Informatics Software Support Specialist

Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, University of Minnesota
Job Location: 
Minneapolis, MN
competitive, depends on background and qualifications

Outstanding faculty retirement, medical and dental benefits

Job Description: 

The University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) seeks to hire a user support systems programmer/informatics analyst. This position has the primary responsibility to work with MSI staff on the full range of Informatics software operational needs of the Institute. This includes installation, documentation, update, and testing informatics software, and employing the methods and tools in use at the Institute for general application software. This position will contribute to the development, deployment, and maintenance of custom-built tools to support Informatics analytical needs, as well as supporting the day-to-day operations of Informatics frameworks at the institute (currently Galaxy and CLC Bio). Participation in help ticket resolution, as they pertain to Informatics software, and participation in Institute meetings, not necessarily confined to the Informatics group as necessary, will also be a component of this position. This position operates as part of a team and will contribute to documentation and dissemination initiatives at the Institute in the area of Informatics.


Required Qualifications

*B.S. or M.S. in computer science, bioinformatics, or similar with demonstrable computational and software development skills
*Qualified applicants with related degree will have at least four years relevant work experience; those who have requisite skills but a non-related degree must have at least six years of demonstrated, related experience
*Demonstrated ability to produce well designed, documented code in Python, Perl, Ruby or similar; experience programming in C/C++ a big plus
*Software development experience supporting the life sciences in data analysis and automation
*Experience working with databases (e.g., MySQL, Postgres)
*Familiarity with the ecosystem of standard tools for primary sequence analysis (e.g. BWA, samtools, vcftools, bedtools, tabix, Picard tools, GATK, CASAVA, Bowtie, Tophat, Cufflinks), their APIs and standard file formats (fastq, SAM/BAM, VCF, BED, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

*Proficiency working in a Linux environment and with Unix shell scripting
*Familiarity with Galaxy or such web-based bioinformatics tools
*Familiarity with BioPerl/BioPython/BioRuby
*Prior work experience in handling high-throughput biological datasets and in bioinformatic data analyses are strongly preferred
*Proficiency in using build, test, version control, and documentation tools preferred.
*Experience with project management is highly desirable

***Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.***

Contact Information: 

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