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Working As A Computational Biologist

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Computational Biologist Do At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

* Responsible for designing and managing large-scale analyses of metagenomes to identify candidate phyla to target for genome reconstruction and metabolic characterization as part of a microbial “dark matter” genomic catalogue
* Utilize scripting language(s) and apply standard bioinformatics tools and pipelines for the analysis of genomic and metagenomic data
* Work in a high-performance computing environment and interact with a team of computer scientists, software developers and postdoctoral researchers to develop new methods and tools for large-scale metagenomic data analysis
* Apply knowledge of microbial metabolism and physiology to carry out in-depth characterization of genomes from novel phylogenetic lineages
* Present updates at group meetings and at scientific conferences, and publish results in peer-reviewed journals
* Contribute to research as part of a large multidisciplinary team
* Additional Desired Responsibilities:
* Develop software for the organization and handling of metagenomic data and automation of analytical procedures
* Support the development of user interface for navigation and data comparisons across thousands of genomic and metagenomic samples

What Does A Computational Biologist Do At Abbvie

* Interrogate large scale pre-clinical, clinical and omics data to identify biomarkers in support of new therapeutics for the treatment of cancer.
* Analyze complex data sets such as microarray, aCGH, NGS, single cell sequencing, etc., from pre-clinical models and patient samples to support novel target identification and validation.
* Build and maintain world-class bioinformatics capability (genomic databases, analytics methodology, software and pipelines) to support oncology projects including early target discovery, biomarker identification and validation, and clinical applications.
* Collaborate with a diverse set of scientists from molecular biology, cancer biology, biochemistry, biostatistics and clinical backgrounds to generate impactful analyses to support existing and identify new therapeutic opportunities

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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$39,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$164,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
The Dow Chemical Company
Highest Paying City
Lincoln, NE
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Computational Biologist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Computational Biologist in the United States is $80,890 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $165,000.

Real Computational Biologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Computational Biologist Calico Life Sciences LLC South San Francisco, CA Sep 23, 2016 $130,000
Computational Biologist Genentech South San Francisco, CA Nov 17, 2014 $122,569
Computational Biologist 10X Genomics, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Dec 24, 2015 $120,000 -
$130,000
Computational Biologist Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2013 $117,802
Computational Biologist Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Jan 09, 2014 $117,671
Senior Computational Biologist II Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Mar 12, 2016 $117,587
Senior Computational Biologist II Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Aug 17, 2016 $117,000
Senior Computational Biologist II Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $117,000
Senior Computational Biologist Silicon Valley Biosystems Foster City, CA Sep 17, 2013 $115,000 -
$145,000
Senior Computational Biologist II Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jun 29, 2015 $115,000
Senior Computational Biologist II Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jun 13, 2016 $115,000
Computational Biologist 10X Genomics, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 12, 2015 $105,000 -
$135,000
Genome Computational Biologist Dow Agrosciences, LLC Indianapolis, IN Sep 15, 2016 $91,140 -
$136,716
Computational Biologist Dow Agrosciences, LLC Indianapolis, IN Aug 20, 2016 $90,624 -
$135,936
Computational Biologist II Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Oct 05, 2015 $90,000
Computational Biologist Omicia, Inc. Oakland, CA Oct 02, 2016 $90,000 -
$110,000
Computational Biologist Immuneering Corporation Cambridge, MA Sep 14, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
Computational Biologist Clarient Diagnostic Services, Inc. Aliso Viejo, CA Aug 20, 2014 $90,000 -
$100,000
Computational Biologist Quest Diagnostics Incorporated Chantilly, VA May 30, 2016 $88,878 -
$116,300
Computational Biologist Bionano Genomics, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 11, 2014 $88,000
Computational Biologist II The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Dallas, TX Oct 08, 2015 $71,000
Computational Biologist The Broad Institute, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 29, 2014 $70,500 -
$109,500
Computational Biologist The Broad Institute, Inc. Cambridge, MA Dec 14, 2015 $70,500 -
$109,500
Computational Biologist I The Broad Institute, Inc. Cambridge, MA Feb 11, 2016 $70,500 -
$109,500
Computational Biologist I The Broad Institute, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jul 01, 2015 $70,500 -
$109,500
Computational Biologist I The Broad Institute, Inc. Cambridge, MA Nov 02, 2015 $70,500 -
$109,500
Computational Biologist II The Broad Institute, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jan 01, 2015 $70,500 -
$109,500
Computational Biologist Spectrum Health System Grand Rapids, MI Nov 01, 2014 $70,013

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Top Skills for A Computational Biologist

  1. Protein
  2. Large Whole Genome
  3. Data Analysis Pipeline
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  • Annotated genes and proteins in internal drug discovery database.
  • Designed experiments to understand DNA damage response pathway dynamics in order to find drug combinations for MM-398 and MM-302 teams.
  • Based on cell genome expression and inter-cellular mechanisms, developed and programmed kinetic models to study cell dynamics.
  • Developed best practice documentation for NGS analysis to enable transparent and reproducible data analysis.
  • Host of Computational Biology Seminar series

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Computational Biologist Demographics

Gender

Male

58.2%

Unknown

21.5%

Female

20.3%
Ethnicity

White

39.8%

Asian

34.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Black or African American

7.8%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

25.0%

Japanese

25.0%

Chinese

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%
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Computational Biologist Education

Schools

Northeastern University

9.5%

Iowa State University

7.1%

Johns Hopkins University

7.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.8%

University of Maryland - University College

4.8%

Washington University in Saint Louis

4.8%

George Mason University

4.8%

Brandeis University

4.8%

James Madison University

4.8%

University of South Florida

4.8%

Cornell University

4.8%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.8%

Texas A&M University

4.8%

University of Southern California

4.8%

University of New Mexico

4.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.8%

Williams College

2.4%

New York University

2.4%
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Majors

Biostatistics

19.5%

Biology

15.9%

Computer Science

11.0%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

9.8%

Statistics

4.9%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

4.9%

Mathematics

3.7%

Biomedical Engineering

3.7%

Biomedical Sciences

3.7%

Chemical Engineering

3.7%

Science, Technology, And Society

2.4%

Genetics

2.4%

Microbiology

2.4%

Biotechnology

2.4%

Chemistry

2.4%

Physics

2.4%

Ethnic, Gender And Minority Studies

1.2%

Information Sciences

1.2%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.2%

Medicine

1.2%
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Degrees

Doctorate

42.5%

Masters

34.5%

Bachelors

14.9%

Other

6.9%

Diploma

1.1%
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