Bioinformatician, Research and Development at DNA Genotek

DNA Genotek
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Job Type:
  • Staff
Degree Level Required:
Bachelor's, Masters, PhD
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Bioinformatician, Research and Development at DNA Genotek

The Bioinformatician will carry out bioinformatic analyses of high-throughput sequencing data to support product development and extend the use case of collection devices and chemistries for new avenues of microbiome and other genomics and transcriptomics applications. The role will involve executing existing workflows for analyses and contributing to data visualization and interpretation, as well as opportunities to develop and test new custom workflows and data solutions for genomic, metagenomic, and metatranscriptomic data.


• Execute common workflows and contribute data analysis and interpretation across a range of product R&D projects with high-throughput sequencing output related to microbiome sequencing (16S/amplicon sequencing, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics), and human ‘omics

• Contribute to workflow, code, and database maintenance and optimization

• Develop new analysis workflows as required under direction of lead bioinformatician by evaluating new software, coding and testing pipelines, and evaluating data outputs

• Communicate data analysis outcomes with visualizations and data reports, as well as via meeting with project team members and lead bioinformatician

• Data management, data backups, proper documentation of data and code


Education Undergraduate or graduate degree in in one or more of bioinformatics, computer science, biological sciences, chemistry, microbiology, statistics or applied mathematics, or another related field


• Proficient in R, Unix/Linux based system, Shell scripting

• Proficient in Python or Perl or similar scripting languages

• Familiarity with GitHub and version control

• Practical experience with high-throughput sequence data, specifically microbiome datasets (16S, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics) as demonstrated with publications or project history

• Familiarity with publicly available tools and databases for microbiome analysis

• Experience in cloud computing environments, specifically Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 and S3


• Able to independently manage and work on multiple concurrent projects

• Able to work and communicate effectively in a team

• Strong attention to detail

• Ability to self-learn and seek out solutions to data problems

• Able to communicate effectively at a high technical level and to non-experts equally

• Passion for data analysis and problem-solving

Other preferred qualifications

• A background in biological systems, and/or molecular or microbiology wet lab experience

• Experience in other genomic or transcriptomic data esp. human

• Technical and background knowledge in NGS sequencing, library preparation, molecular biology, computing, data and software management