Bioinformatics Research Scientist (Bioinformatician I-II)

Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
Requisition number
HIP Core
Location : City


This highly collaborative 2+ year position, at the Benaroya Research Institute, provides a unique opportunity for multi-disciplinary research spanning Systems Immunology and the Human Immunophenotyping (HIP) Core/Long Lab, under the guidance of Dr. Hamid Bolouri and Dr. Alice Long.

HIP Core and Long Lab are translational immunology labs that study autoimmunity by using cytometry-based assays on samples from clinical trials paired with selected samples to better understand mechanisms of disease. 

Bolouri Lab is focused on developing and applying computational systems immunology methods to better understand immune dysregulation in autoimmunity, cancer, and infection.

We are seeking a bioinformatics scholar with strong interests in high-dimensional flow and mass cytometry, omics technologies, and systems immunology, as well as deep expertise in the development and application of bioinformatics methods and tools to emerging challenges in immunology research. Together, we hope to foster creative thinking that will move the field closer to treatments of immune mediated diseases.


  • Perform cytometry data annotation, curation, and harmonization as needed.
  • Work independently and collaboratively with Long lab and HIP Core researchers to design, implement, and analyze new immunological experiments.
  • Evaluate emerging computational methods and tools for cytometry data processing and analysis. Recommend, adapt, and implement best-of-class data processing/analysis pipelines for large-scale application at BRI.
  • Develop, adapt, extend, and implement best-of-class methods (i) to integrate cytometry data from multiple batches and projects, (ii) to integrate cytometry data from different platforms, (iii) integrate cytometry data with other data sets such as bulk/single-cell RNA-seq, ATAC-seq, and proteomics.
  • Educate HIP Core and Long lab scientists in bioinformatics, biostatistics, and computational best practices.
  • Attend and present data at external scientific meetings and conferences as appropriate.
  • Facilitate best visualization of data as appropriate and publish papers
  • Set and meet deadlines and milestones.
  • Be forward thinking by welcoming opportunities for additional training and engagement with the larger scientific community. 
  • Foster a friendly, collaborative learning environment that prioritizes integrity and respect, innovation and agility, and constant inquiry.


Bioinformatician I: Requires a bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics, biostatistics, or other life science with a strong understanding of the principals of bioinformatics, and 0-3 years related experience. Master’s degree preferred. Annual salary: $69,830 to $108,240. 


Bioinformatician II: Requires a master’s degree in bioinformatics, biostatistics, or other life science with a strong understanding of the principals of bioinformatics, and 3 to 5 or years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience post bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree required, PhD preferred. Annual salary: $81,680 to $129,870 per year. 


  • Demonstrated track record of technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others, and independent thought.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent time management, task organization, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Good understanding of molecular biology, genetics, and immunology.
  • Deep understanding of ‘Big Data’ and high-dimensional-data analysis methods (e.g. feature-selection, dimensionality reduction, pattern recognition, machine learning).
  • Proficiency operating in a mixed UNIX-Mac-Windows environment.
  • Programming skills in Unix shell scripting languages (sh/sed/awk).
  • Proficiency in bioinformatics analysis using R/Bioconductor and Python.
  • Familiarity with version management, high-performance and cloud computing environments, job scheduling, batch-processing, and workflow management systems.


$69,830 to $129,870 per year 


  • Medical, dental, vision hardware insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts: health care, dependent care, commuter
  • Short and long-term disability and life and AD&D insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan with matching funds after one year of employment
  • PTO: 13 holidays, three weeks of vacation and two weeks of sick leave per year
  • Employee assistance program
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Subsidized bus pass
  • Subsidized YMCA membership
  • Voluntary benefits, e.g., pet insurance, accident, critical illness, identify theft
  • See for benefit details 

About Us

Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) has a bold mission: Predict, prevent, reverse and cure immune system diseases, from autoimmune disease to cancer to COVID-19. We examine the immune system in both health and disease to understand how disorders start and how to rebalance the immune system back to health. Equipped with innovative tools and robust biorepositories, our team chips away at the biggest mysteries behind these conditions to work toward our vision of a healthy immune system for all. As an independent non-profit organization within Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, we collaborate with clinicians to accelerate the path from innovative lab discoveries to life-changing patient care.


At BRI, each role is valued and an important contributor to the vision and mission. BRI is committed to a safe, caring and diverse workplace; as well as to taking action to further our commitments to foster inclusion, equity and belonging so employees feel comfortable bringing their full selves to work. Consider making a difference, join our team. Because together, we are Powering Possibility.


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status. If you need assistance completing the application process, please contact Human Resources at 206-287-5646 or email


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