Job:Computational Scientist (Bioinformatics Analyst, Metagenomics), Pennsylvania State University, USA
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Job Number: 57282

Official Job Title: Computational Scientist

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Computational Scientist (Bioinformatics Analyst)

Department: Huck Institutes Of The Life Sciences

Work Unit: Vice President for Research

Campus Location: UP

Appointment Type: FT1

Job Code: RERS - 01
Level: 03
Number of Jobs: 1
Announce Start Date: 04/28/2015
Announce End Date: Open Until Filled

Typical Job Duties

A Bioinformatics Analyst position is available within the Bioinformatics Consulting Center at the Pennsylvania State University. The position is supported by the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences and requires the candidate to work with multiple project investigators to design and implement computational pipelines for data produced by high throughput sequencing instruments and others, with particular emphasis on metagenomics and microbiome analyses.

Responsibilities include the following: developing and/or maintaining existing software pipelines for analyzing high throughput sequencing data; identifying, evaluating and documenting new methodologies to support ongoing research needs; writing code and developing solutions to computational biology problems, with particular emphasis on microbiome and related samples.

The Bioinformatics Analyst will become part of an interdisciplinary team composed of other bioinformatics staff, students and researchers and is expected to interact with other life scientists at Penn State and our international partner institutions in Africa and Asia to assist them with identifying research goals, analytical support needs, while carrying out computational data analysis as needed.

Typical Education and Experience Requirements

Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in a field of study with focus on computational research methods or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Preferred Education, Experience, or Certifications

In-depth understanding of the computational analysis required for processing data from genomic technologies and their applications: Microbiome, metagenomics, RNA-Seq, genome assembly, genomic data visualization, or others. Expertise in handling and processing data in common bioinformatics formats; Knowledge of available bioinformatics tools and genomic data repositories; Proven track record of delivering bioinformatics solutions; Demonstrated programming skills in one or more programming languages: Python, Perl, Java, C and/or numerical platforms: R, Matlab, Mathematica

Additional Required Competencies

Experience handling large data sets generated from sequencing instruments. Excellent communication skills

Fixed-Term Statement

This is a fixed term appointment for one year with excellent possibility for refunding.

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