changes in cancer including mutations, gene expression data, epigenetic modification, copy number and structural variation.
    4. Integrated pathway and gene network analysis related to cancer.
    5. Analyze and interpret results to communicate with others and produce scientific publications is required.

    Required Qualifications
    A PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology or related field, with a solid background in programming and statistics.

    Preferred Qualifications
    Candidates should be comfortable working on UNIX/Linux operating system, program with Perl and/or Python, and familiar with statistical analysis packages (SAS, R, or Bioconductor). Also expected to be familiar with bioinformatics tools and genomics databases. Previous experience in cancer genomics would be an advantage but is not essential.

    The successful candidate will be self-motivated, eager to acquire new knowledge and skills on a regular basis, and must demonstrate critical thinking skills. The ability to analyze and interpret results to communicate with others and produce scientific publications is required.

    To Apply
    Please send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Dr. Christopher Maher at christophermaher@wustl.edu.

  • The McDonnell Genome Institute seeks smart, curious, technically savvy candidates to join our worldclass engineering team. We hire the best and brightest and give engineers starting out their career the opportunity to work with industry-leading technologies at a scale inaccessible to most entry level candidates.

    Our team is comprised of systems and software engineers from different technical and academic backgrounds who share passions for technology, solving challenging problems, and desire to make a tangible impact in genomics and all scientific research. Our growing research computing services and scale present unique hurdles that require novel solutions. As a technology-driven organization, we foster an agile environment where new ideas, systems and software development come together to effectively solve some of the toughest research problems. At our core, we support a data-driven DNA sequencing laboratory and analysis platform producing over 20TS and analyzing over lOOTS per week. This infrastructure is the foundation for cutting edge genomic research and precision medicine.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities
    * Helps determine appropriate architecture, and other technical solutions, and makes relevant recommendations to the project manager or clients
    * Works closely with project managers and other members of the development team to develop detailed specification documents with clear project deliverables and timelines
    * Works with clients, project managers and designers to build and refine graphic designs for websites and applications
    * Communicates to the project manager with efficiency and accuracy any progress and/or delays of assigned projects
    * Coordinates with team members to develop front-end applications, including HTML code and scripts for website applications
    * Develops assigned forms and pages according to the design specifications given by the team leader
    * Tests applications to ensure displays meet ease of use and flexibility standards and to ensure websites execute properly for multiple browsers, engaging users as necessary
    * Develops, reviews, and integrates new forms and pages, graphics, and other elements
    * Ensures designs make efficient use of network and database resources
    * Creates online help functions, including application documentation
    * Coordinates work with other team members for application development and administration, network administration, and database administration to ensure that architecture, functionality, and design are consistent with all information technology strategies
    * Researches and evaluates new technology, products, specialized hardware and tools to optimize development and functionality of web sites and applications
    * Performs other duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications

    Degree or certification from a technical school or college in computer programming required; experience in computer programming and/or relevant DBA experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for required education.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience with virtualization technologies (VMware, OpenStack, Docker)
    • Experience with distributed systems and applications like Docker
    • Experience with big data and/or large-scale systems
    • Interesting research, internships, personal projects, open source contributions
    • Comfort with scripting languages and Linux
    • Troubleshooting Linux software application stacks (databases, web applications,networks)
    • Software design principals, object-oriented architecture, relational data modeling, web UI design)

    To Apply

    Please apply on the Washington University Careers website.

    Salary Range
    The hiring range for this position is $53,206 - $69,160 annually.

    Department Summary
    Learn more about the McDonnell Genome Institute.

    Benefits
    This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.

    EOE Statement
    Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

  • This individual will focus on using high-throughput methods to study the causes and consequences of genome variation in mammals.

    Essential Functions

    One of only three NIH-funded large-scale genome centers in the United States, the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University is a leader in genomics research as it applies to the study of biology, human disease and the field of personalized medicine. Founded in 1993, the McDonnell Genome Institute focuses on cancer genomics, the genomics of heritable diseases, microbial and pathogen genomics, as well as novel sequencing and evolutionary genomics

    Our mission is to help improve the human condition by producing, studying, and interpreting high-quality genome-based data that drives biological discoveries that range from the bench to the hospital bedside. We value the open sharing of information and ideas and encourage collaboration while also engaging the next generation of scientists through educational outreach efforts.

    Postdoctoral research positions in the area of Genomics and Bioinformatics are available in the laboratory of Dr. Ira Hall at the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Our group is focused on using high-throughput methods to study the causes and consequences of genome variation in mammals. Active projects address topics such as structural variation, genetic mosaicism, single cell genomics, cancer evolution, personal genome sequencing, and the development of new bioinformatic tools. As members of the McDonnell Genome Institute, we also participate in large-scale sequencing projects aimed at defining the genetic causes of human disease, and in efforts to develop and implement genome-based clinical assays.

    Required Qualifications

    A Ph.D. in a genomics-related field such as genetics, bioinformatics or computational biology, with a solid background in programming and/or statistics.

    Preferred Qualifications

    The ideal candidate will be proficient in programming (Python or C++), statistical analysis packages (Matlab or R), UNIX-like operating systems and high performance computing, and will have experience analyzing large-scale genomic datasets. The ability to analyze and interpret results and produce scientific publications is required. The ability to communicate well with others and work with teams of scientists, programmers and clinicians is critical.

    To Apply

    Please send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Dr. Ira Hall at ihall@genome.wustl.edu.

    Salary Range
    The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.

    Department Summary
    Learn more about the McDonnell Genome Institute and the Hall Lab.

    Benefits
    This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits. Make sure to look for postdoc benefits.

    EOE Statement
    Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.