Bioinformatician I-III

Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
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Location : City


Combatting Immune Disease Through Genomics Analysis!  Come join our team and help fight immune diseases. 


We need individuals to apply cutting edge big data approaches to study the human immune system. We believe that understanding how the immune system is broken in diseases like cancer and autoimmunity will lead to better patient care. We are looking for highly motivated and creative individuals who enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team-oriented environment to use Systems Biology approaches to discover new mechanisms, biomarkers and therapies for immune diseases. 


Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) is an internationally recognized medical research institute committed to finding a cure for autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases, through a combination of basic and translational research programs. This means you can contribute to scientific advances that have a direct impact on people afflicted with these diseases, including type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, allergies, and asthma. BRI research leadership has identified Bioinformatics as a key enabling technology, so there is broad and strong support for the analysis, and visualization of research data.  


The role of a bioinformatician is to combine computer science, statistics, mathematics, and engineering to analyze and interpret biological data. As such, bioinformaticians are expected to have a solid understanding of the basic principles guiding each of these fields. Bioinformaticians can work at the level of individual projects, analyzing data and offering statistical guidance, or create and maintain analysis “pipelines”, which are automated workflows that are applicable to many projects. They often work collaboratively with wet-lab experimental scientists, software engineers, and other bioinformaticians. Although not limited to the field of genomics, many bioinformatics applications are designed for the analysis of gene sequencing or expression data, as well as molecular structure data. Common uses of bioinformatics include the identification of candidate genes and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Often, such identification is made with the aim of better understanding the genetic basis of disease, unique adaptations, or differences between populations.

  • Perform biostatistical or other bioinformatics based analysis working with institute scientists, including generating quality control and data output reports, visualizations, and publication-quality graphics where appropriate.
  • Critically evaluate experimental design and its relationship to bioinformatics analysis.
  • Work independently and collaboratively with all levels of institute researchers, in a dynamic research environment to design and implement new immunological experiments.
  • Participate in writing quarterly reports, progress reports, proposals, and journal articles.
  • Keep informed of cutting-edge ideas, research, and technology, and apply them as appropriate.
  • Update the Systems Immunology Division on new data analysis methods and publications.
  • Educate institute scientists in bioinformatics and biostatistics through open door consulting and classroom sessions.
  • Attend and present data at external scientific meetings and conferences as appropriate.
  • Meet established deadlines and milestones.
  • Comply with health & safety procedures and practices.
  • Perform other duties as required.


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: $73,680 to $114,200 per year. 


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: $86,190 to $137,040 per year. 

Bioinformatician III: Requires a Ph.D: in bioinformatics, biostatistics, or other life science with a strong understanding of the principals of bioinformatics, proven ability to develop new methodology when needed, and 5 or more years related experience, or equivalent combination of related education and experience post bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree required. Annual salary: $102,700 to $167,400 per year.

  • Demonstrates success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others as well as independent thought
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management, task organization, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Proficiency in laboratory information and general data management skills.
  • Has a solid understanding and knowledge of the scientific basis of their field.
  • Understands the principles of molecular biology, genetics, and immunology.
  • Proficiency operating in a mixed UNIX-Mac-Windows environment.
  • Programming skills in Unix shell scripting languages (sh/sed/awk), other scripting languages (Perl, Python), and at least one high-level programming language such as C or Java.
  • Proficiency with bioinformatics analysis software such as R/Bioconductor, SAS/JMP Genomics.
  • A focus or strength in one or more areas of bioinformatics such as experimental design, RNA-seq analysis, genomic assembly, biostatistics, machine learning, data visualization, etc.


Bioinformatician I: $73,680 to $114,200 per year

Bioinformatician II: $86,190 to $137,040 per year 

Bioinformatician III: $102,700 to $167,400 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
  • Educational assistance program
  • Subsidized bus pass
  • YMCA rebate and other fitness club discounts
  • Voluntary benefits, e.g., pet insurance, accident, critical illness, identify theft
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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 206-342-6972 or email


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