Job Title:

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Bioinformatics Intern


Applied Biological Materials Inc.


Richmond, BC

We are a unique supplier of premium quality genetic and cellular materials, and an Illumina Certified Service Provider (CSPro) of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for life science research and the biotechnology industry. Our highly regarded RNA-Seq, Whole Genome Sequencing, Metagenome sequencing, and many other custom NGS services are widely used by scientists around the world. Recognized as the 8th Largest Biotech Company in B.C. in 2016, abm is rapidly expanding and we are offering a Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Bioinformatics Intern position for a reliable, motivated and result-oriented individual.

The successful candidate will be part of the NGS team to provide our customers with a complete line of NGS and bioinformatics related services. The successful candidate will have plenty of opportunities for career development while being part of a highly diverse, innovative and interactive cohort of scientists.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform data analysis from DNA and RNA sequencing on the Illumina sequencing platform using existing pipelines for RNA-seq, WGS, WES, metagenome, and other tools. Types of analysis can include but not limited to gene expression analysis, variation calling, de novo assembly, functional annotation, and OTU classification.
  • Maintain and optimize existing analysis workflow and update with new tools if necessary.
  • Develop and optimize new bioinformatics scripts, workflows and services in accordance to abm’s sequencing services and R&D efforts.
  • Assist technical support and BD staff for NGS project consultation.
  • Generate data analysis reports for clients.
  • Maintain and organize all production and programming records/documents carefully and neatly in detail.
  • Assist the senior scientists with on-going R&D projects and bioinformatics needs.

Qualifications : shortlisted candidates will have the following experience:

  • A minimum of BSc in Computer Science/Biology/Bioinformatics or related discipline.
  • Experience coding in Perl, Python, Shell, or other scripting language. Skills in other programming languages would be an asset.
  • Working knowledge of basic bioinformatics tools such as Blast, short read aligners, and variation calling tools.
  • Prior research experience or work experience with NGS applications would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of NGS library preparation is not required, but would be an asset.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to troubleshoot
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced, team environment.
  • Preference is given to Canadian citizens or permanent residences.

This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a research oriented, creative and dynamic environment. We offer remuneration based on experience, with significant career development opportunities.


If you are interested in this challenging and rewarding position, please visit to apply for the position. We would like to thank all interested applicants for their submission; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Posted 2017-12-05

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