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Analyst Programmer 1

Case Western Reserve University
Case Main Campus
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Jul 15, 2021

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Job Title: Analyst Programmer 1
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8933

Working under direct supervision, the Analyst Programmer 1 will formulate and define experimental objectives through research and analysis of complex bioinformatics applications, as well as generate new sequencing data sets for analysis. The research investigates how human genetic mutations lead to neurological diseases; and how these mutations affect the transcriptome and proteome on a genome-wide scale in order to understand the pathophysiology of these diseases. Bioinformatics approaches are used to generate meaningful scientific hypothesis about neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases.


    Write and maintain straightforward applications. Design, code, test, debug, modify and document systems from detailed instructions and specifications. Download and process large DNA, RNA and proteomics data files using existing pipelines. May perform very limited system analysis work. (40%)Perform laboratory experiments to produce novel next-generation sequencing data. (15%)Assist in preparing detailed specifications from which programs are written. Modify detailed pipelines or create new pipelines to customize analysis. Automate routine tasks. Scripts will be written in R and/or Python. Program turnover to the production control supervisor. (15%)Analyze and define significance of results produced from scientific experiments using statistical tests in R and/or SAS and create quality images for papers and grant proposals using R, PowerPoint and software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. (15%)Keep accurate records and protocols in an electronic notebook and organize and maintain digital data in a database or repository using SQL or related software. Learn administrative application standards, procedures and policies for software development and stay abreast of newly developed programs in the field. (10%)


    Present in lab meetings. Train undergraduates and collaborate with lab personnel as required. (2%)Interact with researchers and the Case Western Reserve University sequencing core to define sequencing requirements and develop biological and analytical solutions. (2%)Preform other duties as assigned. (1%)


Department: Daily contact with department staff in consultation necessary for data analyses, code debugging and code optimization.

University: Regular contact with department administrators to exchange information.

External: Occasional contact with outside consultants and representatives in consultation necessary for data analyses, code debugging and code optimization.

Students: Frequent contact with graduate students in consultation necessary for data analyses, code debugging and code optimization.


This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.


Experience and Education: 0 to 3 months of experience and Associate's degree in a computer-related research field required.


    Requires programming experience in multiple computational languages (C, Python, R, Perl, etc.). Shell scripting experience such as Linux Bash scripting is desirable. Relational database design and maintenance would be valued.Ability to operate computers running Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Unix in addition to basic laboratory equipment.Knowledge and understanding of commonly-used concepts, practices and procedures within the field of Genomics. Strong interpersonal skills: ability to work and communicate with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines. Ability to work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary research team. (Must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable and a self-starter.) Professional and effective verbal and written communication skills. Strong organization skills: ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills and proven ability to successfully follow-through on assigned projects. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes and computer programs as needed. This person will rely on instructions and protocols to perform the functions of the job.Must demonstrate flexibility and ability to work under pressure; must be able and willing to work in a fast-paced, changing environment and conform to shifting priorities, demands and timeline.Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.


General office and laboratory environment. Limited manual dexterity required. The employee will perform repetitive motion using computer mouse and keyboard to type. Work requires negligible physical exertion. May have exposure to hazards, such as blood borne pathogens and standard laboratory chemicals. May be required to use personal protective equipment, including standard lab coat, gloves and safety glasses when appropriate.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.



Working at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in educationresearch, service and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland's University Circle, we offer nationally recognized programs in the arts and sciencesdental medicineengineeringlawmanagementmedicinenursing and social sciences.

Student enrollment exceeds 9,800 students, forty percent of whom are undergraduatesFacultyand students hail from more than 90 countries, with academic interests that reach every region of the world. Case Western Reserve, with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations, aids nearly 100 designated research centers.

As a service-oriented institution dedicated to civic leadership, Case Western Reserve seeks individually and collectively to prepare our students to improve the human condition and to direct the benefits of discovery toward a better society. This effort is not limited to the university's classrooms, laboratories, librariesresidence halls and athletic fields, but includes partnerships with many other institutions. We build these partnerships believing that our ability to improve the human condition should begin in our own community.

Case Western Reserve University remains Ohio's top-ranked school among the nation's premier national universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Ohio institution ranked in the top 50 nationally. We promote a culture of inquiry marked by rigor, creativity, curiosity, innovation, respect, sensitivity and open communication of ideas.

The university supports interdisciplinary partnerships in education and research with numerous faculty holding joint appointments in more than one Case Western Reserve school or department, as well as at neighboring institutions. These relationships launched many of the unique pairings of science, business and liberal arts into the centers and programs that enhance the undergraduate and graduate experience at the university. Our dual degree programs enrich the educational experience for those students who choose to balance the technical requirements of engineering or the sciences with a strong interest in the humanities.

With more than $375 million in research funding annually, the university attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate students along with renowned faculty whose research has made significant contributions to the way we live and work. Case Western Reserve counts 15 Nobel laureates among our alumni and current and former faculty, including the first American scientist to ever receive the prize.

Our students' experiences in cultural institutions, clinics, social service agencies and industry are not viewed as “extra-curricular,” but create the learning experience that defines a Case Western Reserve education. The university's service programs in the Cleveland Municipal School District have impacted more than 145,000 students with more than 43 signature programs. The university has launched more than 580 community partnerships on the local, national and international levels. Annually the university sponsors Case for Community Day, an event where hundreds of Case Western Reserve employees and students lend their time and talent to targeted community development projects in the Greater Cleveland area.

Our alumni number more than 110,000 and constitute a “who's who” of every profession. Alumni represent one of the university's strongest resources, playing a vital role in campus life through their work as advisors, mentors, friends and advocates.

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