Junior Bioinformatician/Technician in Systems Immunology of Infectious Diseases

9420 Athena Cir, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA Req #304
Thursday, November 3, 2022

The Peters lab at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) is looking for a junior bioinformatician to join our funded efforts in profiling immune system responses for B. Pertussis following infection or vaccination. Qualified applicants will have multiple opportunities to collaborate with our interdisciplinary team of experimental and computational scientists working towards understanding, preventing, and curing infectious diseases. This position is expected to be filled by candidates holding a bachelor’s degree (or more) looking for advanced training positions.



Under the supervision of Drs. Pramod Shinde and Bjoern Peters, the Research Technician will assist in performing research in immunology/vaccine discovery. The Research Technician will assist in developing a multi-omics data integration pipeline that includes data curation, pre-processing, standardization, exploration, and participation in regular internal discussions and presentations.


How to apply: Interested candidates must include a cover letter describing why they are interested in this position. Applications without a cover letter included will not be reviewed.


Qualifications and Requirements:

      B.A./B.S. or higher in biological or computer sciences

      Proficiency in Python/R programming

      Knowledge of immunology is a plus

      Strong presentation and communication skills

      Positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team


Interested applicants, please submit the following in a single attachment:

  1. A brief cover letter relating how your talents fulfill the criteria for this position 
  2. Your resume/CV
  3. A minimum of two references (three preferred) 



About LJI: In 2021, for the 4th time, LJI was named a “Top Workplace” in San Diego County, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. LJI is located in the Science Research Park on the campus of UC San Diego, with easy access to the San Diego life sciences community and the La Jolla area. Full-time employment at LJI includes a competitive salary, medical/dental/vision benefits, paid vacation/sick leave, and contributions to a (403b) retirement plan.


Background: Pertussis: In the mid-1990s, concerns over vaccine-related side effects prompted the widespread replacement of the whole-cell Pertussis (wP) vaccine in favor of a safer acellular Pertussis (aP) vaccine. Recent years witnessed a worldwide reemergence of Pertussis (whooping cough) despite widespread vaccination. Our approach is to compare individuals born before 1995 and vaccinated in infancy with wP, with individuals born in 1996 or later and vaccinated with aP in infancy, thus directly studying the population and age group in which the increased disease incidence is noted. Our long-term goal is to identify the cascade of immune events following Pertussis booster vaccination/infection and to identify correlates of long-lasting vaccine-induced immunity.

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With over 30 different countries represented, diversity is respected and celebrated at LJI. We are committed to ensuring a safe and compassionate environment that is equal, just, and fair. Science and discovery benefit from a diversity of talents, a diversity of approaches, and a diversity of perspectives. The La Jolla Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative is designed to help us identify areas at the Institute that need improvement so we can together create an environment that is inclusive, provides equal opportunities, and opens doors that propel our research for human health. 
La Jolla Institute is committed to compensation that is externally competitive and internally equitable. We validate this commitment by conducting regular market analyses to remain competitive with organizations of similar size in the nonprofit, independent research sector. Compensation decisions consider a variety of factors including experience, education, unique skill sets, organizational need, and internal equity. 

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