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Associate Data Wrangler

Requisition ID 89970 Job Code 4181 Grade F Employee Status Regular Schedule Full-time

Would you like to take a part in the development of a framework that will elucidate our understanding of how genomic variation shapes phenotypes in the human population? Stanford University Department of Genetics ( has an excellent opportunity for an entry-level associate data wrangler to play a role in a project, studying the function of the human genome and determining how genomic variation influences the development and progression of diseases.

Associate data wrangler duties will include:

  • Collection and integration of scientific data on the biology of model organisms and humans for inclusion into online database resources
  • Metadata curation guided by internal reports generated by various validation and error detection processes
  • Troubleshooting and diagnosis of issues in the quality assurance environment, with subsequent communication of that knowledge to a varied audience of technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Resource documentation editing and maintenance, including educational material for the resources’ users
  • Execution and monitoring of computational analysis pipelines

The desired candidate needs to have an education (Bachelor’s degree) in one or more of the following disciplines: molecular biology, cellular biology, immunology and genetics. Excellent communication and organizational skills, with a strong attention to details are required.
Previous experience working in an academic environment is a plus.
Experience with scripting languages is a plus.
Compliance with and support of University and government health & safety regulations & policies is required.

Duties include:

  • Collect, analyze and interpret information from peer-reviewed scientific journals and/or through direct submissions by applying specific scientific content knowledge. Abstract data into the required format, and verify for accuracy.
  • Review complex, scientific submissions to the database for quality and relevancy; abstract information in the required formats. Review, research and resolve quality control reports findings.
  • Conduct independent research of scientific literature and other available research to add content to the database and identify upcoming research opportunities.
  • Develop documentation regarding effective use of the database for user community, typically professors, students and citizen scientists.
  • Research and ensure resolution of user inquiries such as content and web site issues.
  • Test new functionality with software to determine issues. Escalate and follow up on identified issues.
  • Maintain quality control and integrity of databases and query tools for data mining as part of a collaborative team based on technical content expertise in a scientific field, such as molecular biology or chemistry.
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports and publications regarding research progress by researching data/statistics and investigating errors or changes of data are accurate.
  • Create and participate in presentations and demonstrations of the database at conferences or other institutions.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.


  • B.Sc in Genomics or related scientific field
  • UNIX experience
  • Scripting experience


Bachelor’s degree in scientific field and one year of related experience, or combination of relevant experience.


  • Solid analytical skills.
  • Strong written and oral English communication skills.
  • Computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Ability to understand scientific literature, experimental procedures and their limitations, and current needs of the research community.




  • Frequently perform desk based computer tasks, seated work and use light/ fine grasping.
  • Occasionally stand, walk, and write by hand, lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May work extended or non-standard hours based on project or business needs. Occasional local travel may be required.
  • Some work may be performed in a laboratory setting.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

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