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Job ID 25099
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual interested in joining a multidisciplinary computational genomics group to develop and implement software for genome analysis, annotation and data management in the laboratory of Dr. Christine Elsik. The Elsik lab focuses on integration of "omics" data to gain insight into biological function and evolution, and applies novel approaches in the annotation of eukaryotic genomes. Dr. Elsik has a joint appointment in the Divisions of Animal and Plant Sciences, and is a core faculty member of the MU Informatics Institute. Ongoing projects include the Hymenoptera Genome Database, the Bovine Genome Database, HymenopteraMine, BovineMine and MaizeMine.

The goal of this position is to contribute to the group's genome database projects through the development of data mining and graphical applications for genome and annotation data. Other responsibilities may include developing controlled vocabularies, documenting code, formatting genomics data, developing user documentation and tutorials for bioinformatics software, training scientists to use bioinformatics software, and providing technical advice to graduate students and undergraduate student researchers. This position will provide a motivated individual with opportunities to present their work at international conferences.


• BS or MS in an area of computational or life sciences. If BS, at least two years professional programming experience, including bioinformatics, is

also required.
• Extensive expertise in a scripting language such as Perl or Python.
• Ability/desire to learn additional programming languages as necessary.
• Experience working in a Unix/Linux environment.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Motivated and self-starting.
• Strong problem-solving skills.
• Ability to multi-task.
• Ability to work independently and in a team environment.

Preferred qualifications:
• Professional programming experience.
• Experience with PostGreSQL database administration.
• Experience with Java and Javascript.
• Experience in design and implementation of genome databases and graphical genome browsers with GMOD (e.g. InterMine, JBrowse, Chado).
• Experience with Linux system administration.
• Comprehensive working knowledge of common bioinformatics tools.
• Detailed understanding of the content and structure of biomolecular databases.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, MO, is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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