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Thermo Fisher Scientific Bioinformatics Scientist - Primer Design in Carlsbad, California

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or increasing productivity in their laboratories, we are here to support them.

Location/Division Specific Information:

  • South San Francisco "or" Carlsbad, CA.

  • Clinical Next-Generation Sequencing Division

How will you make an impact?

You will be part of the Bioinformatics R&D team in Clinical Next Generation Sequencing Group and will be responsible for primer design for the development of targeted sequencing panels, pipelines and algorithms for next-generation DNA sequencing.

As the leading supplier of life science technology and related applications, we are helping life scientists understand and use the power of genomics to pursue new scientific discoveries and advance clinical research in personalized medicine.

What will you do?

  • Design assays for custom targeted sequencing panels for external and internal researchers

  • Understand the core scientific questions and design assays to best address these questions.

  • Develop, maintain, and operate bioinformatics pipelines for assay design, data mining and analysis

  • Improve the designs by iterative analysis of the sequencing data obtained. Develop heuristic rules, optimization, and algorithms to improve the design pipeline.

  • Analyze sequence data and mine public databases for sequence content.

  • Collaborate closely with the molecular biologists, product management, sales, experimental researchers and other members of the Bioinformatics team

  • Work closely with external customers to understand and provide the best design solution that meets their needs

How will you get here?


  • This position requires the knowledge and skills normally acquired through completion of a MS/PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Genomics or related field. Three years of relevant working experience is required.

  • Experience working and developing bioinformatics production systems.

  • The candidate must have experience in Perl / Python programming, shell scripting and SQL.

  • The following are also required: hands-on experience with the relevant sequence analysis tools (e.g. Blast, Clustalw, bowtie, etc.); an excellent understanding of genomic databases and their annotations (GenBank, RefSeq, ENSEMBL, dbSNP, UCSC genome browser); a good understanding of the biology behind genotyping, gene expression profiling, comparative genomics and genetic mapping; an appreciation of the use of statistical methods and mathematical models in the interpretation of biological data; experience with next generation sequencing data

  • Strong communication and organization skills are needed.

Our global team of more than 80,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com .

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.