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Advanced Bioinformatics Data Scientist

With over 35 nationalities and a range of backgrounds represented in our Benevolent team, we aim to build an inclusive environment where our people can bring their authentic selves to work, be respected for who they are and the exceptional work they do. We welcome and actively encourage applications from all sections of society and are committed to offering equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, disability, age, citizenship, or any other basis. We see our diversity as an asset as we tackle challenging problems that bridge the gap between drug discovery and technology.


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 squad 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

  • Develop programmatic tools and workflows that automate the analysis of biomedical datasets in the DNAnexus platform.
  • Process and integrate Omics datasets for biological insights that lead to testable hypotheses relevant to Drug Discovery and Clinical Development programmes undertaken by BenevolentAI.
  • Work with software engineers to integrate data analysis results into the Knowledge Graph
  • Work closely with lab-based researchers to assist in the design of experiments
Additional Responsibilities
  • Work together with software engineers to productionise informatics logic and algorithms to power user-facing tools that are applied in BAI drug discovery programmes.
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively across product, technology, and drug discovery scientific disciplines and functions to achieve BenevolentAI strategic goals.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nice to haves
  • Experience in using technologies we like, which include: Neo4j, GraphQL, BigQuery, ElasticSearch, MySQL, MongoDB, Spark, GitLab, Kubernetes, AWS, Jupyter.
  • Excellent communicator, both verbal and written, with an ability to share knowledge and ideas between scientific and engineering disciplines.
  • Familiarity with the drug discovery process and a basic understanding of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

We share a passion for being part of a mission that matters, and we are always looking for curious and collaborative people who share our values and want to be part of our journey.  If that sounds like a fit for you, hit the apply button and join us.

About us

BenevolentAI (AMS: BAI) is a leading, clinical-stage AI-enabled drug discovery and development company listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. Through the combined capabilities of its AI platform, scientific expertise, and wet-lab facilities, BenevolentAI is well-positioned to deliver novel drug candidates with a higher probability of clinical success than those developed using traditional methods. The Benevolent Platform™ powers a growing in-house pipeline of 13 named drug programmes and over 10 exploratory programmes, and it maintains successful collaborations with AstraZeneca, as well as leading research and charitable institutions. BenevolentAI is headquartered in London, with a research facility in Cambridge (UK) and a further office in New York.

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