Jr. Bioinformatician, Department of Computer Science (Wheeler Lab)





The Wheeler Lab at the University of Montana, Missoula invites applications for a Junior Bioinformatician (Research Assistant II) . The role of this position is to support the analysis of genomic data through the development of computer software and manual inspection of genomic datasets. The Junior Bioinformatician will work under the direct guidance of a senior researcher, gathering data, implementing software for analysis, inspecting data and analysis results for accuracy, and preparing reports.

The successful applicant will join a research group that includes 9 graduate researchers and two staff software engineers, and a staff bioinformatician. The role of this position is to support analysis of genomic data through development of computer software and manual inspection of genomic datasets.

Projects in the Wheeler lab are broad, ranging from statistical modeling of biological sequence families, algorithm design, to low-level software optimization, to FPGAs, to Deep Neural Networks, to Natural Language Processing, to web services; from genomes, to proteins, to infectious disease, to drug discovery, to animal behavior in videos.

Minimum Required Experience, Skills and Education
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalency) in genomics, biology, bioinformatics, computer science or related field, in addition to two (2) years of experience developing software for data analysis; or any combination of experience and education that provides the competencies necessary to successfully discharge the duties and responsibilities assigned to the position.
  • Demonstrated experience with the Python programming language
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills to effectively communicate the results of data analysis.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior experience analyzing genomic data.


About the Department of Computer Science, UM and Missoula



The Wheeler lab designs algorithms and statistical methods for sequence analysis in computational genomics, and develops high-quality implementations of those methods for incorporation into highly-used software pipelines and web services. We are particularly focused on the alignment of biological sequences and the accompanying problem of searching for similar sequences within large-scale biological sequence databases. The Wheeler lab is home to a diverse and highly interactive group of researchers.

The lab is located in the Computer Science Department at the University of Montana, and is closely affiliated with the Division of Biological Sciences . The Computer Science Department dedicates itself and its resources to the growing utility of computers in research and education, as well as the increased impact of computers on our modern society. Our primary mission is to offer degrees (major, minor, graduate) for students who want to pursue a career in this discipline. Primary objectives of our curriculum include: 1) develop professionally competent and broadly educated computer scientists who wish to pursue professional careers or graduate studies; 2) mentor students and provide them with opportunities to engage in CS research; and 3) teach students how to think computationally and engage in problem solving and critical analysis.

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with over 10,000 students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 72,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “ top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000 ” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “ The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014 . Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life . Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.



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Position Details

Position Title: Research Assistant II

Position Number: new

Department: Computer Science

Work Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week), 12 months/year.

Salary: $14.4/hrCurrent employee’s rate of pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation plan and will minimally be this posted salary. For questions and details regarding the staff compensation plan, email the Compensation Department .

Union Affiliation: FOCUS - MFPE

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits Include : Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.


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Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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