Job:Experienced Bioinformatics Analyst, Bioinformatics Consulting Center, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA
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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 operating on data produced by high throughput sequencing instruments.


  • 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.

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 to assist them with identifying analytical support needs and subsequently carrying out computational data analyses as needed.

The position requires an advanced degree and two-three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Successful candidates are expected to:

  • show an in-depth understanding of the computational analysis methodologies required for processing data from genomic technologies: ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq, metagenomics, genome assembly or others.
  • be able to handle and process data in common bioinformatics formats.
  • possess a knowledge of available bioinformatics tools and genomic data repositories.
  • demonstrate a track record for delivering bioinformatics solutions.
  • exhibit programming skills in one or more programming languages: Python, Perl, Java, C and/or numerical platforms: R, Matlab, Mathematica.
  • handle large data sets generated from sequencing instruments.
  • demonstrate excellent communication skills.

This is a fixed-term appointment funded by the Huck Institute for the Life Sciences for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of ongoing re-funding.


Level/Salary Band/Classification: 04 - L: $54,900 to $115,272 depending on qualifications.


Please send a cover letter and a CV to Dr. Istvan Albert at

Further questions and clarifications may be requested in a private email or publicly via the Biostar job post Experienced Bioinformatics Analyst, Bioinformatics Consulting Center, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

The position will be open until filled.

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10.9 years ago

If you ever applied to jobs you know how your application seems to disappear into the void and you never know anything about what happens next - unless you are invited for an interview.

Here we will try to change that a little bit and we will provide some information on the process.

As of today (two weeks after posting) we received 25 applications.

  • Four out of five candidates were insufficiently qualified and their resumes will not be revisited even if the job were to go unfilled.
  • Out of the remaining candidates we have sent out invitations for a phone interview to three of them
  • The process is still ongoing - from my own perspective and that of others in similar position I think bioinformatics as field is booming from the point of view of candidates. Many well paying jobs go unfilled.

In the past few years I have looked at quite a few science oriented resumes, here are some comments on mostly what not to do

  1. Do not include unrelated "interests" like dancing, golfing, traveling. These have no positive influence and only make you look unprofessional.
  2. Do not include personal information: photo, marital status, citizenship information, home address, ID or passport number (!!!) etc.
  3. When you send an email via gmail and the recruiter forwards it to their email account then the email will show your Google+ user profile picture. This is the first impression that you make on the recruiter. Make it look professional! Not horsing around, not with groups of many people having fun, especially stay away from "unusual" pictures that you only put up there for your followers etc.
  4. Do not list your unrelated employment under the same heading as those for which you have specific training for. Part time pizza delivery, baby sitting, grass cutting .
  5. Do not resubmit your resume with corrections. You have a typo let it be. Next time make sure to proof read it. Having to manage and reconcile two resumes for one individual means more work for the recruiter. You just got them predisposed against you.
  6. If the recruiter asks for your availability for a phone interview make an effort to convert your timezone to theirs. Especially if you are on a different continent!

I'll try to keep this thread updated.

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As someone who was in charge of hiring in a previous career, I absolutely agree with all of this.

I have one question: I recently spoke with a friend who is a hiring executive in business and she stressed to me that what they like to see is an aesthetic in the applicant's presentation, which she stressed was a website and resume (CV in our discussion here), but she stated that should include numerous pictures of you on your website and/or CV. There is a movement for the web presence to be the new CV, so where do photos stand in all of that: Should I put a photo on my CV as well as my website or take all the photos down everywhere? Just wondering what the new etiquete on this kind of personal information is?

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In my opinion photos in a CV are a big no - it just gives a sense that the candidate believes that looks will influence the decision. On the other hand photos on a personal website perfectly appropriate. After all that is a personal space that the recruiter may choose to visit but does not have to.

That being said it in some lines of work say actor, or sales, etc. a certain type of look and ability to self advertise are part of the job description so in that case a photo in a CV may help to speed up the selection process.

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Thanks for your input -- just trying to figure out if I was old fashioned by leaving photos off the CV.

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Nice thread, but photo on cv is also country specific, they really like it here in Germany :)

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Needless to say this job has been filled. I forgot to close it and I have received an application for it three years later.


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