Senior Bioinformatics Specialist - Tufts Technology Services-18001218

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Senior Bioinformatics Specialist - Tufts Technology Services-18001218

Viewing technology in the context of work, scholarship and campus life, TTS is a university-wide service organization committed to delivering technology services that support Tufts’ mission of teaching, learning, research, and service. Understanding that IT enables innovation, TTS prioritizes holistic, human-centered design strategies to create timely and intuitive services, applications and tools that differentiate the Tufts experience.

Across our diverse and creative teams, we engage and focus our collective talent to strengthen Tufts’ strategic IT capabilities. To keep pace with our community’s emerging needs, we continue to evolve our competencies across four main families of practice, including Planning and Design, Service Delivery and Operations, Data Strategy, and Academic Technology.

Thinking and acting strategically with technology occurs through strong partnerships and an engaged community. Additionally, for technologies to take on integral meaning to our work, we also need reliable and consistent support in using them. With staff across all of Tufts’ campuses, as well as a 24x7 IT Service Desk, we collaborate with schools and divisions to meet the demands of a global, mobile community and to enable the broadest possible access.

Come join our collaborative, flexible work environment, where leadership is valued at all levels of the organization, and opportunities abound to work with leading technologies and learn new skills.

The Sr. Bioinformatics Specialist reports directly to the Director of Research Technology and holds a key position within the Research Technology directorate. S/he will lead the development, management, support and training of bioinformatics services for faculty and students, including High-Performance Computing (HPC), data workflow management, data analytics and visualization. In addition, s/he will work with new technologies, and support eminent faculty in all departments including the new Data Intensive Science Center (DISC), a vibrant, intellectual center that will empower both research and teaching across multiple domains including Arts, Humanities and STEM. Key responsibilities include: 1) developing, managing, and supporting a set of core bioinformatics services with a focus on Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), 2) providing consulting services as well as technical support and training to faculty, post-docs, and students from a wide range of academic backgrounds (including, but not limited to, biology, medicine, engineering, and nutrition).” and 3) serving as a liaison to other TTS directorates that participate in the successful delivery of our services to the Tufts community. This position will have the opportunity to work with our multi-talented team to enhance your technical, collaboration, project management, communication and user skills. As analytical, data and computational needs increase across all domains, this is one of the most exciting times to be in bioinformatics, and every day will bring new challenges and interactions.

Basic Requirements:

  • MS in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Computational Biology or a quantitative science (Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics) and at least 5 years of work experience.
  • Deep understanding of next generation sequencing (NGS) methods, quality scores and their interpretation
  • 3+ years of experience designing and developing research and/ or production-grade bioinformatics pipeline solutions for NGS applications
  • Significant hands-on experience with:
    • Bioinformatics methods appropriate for microarray analysis (mRNA, miRNA).
    • Next generation sequencing (RNASeq, CHiPSeq, genome re-sequencing, targeted sequencing, and de novo genome assembly) or sequence, pathway and functional analysis.
    • Genome alignment, mapping, variant calling and annotation.
  • Previous experience with:
    • Hadoop & Spark platforms.
    • ETL workflows (Extract, Transform and Load) for bioinformatics & AWS Cloud environments.
    • AWS Cloud services.
    • Developing sustainable services for faculty and students.
    • Open source bioinformatics tools.
    • One or more programming languages and databases: Python, Matlab, R, SQL, MongoDB.
  • Very strong research background in bioinformatics and associated research methodologies including relevant literature (Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics).
  • Strong understanding of High-Performance Computing (HPC), analytics and visualization platforms, including extensive experience with UNIX/Linux based systems.
  • Proven ability to visualize and present bioinformatics data using relevant programming and visualization tools (R, Python, D3.js, etc.).
  • Software engineering expertise, especially as related to cloud computing.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide direct support to diverse, multi-disciplinary teams and students, instructors, or researchers from a wide range of academic backgrounds.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Superb customer service and follow-up skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching and outreach.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple concurrent tasks and meet demanding deadlines.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Computational Biology or a quantitative science (Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, …) and at least 5 years of work experience.
  • Prior experience at a NGS company or research lab.
  • Experience building a bioinformatics and pipeline team.
  • Experience developing NGS platforms.
  • Experience with R/BioC, GenePattern, Galaxy, or similar environments.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) certification(s).
  • Proven ability to interpret and analyze large data sets and present results.
  • Experience in statistics with a focus on tools for bioinformatics.
  • Experience in visualization with a focus on tools for bioinformatics.
  • Experience with presenting biological results to various internal and external audiences.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Occasional evening or weekend work, as well as the ability to participate in a 24x7 on all rotation for major incident support activities.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: IT (Information Technology)
Organization: Tufts Technology Services
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 20, 2018, 8:21:19 AM





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Posted: 6/15/2018
Application Due: 7/31/2018
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