Senior Bioinformatics Specialist - Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois

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Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois 60208

United States


Detailed Job Description

Senior Bioinformatics Specialist
Job ID: 27440

Are you interested in developing workflows and support for Northwestern's growing genomics research community? Are you skilled in developing bioinformatics pipelines and scripting? Do you enjoy teaching others? Northwestern is looking for an experienced, self-driven Sr Bioinformatics Specialist to develop skills within our medical research community and provide computational support.

Job Summary:
The Senior Bioinformatics Specialist is responsible for supporting genomic, medical, and related research through active development of collaborative relationships with Northwestern researchers and staff under minimal direction. The role will create bioinformatics pipelines for processing DNA-, RNA-, and/or Chip- sequencing data from a variety of studies and provide post-processing statistical analysis. This includes developing efficient data workflows, such as script development, software installation, and training for use of general or high-performance computing facilities, such as central, cloud, or laboratory resources. As an integral member of Research Computing Services, the Senior Bioinformatics Specialist leads training efforts through consultation and workshop development for Northwestern researchers and students in informatics, data science, and related skills.

Specific Responsibilities:

Partnership Development:
• Identify and develop relationships with Northwestern researchers and staff.
• Provide guidance to faculty, students, and research staff for research workflows, informatics pipelines, and computing and storage resources.
• Assist in writing of grant proposals with faculty or IT staff for external funding for Northwestern related research or support initiatives.
Community Development and Training:
• Train and educate graduate students, research staff, and/or faculty for utilizing and implementing bioinformatics pipelines, utilizing central computing and storage resources, etc.
• Identify, organize, and lead the development of new workshops, community events, and training programs for research computing tools and services.
• Represent NU Research Computing efforts at conferences and meetings.
• Represent the department at campus meetings, internal IT meetings, meetings with senior administrators or workshops for NU researchers.

Service Support and Onboarding:
• Provide technical support and assistance in designing, implementation, and testing of bioinformatics pipelines and workflows to process sequencing data from a variety of studies, writing scripts, and software/tool development (as needed to ensure pipeline performance and extensibility).
• Verify installation and functionality of installations and pipelines on computing systems and storage.
• Perform post-processing of results, e.g. data mining, statistical analysis and graphical display of output.
• Lead in the identification and implementation of technologies, standards, and architectures of importance, including cloud-based solutions.
• Provide user support and maintenance for existing bioinformatics tools.
• Communicate progress and results to research community and team effectively and regularly.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
• A minimum of 3 years of relevant scripting or programming experience required.
• Experience developing, implementing, and testing bioinformatics pipelines.
• Strong proficiency in Unix/Linux, scripting and programming languages (Pearl, Python, R, Java, C/C++, and/or shell).
• Experience using common bioinformatics tools (Bioconductor, bowtie, tophat, etc.).
• Basic knowledge of high-performance computing and cloud computing technologies.
• Ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to communicate technical details to non-technical audience.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Advanced degree in biological sciences, statistics, chemistry, computer science, or related field
• Experience in training or mentoring.
• 2-5 years of project management experience.
• Demonstrated ability in using and managing SQL server.
• General understanding of Galaxy and/or the Globus Genomics project.
• Experience in writing research grant proposals.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

All resumes for this position must be received through the electronic recruiting system. Forconsideration, please click on the link below. You will be directed to Northwestern University'selectronic recruiting system, eRecruit, where you will search and apply for current openings. To applyfor this position in eRecruit, enter the requisition number or the position title in the appropriate searchfield. Once you apply, you will receive an email confirming submission of your resume. For allresumes received, if there is interest in your candidacy, the human resources recruiter or thedepartment hiring manager will contact you. Requisition number for this position is # 27440.

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Keyword Phrases

  • Other IT
  • Senior Bioinformatics Specialist
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  • Bioinformatics & Biostatistics
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Other
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume