Job:Bioinformatician/Programmer at the University of Pennsylvania
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Job Description

The Naj Lab is hiring a bioinformatician/programmer to participate in on-going research in large-scale genomics and transcriptomics projects in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRDs). This position seeks individuals to work semi-independently, providing bioinformatics support to investigators; managing and analyzing genome-wide genotyping and next-generation sequencing data; constructing data analysis pipelines; developing bioinformatics applications; and working with investigators to report and publish analytic findings from studies. We collaborate with multiple Penn groups and colleagues in major national and international research institutions to identify genomic risk factors for AD and related phenotypes in large cohorts, case-control studies, family studies, and biobanks. Furthermore, the lab benefits from close collaborations with talented programmers, analysts, and lab technologists in the Schellenberg and Wang groups in the Penn Neurodegeneration Genomics Center (PNGC; This position offers multiple opportunities for career development and academic advancement at PSOM, including the development of independent projects, participation and presenting in national and international meetings, and manuscript preparation and publication.

Bioinformatician B - Same duties as above with a greater level of independence in providing bioinformatics support to faculty and staff; developing and maintaining analysis pipelines and bioinformatics applications to work with genome-wide genotyping and next-generation sequencing data; and working with and providing assistance to investigators in developing genetic study designs, presenting results, and publishing findings.

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Duties related to this position will include:

Bioinformatician A: (a) Working with senior staff to develop, implement, and maintain high-quality pipelines for the processing of large quantities of genome-wide association study (GWAS) genotyping and next-generation sequencing (NGS) data;

Bioinformatician B: (a) Developing, implementing, and maintaining high-quality pipelines for the processing of large quantities of genome-wide association study (GWAS) genotyping and next-generation sequencing (NGS) data;

Both Levels: (b) analyzing large-scale biomedical data including GWAS and NGS data with general statistical and statistical genetics methods and applications; (c) implementing and managing biomedical data with databases, query interfaces and web applications; (d) retrieving biomedical GWAS/NGS data from public resources and organizing the data for easy analysis and sharing; (e) preparing results in tabular, written summary, and graphical summary forms suitable for publication and peer review; (f) providing some bioinformatics support to faculty and their staff [includes performing computational analysis, exploration of parameter settings, comparisons of results across different methods, and the summary and visualization of data and results for presentation to faculty and their staff]; and (g) making modifications to existing algorithms and software and writing scripts to implement software on a server or high-performance computing environment.

This position is contingent on funding.


Bioinformatician A: Qualified candidates should have (a) the minimum of a Bachelor's degree and three years of biomedical research data analysis experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in the areas of Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology, Computer Science, Data Science, Informatics or similar fields; (b) competence in Python/Perl and R programming language; and (c) the ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team and communicate effectively with team members.

Bioinformatician B: Qualified candidates should have (a) the minimum of a Master's Degree and three years of biomedical research data analysis experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in the areas of Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology, Computer Science, Data Science, Informatics or similar fields; (b) proficiency in Python/Perl and R programming language and experience with other languages/development environments; and (c) the ability to perform a leadership role/work closely with a multi-disciplinary team and communicate effectively with team members.

Both Levels: Additional requirements include (d) ability to work independently and apply critical thinking and sound judgment and (e) excellent organizational and time management skills. Additional experience in other languages like C/C++ and SQL, statistical analysis software like SAS and Stata, and various development environments is highly desired. Prior experience with GWAS and NGS data or other experience with machine learning and data science a plus

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics / Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$75,000 - $120,000 (depending on Bioinformatician A/B qualifications)

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-Life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

To learn more, please visit the Penn HR website here.

To apply, please click visit the ad for this position at the Penn HR website here.

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