About the Job The candidate will be responsible for analyzing whole exome sequencing (WES) data using in house software to identify genetic variation that is associated with birth defects, especially copy number variants (CNVs) and other forms of structural variation, and to summarize those results for collaborators at NIH for publication in scientific journals. This position is in the laboratory of Dr. Nathan Pankratz within the Division of Computational Pathology at the University of Minnesota. The lab currently has eight full time software programmers and data analysts, so there will be lots of expertise and experience to lean on during the first year and beyond. The NIH contracts will be ongoing for at least three more years, so someone interested in a long term position and in a career as a bioinformatician is preferred. The position will be remote for the next several months, but the expectation is that the candidate will relocate to the Twin Cities eventually and come into the office at least a couple of days each week.
Responsibilities • 40% time spent using new or existing software to run analyses to identify variation in the genome that leads to increased risk for various birth defects diseases. This will require the candidate to independently manage and organize large data sets that others will use in the future. • 40% time spent developing scripts and Java software that analyze genetic data. An innovative candidate would also have the option of designing new algorithms. • 20% time spent helping investigators to prepare reports, grant applications, manuscripts and presentations.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials. Required Qualifications: • BS/BA in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or other scientific field and 2 year of related experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience to equal 6 years. • Experience in computer programming (esp. Java, R, and/or Python) • Strong problem solving skills • Excellent attention to detail • Excellent written and oral communication skills and professional business communication style Preferred Qualifications: • MS or other experience in bioinformatics • Experience developing open-source software • Experience writing scientific manuscripts
Internal Number: 339762
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