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Bioinformatics Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 06/15/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 10/29/2017
Working Title Bioinformatics Specialist
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 35258-Med-Computational and Systems Biology
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135160
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Computational and Systems Biology at the School of Medicine is seeking a Bioinformatics Specialist in the Carvunis Lab (

The Bioinformatics Specialist will work as a computational biologist who will focus on analyses and management of multi-omics datasets relevant to the study of genomes and molecular network evolution. This position will incorporate a wide range of skills and activities.

The Bioinformatics Specialist will work in close collaboration with experimental scientists to assist their high throughput yeast genetics and genomics projects. This will involve tasks such as designing primer libraries, quantifying fitnesses from dense colony array images or analyzing NGS results. The Bioinformatics Specialist will also carry independent computational research projects involving methods development and/or integration of publically available genomic datasets.

Education Required Master's
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 1-2 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Master’s degree or Ph.D. preferred, however a Bachelor’s degree with additional experience will be considered. Degree in computational biology or equivalent expert knowledge is preferred.

Previous experience working with genomics data is a requirement. An ability to apply Perl/Python, R, and shell scripting in Linux environment is also required. The candidate will be expected to follow best coding practices: issue tracking, source code control, unit testing, and documentation management. Expertise in biostatistics, image analysis, machine learning, and/or database management are desirable assets.

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 will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • 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. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents