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Bioinformatics Engineer

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 08/28/2017
Open Until Filled No
Application Deadline (Close date) 10/29/2017
Working Title Bioinformatics Engineer
Job Classification Research V
Department Name 35207H-Med-Div of Pulmonary Medicine
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0134608
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Medicine and the Microbiome (CMM) is seeking a Bioinformatics Engineer.
The Bioinformatics Engineer will work as a computational biologist and big data specialist, focusing on mathematical and computational analyses and management of multi-omics data sets, relevant to the study of the microbiome. This position incorporates a wide range of skills and activities emphasizing bioinformatics and computer software engineering. Knowledge of biostatistics and computational modeling such as machine learning or metabolic modeling is also an asset.

The Bioinformatics Engineer will be responsible for implementing computational and statistical methods to improve analysis capabilities and output for multiple projects to study microbial communities and host-microbiome interactions. The position will also require participation in submissions for extramurally-funded research and peer-reviewed publications derived from project results with CMM collaborators. This role will also entail assisting in the development of next generation sequence (NGS) analysis software and pipelines. The candidate will be expected to follow best coding practices: issue tracking, source code control, unit testing, and documentation management. An ability to apply Perl, R, and shell scripting in Linux environment is required. Knowledge of grid/cloud computing and database management is an asset.

Education Required Master's
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 3-5 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Master’s degree or PhD preferred, however a Bachelor’s degree with additional experience will be considered. Degree in computational biology, bioinformatics, or biostatistics or equivalent expert knowledge is preferred. Facility with R, Perl, shell scripting in a Linux environment, and Microsoft Office applications, and basic knowledge in biology, microbiology, genomics and experience with basic statistical analysis programs is preferred.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a master’s degree or higher or a bachelor’s degree with at least five years of relevant work experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. * Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Other Document