The George Washington University
Job Location: 
Washington, DC
Job Description: 

Department Description: Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH)

Brief Posting Description:

The George Washington University, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is looking for a driven, sociable and experienced bioinformaticist to join our research group. Our team is conducting studies that integrate microbial genomics with epidemiology to reveal the role of the human microbiome in health and disease and to track the emergence and dissemination of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. The successful applicant will work with a multidisciplinary team to develop and apply novel bioinformatics tools, create and access custom databases, and write software programs to facilitate public health research. Some tasks include: identifying relevant data sources and tools, automating repetitive bioinformatics tasks, extracting custom datasets, improving existing and/or developing new data analysis tools and translating prototype informatics tools into more polished tools suitable for wider usage or release to the scientific community.

Detailed Description:

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, able to work independently and with a team, and must be able to manage his/her time across multiple concurrent projects.

Tasks include:

• Consult with researchers to identify requirements; analyze and translate requirements into software specifications.
• Identify and use existing tools in an innovative fashion to meet captured requirements and address systems, data analysis and data presentation challenges.
• Develop algorithms to solve novel problem that arise for which no tools are readily available.
• Design, implement, test, deploy and document software to meet requirements if needed.
• Prepare peer-reviewed journal articles detailing software.
• Maintain software.
• Develop and maintain analysis pipelines quality checking the results, and ensuring scalability of pipelines on large data sets.
• Maintain, manage and extend in-house databases.


Job Requirements


• PhD or a Masters level degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or related field.
• 5 years in the field or in a related area, to include 2-5 years of research and/or college level teaching in a field basic to the work performed.


• Programming skills in appropriate industry standard 3rd and 4th generation languages and tool sets.
• Ability to develop and maintain of bioinformatics projects and pipelines; process, analyze and maintain data.
• Experience with bioinformatics tools such as sequence similarity, assembly, and alignment tools.
• Relational database expertise including SQL and schema design. Use Unix / Linux / Mac OS X / Windows
• 3+ relevant experience engaged in microbial bioinformatics.
• Extensive research/experience in microbial genetics and genomics.
• Training in phylogenetics.
• Research experience in metagenomics.
• Next Gen DNA Sequencing data analysis pipelines (454, Illumina, PacBio), Java, Perl, C/C++, R / S-plus
• Strong statistics or mathematics background
• Experience in data mining and analysis of large omics datasets
• Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills.
• Ability to work in a high powered computing environment

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About Our Organization: 

Founded in 1821, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, to include ten academic units, with a full-time equivalent enrollment of a little over 20,000 students and approximately 11,000 full-time and part-time employees (faculty and staff). The George Washington University is a community dedicated to learning, communication,respect, service and teamwork. As one of the largest private employers in the District of Columbia, the university seeks employees who support the teaching, research, and public service mission of the university.