Computational Genomics Research Work at UC Santa Cruz

The Computational Genomics Laboratory (CGL) of the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute is looking for specialists in computational biology, computational genomics, sequence analysis, genome comparison, human variation, cancer genomics and bioinformatics and those looking for a rewarding software engineering job in Santa Cruz. We are looking for people with diverse backgrounds, in computer science, bioinformatics, mathematics, statistics, physics, molecular and cell biology and biological sciences, who are curious about computational genomics research.

Visit our Careers page,, and learn about opportunities in computational genomics research and molecular biology for rewarding software development and engineering jobs in Santa Cruz.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Please send a resume and brief cover letter describing your research interests and career goals to

Graduate Students

Considering graduate work doing computational genomics research at UC Santa Cruz? Send a resume and cover letter to to ask about computer science or biomolecular engineering graduate studies with a focus in computational genomics research. We are always looking for talented students who have studied computer science or molecular biology who are interested in earning their Master’s or PhDs in genomics. We accept many students through the UCSC bioengineering program and the computer science program.

Undergraduate Students

We offer undergraduate research assistant positions to qualified UCSC students, including through volunteer internships and course credit. Bioengineering and computer science students find it’s an opportunity for an entry-level engineering job in Santa Cruz, and a way to learn programming skills while contributing to genomic science.

Please complete the following form. If selected, be prepared to complete a short programming challenge and interview. We will review every applicant, but due to volume we may not be able to respond directly to your application.

All undergraduate research assistants will be required to informally present a very brief update on their accomplishments at the CGL monthly group meeting. It’s a great way to meet other researchers and become familiar with their work. Research assistants receiving course credit will also be required to make an oral or poster presentation at the end of the quarter.

Applicants seeking course credit need apply in plenty of time to ensure admission for a given quarter. Research assistants receiving course credit may work with the lab on an ongoing basis, with discretionary renewal required each quarter.

Outstanding research assistants may be offered summer internships to work on a focused research project full time. Summer internships are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Software Engineering Jobs in Santa Cruz at UCSC’s Computational Genomics Laboratory (CGL)

Yes, you can live and work — in software engineering — in Santa Cruz!  Open jobs are posted on the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute careers page. We particularly recruit talented software engineers, and take candidates with diverse educational backgrounds.

Software Engineers: Find meaning in your work and work where you live when you join our collaboration on the Human Cell Atlas. Apply now!

For general inquiries, please send a resume and cover letter describing your interests and career goals; include “CGL jobs” in the subject line and email