We are looking for a motivated bioinformatics engineer to join the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School, to build platforms for genome analysis. Genome sequencing is becoming a routine approach for diagnosing genetic diseases. As the number of patients referred to genetic screening is increasing, there is a need to build effective solutions to manage their data for clinical applications and discovery research.
The Clinical Genomic Analysis Platform (CGAP) and the 4D Nucleome (4DN) Platform at Harvard Medical School are scalable web-based applications for analysis, annotation, visualization, and reporting of genomic data. The portals are developed by a multidisciplinary diverse team of clinical geneticists, bioinformatics scientists, and software engineers, and share the cloud-based back-end. The working environment combines the best features of a startup (fast pace, flexibility, flat hierarchies) with those of one of the leading medical schools (excellent benefits, outstanding opportunities for learning).
You are a bioinformatics engineer who wants:
to contribute to diagnoses of rare diseases and therapy selection for cancer patients to implement robust bioinformatics algorithms that scale to thousands of patients to build open-source data portal for genomics,
to gain practical experience with all the technologies the platform is based on,
to work in a small team of developers and scientists utilizing state of the art big data technologies and following best practices,
to take courses at the Harvard Extension school at very reasonable costs (optional), to enjoy other excellent benefits Harvard University has to offer,
The responsibilities include:
implementing new bioinformatics algorithms on top of cloud infrastructure optimizing existing bioinformatics algorithms
improving the cloud execution engine for bioinformatics
The successful candidate will gain hand-on experience with, and master the following technologies: Python
Cloud computing (eg. Amazon Web Service) Docker
This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.
This Staff role may start as a remote position due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while restrictions are still in place. The current remote nature of this role is considered temporary and may change as the University continues to evaluate options. While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines, local on-campus work may be expected for some roles. Harvard Medical School does support flexible schedules, subject to individual departments' business needs.
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BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or Computational Biology, or related technical field or equivalent practical experience. 3+ years of experience
Examples of past programming projects that used Python and version control systems (eg. Git)
Ability to define and solve logical problems for highly technical applications
Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical colleagues.
Ability to work independently, manage own time and learn quickly.
Ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of programming methods.
Experience working with large amounts of data and building data pipelines.
Cloud computing architectures (preferably with Amazon Web Services).
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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