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Cedars-Sinai Research Associate II - Svendsen Lab - iPSC in Los Angeles, California

Summary of Essential Job Duties:

The Svendsen Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Regenerative Medicine Institute is looking for a Research Associate II to join our dynamic group. The ideal incumbent should have experience in managing and analysis of large datasets using programming languages such as C/C++, Java, Perl, python, R, or the Unix(Linux) environment. The candidate should have an interest in stem cell and animal models with a focus on research in neurodegenerative diseases.

Under close supervision by the PI, project scientists, or postdoctoral scientists, the Research Associate II performs general bioinformatics analysis and software support for projects involving in omics. The RAII will manage omic data including loading and querying data from database system and public repositories, and transform and merge multilevel omic data into user-friendly formats, assist in development, test, and maintenance of modular software pipelines, provide daily bioinformatics data analysis, preliminary interpretation of the data, and reports of the results for possible publications.

The RBI:

Provides general bioinformatics analysis support for omic projects and mainly responsible for data analysis and software compilations including next generation sequence alignment, polymorphism identification, expression analysis, and visualization tools and browsers.

Summarizes data analyses results in the form suitable as the basis for the first draft of written reports, and makes preliminary interpretations of the data.

Manages data including loading and querying data from database systems, downloading omic data from public repositories, and transforming data to the necessary formats.

Helps to identify, evaluate, and incorporate relevant algorithms and software pipelines by reviewing pertinent literatures in bioinformatics and computational biology.

Helps develop tools and pipelines as necessary to keep pace with rapid advances in sequencing technology.

Continues to learn and adapt to new analysis pipelines and software to improve research output.

Educates others about bioinformatics through mentoring of and teaching colleagues, investigators, fellows, and graduate students.

Daily Duties will include the following:

  • Works with laboratory staff to develop and implement analysis frameworks.

  • Keeps accurate and detailed project records of experiments and results.

  • Maintains lab equipment and related records.

  • Maintains computer database with relevant information.

  • Implements scripts for the analysis of complex imaging and multi-omic analysis datasets.

Educational Requirements:

BA or BS Degree in Computer Science, Electric Engineering, Computational biology, or Bioinformatics, or relevant fields (e.g. Biology with strong quantitative training, biostatistics with concentration in bioinformatics).

License/Certification Requirements:



  • 0-3 years in research environment.

  • Background and work knowledge in algorithms, scientific computing, and machine learning or statistics, Familiar with C/C++, Java, Perl, python, R, or the Unix (Linux) environment.

  • Experiences in manipulating, analyzing, and annotating very large genomic (e.g. NGS) data sets, both in exploratory and pipelined fashions, will be a plus.

Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law.