I wanted to know what do PIs/recruiters/fellow bioinformaticians look for when hiring NGS-Bioinformaticians.
Do we expect the Bioinformatician to be skilled in wet-lab/sequencing and an expert in data processing with respect to NGS only or do we want someone who knows everything that is to know in Biology, statistics and coding and are able to carry out -omics analysis ?
Speaking of coding, is knowing one language throughly good enough for now or do we also need to know to code C++, Java, R, MySQL etc ? I know my colleagues when recruiting NGS Bioinformaticians expect candidates to know detailed coding which is of a developer's standard as well as develop algorithms. I feel these are more of computational biologists or developers than NGS Bioinformaticians.
meanwhile, candidates who have higher education (masters/phD), good CVs and good publications in reputed journals on being asked on coding, say they know only shell for data manipulation and mostly string a bunch of open-source softwares together to generate reports (BWA-Picard-GATK-Annotation) and they need to look up the internet to write some basic codes - do we hire them ?
It would be insightful to know what is expected from a Bioinformatician , specially when a few of us feel this