Job description

Job location: Hyde Park Campus

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-05-20
Req: JR05069
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Department20125 Pathology

About the UnitThe Koh laboratory ( focuses on understanding how the immune system can mount specific responses to ever-changing pathogens and cancers while maintaining tolerance to self. We employ an interdisciplinary approach with particular emphasis in developing multi-omics methods to interrogate chromatin accessibility, gene expression and cell-surface proteins from the same single cell. We are seeking highly motivated individuals for the position of Bioinformatician to develop and implement tools to analyze high-dimensional genomics data. This position is ideal for those who are most creative when faced with complex puzzles and thrive in a collaborative environment. The successful candidate will have a background in bioinformatics or computational biology with experience developing scripts in languages such as Perl, Python, Java, C++ and R.

Job FamilyResearch

Responsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.

Career Track and Job LevelBioinformatics

Responsible for developing methods and software tools to analyze and interpret biological data.

P2: Requires knowledge and experience in own discipline; still acquiring higher-level knowledge and skills. Builds knowledge of the organization, processes and customers. Solves a range of straightforward problems. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Receives a moderate level of guidance and direction.

Role ImpactIndividual Contributor

ResponsibilitiesThe job administers programs and support all phases of bioinformatics activities by helping devise or modify procedures to solve complex problems.

1) Participates in creating data algorithms and specialized computer software to identify and classify components of a biological system (i.e. DNA and protein sequences)., 2) Applies basic application of computational tools and information technology to gather, analyze and visualize data in biology and biomedical research, 3) Interprets data analysis of high throughput genomics, proteomics and genetic data., 4) Plans own resources to implement or modify existing web-based bioinformatics tools, 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1)Develop and implement computational and statistical tools to analyze high-dimensional bulk and single cell genomics data such as ATAC-seq, RNA-seq, CITE-seq, Cut&Run, ChIP-seq.

2)Provide clear documentation of all code for bioinformatic scripts and pipelines developed.

3)Contribute to the support and training of fellow lab members for the analysis of their genomics experiments.

4)Contribute to preparation of scientific grants and manuscripts.

5) Give work-in-progress presentations at lab meetings and departmental talks.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1)Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and set priorities, manage workload as guided by the Principal Investigator.

2)Ability to critically think independently and take practical actions to solve complex problems with attention to detail.

3)Ability to work collaboratively, to understand and provide helpful support to fellow team members while being receptive to feedback.

4)Strong organizational skills and excellent verbal and written communication.

Education, Experience, and CertificationsMinimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or a related field.


1) Experience working with high-dimensional genomics datasets with strong background in statistics.

2) Experience with the following scripting languages is preferred: Python, R, C/C++, Perl, Java, XML, Matlab.

Required Documents

1) Cover Letter

2) Resume

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

FLSA StatusExempt

Pay FrequencyMonthly

Pay GradeDepends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours40

Benefits EligibleYes

Drug Test RequiredNo

Health Screen RequiredNo

Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry RequiredNo

Posting Date2019-05-20-07:00

Remove from Posting On or Before2019-11-20-08:00

Posting StatementThe University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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Posted: 5/21/2019
Application Due: 6/29/2019
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