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Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, Immunology



Posted on Sunday, May 7, 2023


We are seeking an immunologist with bioinformatics experience to join a multidisciplinary team developing leading-edge genomics analysis tools to understand the immune system's response to cancer. This highly motivated, detail-oriented individual would join a clinical genomics analysis group and will be responsible for developing and applying bioinformatics methods to immuno-oncology clinical datasets, creating descriptive summary statistics and data visualizations, and technical reports.


  • With the assistance of a multidisciplinary team, develop or enhance computational tools to predict antigenic somatic variants

  • Assist bioinformaticians and data scientists in developing approaches to gain better understanding of T-cell receptor binding to MHC-peptide complexes.

  • Use internal and external genomics data sources to understand how somatic and germline variation impacts the immune system’s response to cancer

  • Run and enhance established immune repertoire sequencing pipelines and workflows for NGS analysis in a clinical setting

  • Prototype, develop, document, deploy, and support novel clinical DNA and RNA sequencing analysis approaches NGS analysis

  • Benchmark new tools for sequencing data analysis and propose improvements

  • Develop QC metrics, gold standard datasets and tools for systematically testing and evaluating the accuracy of newly developed assays and methods

  • Collaborate with technical teams in specifying requirements for tools to enhance workflow efficiency, turnaround times and robustness

  • Participate in internal research projects and external research collaborations

  • Assist in preparing text and figures for manuscripts and external presentations

  • Summarize results in written or oral reports for computational biologists, molecular biologists, clinicians, and internal researchers


  • PhD degree in immunology, bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics, or a related field; or MS degree with 3+ years of post-graduation experience in immunology, bioinformatics, biology, computational biology, statistics, or a related field.


  • Proven experience applying state of the art approaches to understand immune repertoires and their changes across time and in response to interventions.

  • 3+ years demonstrated exposure using repertoire analysis tools (e.g. Immcantation, MiXCR, TRUST4, immunarch, etc)

  • Great understanding of immunology and human genetics (understanding of oncology is a plus).

  • Experience analyzing genomic sequencing data from Illumina platforms

  • Experience analyzing high-throughput RNA-seq data is a plus

  • Familiarity with using and scripting in UNIX shell (e.g. Bash)

  • Strong programming skills in common bioinformatics scripting languages (e.g. Python, R)

  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with other scientists, researchers and clinicians

  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to produce readable, reproducible and documented code (e.g. Jupyter, R markdown, etc)

  • Strong team-oriented work ethic with open, honest, and considerate communication skills

  • Experience writing SQL queries for data retrieval is required is a plus

  • Exposure to cancer genomics somatic variant calling is a plus

  • Experience working with large external data sources such as IEDB, iReceptor, VDJdb, and others is a plus


Natera™ is a global leader in cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing, dedicated to oncology, women’s health, and organ health. Our aim is to make personalized genetic testing and diagnostics part of the standard of care to protect health and enable earlier and more targeted interventions that lead to longer, healthier lives.

The Natera team consists of highly dedicated statisticians, geneticists, doctors, laboratory scientists, business professionals, software engineers and many other professionals from world-class institutions, who care deeply for our work and each other. When you join Natera, you’ll work hard and grow quickly. Working alongside the elite of the industry, you’ll be stretched and challenged, and take pride in being part of a company that is changing the landscape of genetic disease management.


Competitive Benefits - Employee benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life and disability plans for eligible employees and their dependents. Additionally, Natera employees and their immediate families receive free testing in addition to fertility care benefits. Other benefits include pregnancy and baby bonding leave, 401k benefits, commuter benefits and much more. We also offer a generous employee referral program!

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