Job details Bioinformatics Scientist

Posting Period

From March 19, 2021
to May 15, 2021

Country or region

United States

Location

Lebanon, New Hampshire

Business Unit

Corporate Group

Department

Research and Development

Entry date

As soon as possible

Job Status

Permanent - Full time

Minimal required work experience

An asset

Minimal education level required

Master's Degree

Salary

Based on experience

Bioinformatics Scientist

Main Functions

Mascoma LLC (Lebanon, New Hampshire), part of Lallemand’s corporate R&D business group, is a recognized leader in advanced bioconversion products. Mascoma applies innovative synthetic biology, analytical chemistry, fermentation, and bioinformatics technologies to develop and deliver innovative products across all markets served by Lallemand (baking, brewing, winemaking, distilled spirits, pharmaceuticals and probiotics, plant and animal care, biofuels). 

 

Mascoma is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation in addition to a package of benefits including: medical, dental, and eye care insurance; a 401K program and matching contributions; paid vacation time, holidays, and floating holidays; tuition reimbursement for ongoing education; and schedule flexibility, among others. We continually aim to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of our workforce, recognizing that fresh perspectives and diverse life experiences bring about the new ideas and creativity that make our team succeed. 

 

The Bioinformatics Scientist will join Mascoma’s Bioinformatics Group, where they will work in interdisciplinary global collaborations to support Lallemand’s diverse product portfolio with a wide variety of standard and custom bioinformatics services, focused around next-generation sequencing, genomics, transcriptomics, and metagenomics in fungi and bacteria. Our work is in support of product development (diversity prospecting, strain engineering), commercial use (strain identification, product application), and IP/regulatory filings. 

 

You will be responsible for: 

  1. Maintaining and improving existing bioinformatics analysis pipelines, and developing new pipelines as needed.
  2. Responding to requests for bioinformatics support from business units throughout Lallemand, taking ownership of individual requests:
    • Learn and understand the biology, market opportunity, and scientific needs underlying the request;
    • Translate the request into specific bioinformatics deliverables to define project scope;
    • Coordinate any required next-generation sequencing;
    • Execute analytical pipelines and interpret the results to make discoveries about microorganisms;
    • Summarize methods and communicate findings to diverse audiences, which may include: R&D scientists, customers, marketing teams, IP/regulatory teams, and upper management. 

Technical skills

Required

  • MSc or PhD in Bioinformatics, Biology, Computer Science, or closely related field
  • Strong programming expertise in Python, R, and bash
  • Experience with using open-source software tools for genomics (assembly, annotation, alignment, variant calling, comparative genomics, PCA) and transcriptomics analyses (differential expression)
  • Experience with High-Performance Computing (HPC) and remote access to compute resources
  • Familiarity with SQL and accessing data stored in relational databases

An asset

  • Experience building API integrations with third-party platforms
  • Experience with dashboard development (e.g. Tableau, Microsoft Power BI)
  • Experience with automated report generation (e.g. R Markdown)
  • Knowledge of microbial genetics
  • Experience with metagenomics, proteomics, and/or metabolomics
  • Experience with version control and peer code review
  • Experience with cloud storage and computing (Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure)
  • Experience with pipeline engineering and workflow management (e.g. Snakemake, Nextflow)
  • Experience with software package management (e.g. Conda) and containerization (e.g. Docker)
  • Experience with next-generation sequencing platforms (e.g. Illumina, Nanopore, and/or PacBio)

Personal abilities

Required

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously

General criteria

Required

  • Must be able to legally work in the United States. Position is compatible with remote work, however candidate must be willing and able to travel and be on site at our New Hampshire facility at least one week per quarter (pending the lifting of state and federal COVID-19 travel restrictions)

Organization

Lallemand is a privately held Canadian company, founded at the end of the 19th century, specializing in the development, production and marketing of yeasts and bacteria. The company is comprised of 11 major business units, each focused on specific applications of yeast and bacteria, with activities throughout worldwide. Administrative offices for the parent company are in Montreal, Canada. Today, Lallemand employs more than 4500 people working across more than 45 countries, on 5 continents.

Lallemand's corporate division encompasses all of the support services offered to our branches. Its goal is to optimize internal processes, ensure that your operation is running smoothly, and that your strategy is well thought-out.

Our corporate branch's head office is located in Montreal, Canada, and relies on a team that specializes in: Management; Finance and accounting; Engineering; Research and Development (R&D); Human Resources (HR); and Information Technology (IT). If you want to help bring enthusiasm, collaboration and innovation to our workplace, we'd love to get to know you!

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