Bioinformatics Software Systems Engineer

University of Kentucky
Job Location
Lexington, KY 40536
Job Description

Founded in 1865 as a land-grant institution adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Recently ranked as one of the safest, most creative, and the brainiest cities in the nation, Lexington is an ideal location to experience the work-life integration that the University strives to provide its employees. See for yourself what makes UK one great place to work.


As our genomics program expands rapidly, we are seeking Bioinformatics software systems engineer to join our newly established Genomics Core facility.


The successful candidate will participate in a highly collaborative environment in the development and maintenance of software in support of the daily operations of our core facility.


Depending on the candidate's skill sets, the scope of the bioinformatics software systems engineer will include:


  • Developing databases, API servers, middleware, and web-based clients to interface and interconnect a diverse in-house and commercial software systems including validation of software and keeping track of software versioning to streamline data and workflows

  • Developing programs, scripts, and user interfaces to facilitate NGS data analysis

  • Creating and executing data management plans, data archival in compliance to established HIPAA data management policies and long-term storage of data.

  • Working closely with CLIA- and CAP-certified genomics core facility to develop and customize laboratory information management systems (LIMS) to meet their 24/7 operational needs.

  • Working closely with the Director of Genomics core and other staff to take care of informatics-related CLIA/CAP regulations.


    The Bioinformatics Software Systems Engineer position will provide opportunities for the successful candidates to:

  • Work on the cutting-edge NGS-based clinical diagnostics field and cope with exciting advancement in the field.

  • Work with a variety of operation systems and database servers.

  • Gain industrial experience in CLIA- and CAP-certified environment.



  • MS, preferably in Computer Science, Information Systems, Bioinformatics or closely related majors

  • A minimum of 2 years experience

  • Excellent Communication and Interpersonal Skills


    The following skills, knowledge, and abilities are preferred:

  • Extensive Linux Scripting (Python, Perl, etc.)

  • SQL Server access and management (MySQL, PgSQL and Database Abstraction in General)

  • Experience in file systems management

  • General high performance computing user and operator level skills, especially program development, job submission and job management on SLURM-managed clusters

  • Web development on a LAMP stack (MVC designs, REST APIs, SQL queries JAVA, Ruby/Rails)


    Also, the following skill sets and knowledge areas are a plus:

  • Knowledge in Bioinformatics

  • Knowledge in Human Genetics and Genomics

  • Experience in NGS Data Analysis

  • Understanding of Computing, Storage and Networking Hardware

How to Apply

To apply for this position, submit a UK online application at  If you have any questions, contact HR/Employment, phone (859) 257-9555 press 2. Application deadline is 3/11/2015. Any candidate offered this position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.  The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities and women.

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