Watchmaker Genomics is an early-stage life science company based in Boulder, Colorado. Our team is passionate about innovation and values collaboration, creativity and scientific rigor. We believe the intersection of biology, engineering and computer science presents exciting opportunities for developing novel technologies that promote research and improve human health. Watchmaker Genomics specializes in the design, development, and production of DNA- and RNA-modifying enzymes that enable high-growth applications in genomics, molecular diagnostics, and personalized medicine.

Watchmaker Genomics is inviting applications for the full-time position of Bioinformatics Associate I. This position reports to a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, and will contribute primarily to on-going ad hoc R&D data analysis and visualization. This role will also entail contributing to robust internal analytical pipeline development and mathematical model development. Furthermore, this position will contribute to the development of automated analytical pipelines which requires rigorous, scalable software development and testing. The ideal candidate will also have a firm understanding of the basic molecular biology of sequencing library preparation.

The successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced working environment and contribute directly to our company culture and success. The position provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience in product development as well as gaining skills in both robust software development along with bioinformatic skills.

  • Contribute to a highly innovative and efficient R&D computational biology program
  • Implement novel algorithms for the analysis of a wide variety of sequencing data sets
  • Build, maintain and grow a well-engineered and documented code base
  • Identify opportunities for internal process improvement
Skills and Requirements

The candidate should have a B.Sc or M.Sc in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, mathematics/statistics, or physics. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in data exploration and visualization. Strong software engineering skills and a basic understanding of methods of sequencing library preparation are a plus. Experience in other areas including structural biology, data extraction from large biological databases (e.g. GEO, TCGA, JGI genome database, etc) are also plus.

The following skills and experience are requirements for the position:

  • Proficiency in Python and/or R, familiarity with statically typed languages such as C++ and Java are a plus

  • A basic understanding of molecular biology techniques such as PCR and sequencing library preparation

  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work as an effective member of a goal-oriented team

  • Adept and creative problem-solving skills

  • Rigorous data analysis skills, including solid statistics and bioinformatics is a plus

  • Excellent organizational skills and outstanding attention to detail

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • B.Sc or an M.Sc in bioinformatics, computer science, computational biology, mathematics/statistics, or physics.
Application Procedure

Required Application Materials

  • Current CV, including a phone number and email address
  • A letter of motivation – Applications without a letter of motivation will not be considered
  • The names and contact information of two references who are able to assess your suitability for the position in terms of the specified requirements
  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance
  • Monday to Friday