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Duke University

Job Location

110 Science Drive
305 Teer Box 90271
Durham, NC 27708
United States

Job Description


We are looking for a talented and motivated individual to work with teams of Researchers and Scientists providing bioinformatics training, consulting, application development and support as part of the Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies (CAGT).

Work performed

• Contribute to the design, development, implementation, and testing of bioinformatic tools and analysis pipelines that use high-throughput genomic data to generate biological hypotheses. This might include not only writing new code, but repackaging and documenting existing scripts to make them reusable and easy to maintain. (30%)

• Collaborate and consult with researchers individually or in small groups to analyze problems, recommend technology-based solutions, and design computational strategies for a wide range of biological research. Initiate interdisciplinary collaborations with other centers or departments within and outside the CAGT. (20%)

• Submit data, metadata, and QC metrics to publicly available data repositories and/or designated data coordinating centers. (20%)

• Recommend new methods, strategies and improvements to incorporate into existing analysis workflows. Try latest tools and analysis methods for new non-conventional genomic data (e.g. CRISPR screens), evaluating their fit and gradually incorporating them into existing analysis pipelines. (15%)

• Provide training on bioinformatics-related concepts, applications and tools to researchers across the CAGT. Design and participate in hands-on workshops to teach scientists how to use common analysis workflows in local or cloud computing environments. (15%)

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.



• Experience working with high throughput sequencing datasets (e.g. RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, etc.). Strong and demonstrable programming skills in Python and/or R. Knowledge and experience with Jupyter notebooks and/or knitr preferred.

• Experience with collaborative development environments, including management of shared repositories (github).

• Good communication skills; run and deliver results in a clear and precise way. Familiarity with High Performance Computing clusters (e.g. SLURM, PBS). Familiarity with workflow languages (e.g. CWL, snakemake, WDL).


This position requires a B.S. in Bioinformatics or the Biological Sciences with demonstrable computational skills; or a B.S. in Computer Science with a strong interest in Biology/Genomics. M.S. preferred.


No previous work experience required, but summer work experience is preferred.

Job Code: 00002895 BIOINFORMATICIAN I Job Level: 80

About Our Organization

Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.

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