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Bioinformaticist/ Bioinformatics Analyst II

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) School of Medicine is now hiring a Bioinformaticist/Bioinformatics Analyst II to join the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. Working in the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Public Health Laboratories, the Bioinformaticist/Bioinformatics Analyst II will be responsible for developing and maintaining Next Generation Sequencing data analysis workflows for use in a clinical diagnostic setting. This includes algorithms development as well as pipeline design. This position will also develop methods to perform benchmarking of tools and quality assessment of results. They will work closely with Developmental Scientists to build automated tests involving next-generation-sequencing. They will work closely with IT team, wet-laboratory scientists, and federal partners to integrate analysis pipelines and benchmarking analysis tools.
UMB offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to eligible employees. This is contractual position offers a generous leave package of 10 vacation days, 3 personal days, 8 holidays, and 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; professional learning and development opportunities; and limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB. In the Fall of 2021, UMB will require all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.
Essential Functions:
•    Develop algorithms and tools for analysis, benchmarking, and quality assessment of genomic data.
•    Develop and improve end-to-end genomics pipelines for clinical diagnostics
•    Work closely with the genomic scientists to identify possible improvements to our analysis pipelines.
•    Stay up to date with the latest developments and best practices for NGS in clinical diagnostics.
•    Generate, annotate, gather or analyze data and prepare for further analysis.
•    Following established procedures or specific protocols, add value to data generated by surveillance system projects through assembly, annotation, curation, and quality assurance.
•    Organize surveillance system data with other relevant data types into databases, displays, or graphic presentations for publication and web presentation.
•    Participate in multidisciplinary teams to ensure expert bioinformatics input in program and project development and implementation.
•    Perform other duties as assigned.
Employees must abide by all state requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, HIPAA, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs.


    Education: Bachelors in Life Sciences, including fields, i.e., Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, or Bioinformatics. Graduate Degree (Ph.D./M.S.,) in a work-related field/discipline strongly preferred. Experience: Two (2) years of experience developing pipelines and algorithms for computational biology, genomics, and clinical diagnostics, genome research analysis experience in Windows and UNIX-based operating systems. Other: Master’s degree in a related field is preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of experience.
 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of algorithmic techniques common to bioinformatics (e.g., dynamic programming and graph algorithms), machine learning and statistical analysis methods (e.g., Bayesian inference, Hidden Markov Models, Principal Component Analysis) with applications in NGS.
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics resources and tools such as BLAST, GITHUB, BWA, ClustalW, NCBI, EBI, Pfam, COG, etc.
  • Proficient in Unix/Linux.
  • Knowledge of NGS platforms and NGS analysis pipelines.
  • Strong knowledge of R (Bioconductor) and a scripting language such as Python/Perl.
  • Previous experience working in a high performance computing environment, cloud computing and Docker is a plus.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, strong attention to details, flexible and willing to multi-task in a rapidly evolving scientific context.
  • Strong analytical abilities and communication skills.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience.UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at [email protected].If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact [email protected]. Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff
Shift: Day Job
Organization: School of Medicine - Epidemiology and Public Health
Job Posting: Jun 9, 2021
Unposting Date: Jun 30, 2021, 10:59:00 PM




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Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 8/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time