Job:Head of Bioinformatics at Rockefeller University
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Head of Bioinformatics, Bioinformatics Bridge Group

Reports to the Chief Information Officer

The Rockefeller University, a leading biomedical research institution located in New York City, seeks a Head of Bioinformatics to run our newly created Bioinformatics Bridge Group.

The Bioinformatics Bridge Group (BBG) is responsible for supporting the data analysis and visualization needs of the University and affiliated researchers. In this capacity, the Head of Bioinformatics will identify and work closely with internal and external resources to determine how to most effectively support University researchers' needs for data processing and interpretation, especially Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS). The BBG will support researchers with data generated by labs within the University, by the University Genomics Resource Center, the New York Genome Center (NYGC), external core facilities, and public data sets such as The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). The Group will consult on experimental design and best usage of existing sequencing and related technologies, with emphasis on best practices for proper analytical requirements.

Working with software engineers and IT professionals within the Department of Information Technology, the Group will construct and implement analytical pipelines and tools designed for ultimate use by the University community, incorporating analytical methods and algorithms from current research as well as those developed internally on in conjunction with researchers.

The Group will function as liaison with the Bioinformatics department of the NYGC for the purpose of enabling communication related to service offerings, analytical capabilities and the shared implementation of analysis methods.

The Group will provide primary analysis service of data generated at the Genomics Resource Center, with that service integrated into the cost and delivery of those services by the Genomics Resource Center.


  • Administrative, operational and scientific oversight and management of the University's Bioinformatics Bridge Group (BBG)
  • Identify and provide justification for technical staff additions or outsourced analysis partners; manage technical staff or external relationships
  • Providing consultative services to researchers
  • In coordination with the Genomics Resource Center (GRC), performance of sequencing data extraction, storage, initial analysis, and delivery to users
  • Evaluating commercial and public sequencing data analysis software
  • Maintaining current knowledge of sequencing techniques, instrumentation, and methodology
  • Providing training to RU investigators on data analysis software
  • Participating in and staffing regularly scheduled advisory committee meetings; Interacting with faculty advisory committee to address issues and anticipate needs of the faculty
  • Preparation, oversight and compliance with BBG operating and capital budgets
  • Development and implementation of billing system for services
  • Preparation of reports and report on BBG's operations to the administration on an as needed basis
  • Interact with the heads of University Resource Centers as needed on issues of common interest.
  • Participate in outreach and development opportunities on behalf of the BBG, including grant applications
  • Interact and collaborate with the CCTS Bioinformatics group
  • Liaise with NYGC scientific and administrative staff as needed


  • M.S. required, Ph.D. preferred in bioinformatics, computational biology, genetics, biology or related field
  • Minimum of three years experience with NGS analysis tools, including but not limited to: Tophat/Bowtie/Cuffflinks suite and STAR
  • Experience with and knowledge of statistical analysis methods commonly used in genomic analysis
  • Experience with pathway analysis tools such as IPA and DAVID
  • Fluency with genome databases (such as those relating to genome annotation, genetic variants, and metabolic pathways) and biological & statistical software packages (such as gene annotation programs, R and Plink) that are relevant for the study of computational genetics and genomics
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

How to Apply:

We offer an excellent benefits package, a competitive salary, and a beautiful working environment.

To apply for this position, please visit the URL below and apply to job code IRC17945. Please make sure to upload your resume, a cover letter, and your salary history.

The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans

ngs rockefeller • 4.4k views
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There is a certain irony in asking for experience with a pathway analysis tool that has not been updated for almost six years ;-)

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Dear Lars,

Although DAVID hasn't been updated in a long time, it is still frequently used and cited, so we thought it was worth mentioning, especially because there are a large percentage of bioinformaticians who don't have access to commercial tools!

Thanks for your feedback,

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I know, i know - DAVID is the best known tool for the job. That being said, there are other freely available tools around that are up-to-date with respect to genome annotations :-)

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It is very surprising that a place like Rockefeller does not provide a secure (HTTPS/SSL) careers website since applicants are expected to provide details of their working lives.

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Rockefeller does indeed provide a secure link for applications. The URL in this posting is actually just a link to the Staff Opportunities page, and doesn't collect any information. Once you click on the site, you are brought into the actual application, which does use HTTPS to protect any application data that is transmitted.

Best regards!


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