Job:Computational research positions, incl. postdoctoral scholars (recommender systems in genomics)
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We’re excited about a new initiative applying recommender systems to genomics, and are looking to hire for multiple positions. Positions available immediately, until filled. We have flexibility to consider applicants from across the USA and in exceptional cases beyond.

Background and directions

Used for years by Amazon, Spotify, Redfin, Zillow and many others to optimize commercial success, we instead use recommender systems to maximize the potential and use of large scale genomics data.

A bit more background on some ideas related to this:

Available Positions

We’re currently hiring computational postdoctoral researchers ($80k+) as well as otherwise experienced computational scientists (junior or senior).

Domain expertise in genomics is preferred but strictly not required. What’s more important is your experience with large scale data analysis, recommender systems and/or general information retrieval methods. Together, we will develop ideas on how to best apply such approaches to genomics data at scale, through a combination of relevant technical skills and domain knowledge.

If you are unsure about how you could contribute or fit in, please do not self-select yourself out, but let’s talk. People from traditionally underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply: we want to hear from you. If you have relevant experience and want to apply this to genomics, this is a great opportunity to make a big impact!

Research environment

Dr. Meuleman’s research interests span genome organization, regulatory genomics, computational epigenomics and large-scale data integration & visualization. We operate as a small group, and aim for a research environment driven by curiosity, collaboration, veracity, and inclusion, so that we can do our best work together. This environment includes a strong commitment to training and teaching of skills required, and an expectation of working with enthusiastic self-motivating people.

Working at the Altius Institute

The Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences is a non-profit research institute with ~80 people, located on Seattle’s waterfront right next to Pike Place Market. Beyond great food, coffee & culture, Seattle offers plenty of skiing, hiking & camping opportunites less than an hour away. Altius offers amazing employment benefits, including matched retirement fund contributions, generous time off (incl. paid holidays and parental leave), great medical/dental/vision plans, commuter benefits & much more.

Other available positions

In addition to the positions listed above, we further have openings in the areas of: regulatory genome organization and annotation, large-scale genomic data visualization and synthetic sequence generation using machine learning models.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following material to

  • curriculum vitae
  • a cover letter outlining previous experience, current interests and career goals
  • contact information for three references

Inquiries about these and other positions are welcome and encouraged. Please contact Dr. Wouter Meuleman by email ( or via Twitter DM (@nameluem).

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