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Advanced Bioinformatics Data Scientist

The Company

BenevolentAI unites technology with human intelligence to re-engineer drug discovery and deliver life-changing medicines. We have developed the Benevolent Platform®, a drug discovery platform built on powerful data foundations with state of the art machine learning and AI technology. Our technology empowers scientists to decipher the vast and complex code underlying human biology, find new ways to treat disease and personalise medicines to patients. Benevolent has active in-house R&D drug programmes in disease areas such as neurodegeneration, immunology, oncology and inflammation and has research and commercial collaborations with leading pharmaceutical and research organisations. The company is headquartered in London with a research facility in Cambridge (UK) and a further office in New York.

Who we are

We are an eclectic bunch at Benevolent, united by our belief that innovative thinking and purposeful technology can truly change outcomes for the better. Our mission is to re-engineer drug discovery and deliver life-changing medicines for patients in need and we do this by applying AI, machine learning and other advanced technologies to reinvent the ways drugs are discovered and developed. We strive to bring together unique skills and perspectives across biology, chemistry, engineering, AI research, informatics, precision medicine and drug discovery.

The Role

The Informatics & Data team is focused on applying bioinformatics techniques to drug discovery and precision medicine. We are keen to hear from Bioinformaticians, with a passion and proven track record of integrating and analysing biomedical datasets, to join the growing Biomedical Informatics department. You will find yourself working as part of a cross-functional team supporting BenevolentAI’s data integration, target identification and precision medicine activities.

The Genomics & Genetics team has established a robust and sustainable end to end (E2E) solution to simplify and streamline the capture, processing and analyses of Omics data at BenevolentAI. As a Bioinformatics Scientist in the team, you will contribute to the strategy by developing Omics data flows and working closely with experts who are involved in the generation, handling and consumption of such data.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Working as a member of a cross-functional team, that brings together the best in class Informatics, AI, Engineering, Drug Discovery and Product capabilities to tackle the scientific challenges BenevolentAI is looking to find solutions for
  • Processing, integrating and analysing biomedical datasets for biological insights that lead to testable hypotheses relevant to Drug Discovery and Clinical Development programmes undertaken by BenevolentAI.
  • Developing programmatic tools and workflows that automate the analysis of biomedical datasets and integrate them into the DNAnexus platform.
Additional Responsibilities
  • As a member of the Biomedical Informatics department you will be responsible for investigating, prototyping, and implementing new scientific capabilities and disseminating the latest Bioinformatics, Data Science and Computational Biology research trends and developments throughout the organisation.

We are looking for someone with

  • A PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology or related field of research OR BSc/MSc with 2+ years experience (preferably industry), integrating and analysing ‘omics and biomedical datasets to directly support Drug Discovery activities.
  • Experience analysing ‘omics data and applying state of the art methods to address biological problems.
  • Excellent communicator, both verbal and written, with the ability to influence at all levels and across all departments.
  • Strong programming ability in relevant frameworks and languages such as Python, WDL, CWL, Nextflow, or shell scripting. Candidates should also be familiar with the language packages that support Bioinformatics, Data Science and Machine Learning activities.
  • Experience in using technologies we like, which include: Neo4j, GraphQL, BigQuery, ElasticSearch, MySQL, MongoDB, Spark, GitLab, Kubernetes, AWS, Jupyter.
  • Hands on experience working with Omics data types such as RNA-Seq, scRNA-seq, ATAC-seq, Hi-C, WES, WGS, proteomic, metabolomic data etc. from different sources.
  • Experience with DNAnexus platform and the SDK to develop analytic tools would be considered beneficial.
  • Strong background and understanding of different NGS technologies including Illumina sequencing and 10X Genomics.

Together, we envision a world in which no disease goes untreated. If you are benevolent, curious, want to tackle real world problems and are willing to embrace new ideas, hit that ‘apply’ button and join us.

Important Note

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