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Bioinformatician, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cumming School of Medicine

Job ID: 19261

Updated: September 11, 2019

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in the Cumming School of Medicine invites applications for a Bioinformatician. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 12 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator.

The Bioinformatician will be part of an emerging area of deciphering genetic modifiers for rare human disorders using model organism and human genomics approaches.


Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Laboratory Organization
    • Works closely with and reports directly to the Principal Investigator
    • Also works closely with post-doctoral scientists in both a wet and dry labs
    • Maintains existing databases and creates new databases
    • Organization of the dry lab databases
    • Designs programming logic
    • Tests new tools and improves performance efficiency by optimizing software
    • Testing and implementing new bioinformatics approaches
    • Improves existing pipelines
  • Laboratory Administration
    • Maintains programming lab notes, documentation and procedures
    • Updates lab protocols
    • Supports trainees in research work
  • Research
    • Works closely with the PI
    • Reports results to PI
    • Processes and analyzes experimental samples
    • Assists lab members with experiments
    • Handles independent research project
    • Maintains existing genome databases
    • Constructs new databases
    • Improves existing bioinformatics workflows
    • Develops new bioinformatics workflows
    • Trains lab members including undergraduate and graduate students
    • Works with large datasets for experimental analysis (sequencing data, phenome data)
    • Assists in writing of abstracts and manuscripts

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or another relevant discipline
  • MSc/PhD is considered an asset
  • Minimum three years of experience in bioinformatics, preferably working with genomics/phenomics data
  • Extensive knowledge of genomics and genetics
  • Superb knowledge of Unix, Linux, R, Python, Java or C/C++ and/or related programming languages (e.g. Perl)
  • Experience with SQL/MongoDB database systems is considered an asset
  • Experience working in multi-team environment and implementation of bioinformatics workflow designs
  • Experience with Cluster Computing
  • Experience working with animal model databases (genome/phenome data) as well as human genome sequencing data
  • Experience in molecular genetics will be considered an asset
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment
  • Creativity, initiative and good judgment for multi-tasking in a deadline-oriented environment
  • Effective oral and written communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Enthusiasm for highly interdisciplinary research and drive to explore emerging techniques
  • Accuracy and attention to detail

Application Deadline:  October 6, 2019

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technician Job Family, Phase II.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine.

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