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Bioinformatics Research Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 01/09/2018
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 03/10/2018
Working Title Bioinformatics Research Specialist
Job Classification Research IV
Department Name 35233-Med-Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0136107
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Bioinformatics Research Specialist in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics to conduct bioinformatics research under Dr. Vaughn Cooper.

The Cooper Laboratory generates and analyzes a wide range of genomic and transcriptomic data related to bacterial evolution during infections and in experimental laboratory and animal systems. Applicants must be proficient in both Python and R. Applicants are also expected to be familiar with Linux (Red Hat and Ubuntu) environments. Moreover, applicants must be familiar with shell scripting and performing analyses in high-performance computing environments. Experience with job schedulers like PBS and SLURM is a plus. This position provides an outstanding opportunity to gain expertise in high-throughput genomics and make intellectual contributions to projects supported by NIH, NSF, and NASA.

Education Required Master's
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

MS in computational biology, bioinformatics, biological science, or equivalent work experience.
Applicants must be proficient in both R and Python. Exposure to other object-oriented programming languages including Perl, Ruby are Java is preferred. Experience with basic Linux systems administration experience is a plus.

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.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
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

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  1. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
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    • 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)
  2. Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents