Ontology Engineer (4158)

Job Location
Redwood City, CA
Job Description

The Ontology group is responsible for QIAGEN's large, high-quality Knowledge Base of biological concepts, and its use to integrate content curated from the literature and public databases into our customer applications. As a member of this group, you will join a dynamic cross-functional team composed of biologists, ontologists, bioinformaticians and software engineers working on truly cutting-edge technology. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals with interdisciplinary training in biology and computer science to contribute to the advancement of science and healthcare!

- Develop models to store and organize biological concepts and relationships in a consistent and computable manner
- Develop processes to acquire and integrate new types of content from both structured and semi/un-structured sources into the knowledge base
- Integrate content into customer applications to support new features and enhancements
- Think critically about our technology and processes to propose and develop scalable and automated methods for expanding, testing and maintaining the knowledge base


- Basic understanding of molecular biology and genetics concepts
- Proven ability to solve problems using programming and scripting skills, especially in Perl and/or Java.
- Proficiency with database design and query languages (e.g. SQL)

- Knowledge of one or more of the following: ontology, semantic technology, Artificial Intelligence, biomedical text mining, Natural Language Processing (NLP) or expert systems.
- Experience with biological databases and ontologies such as GO, RefSeq, OMIM, PubMed, etc.
- Experience with data integration from disparate sources such as flat files, XML, etc.
- Experience automating workflows/pipelines using tools such as Ant, Hudson etc.
- Knowledge of software development best practices, quality controls, testing techniques.

- Excellent critical and analytical thinking with strong attention to detail.
- Energetic and open-minded individual with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Enthusiasm to learn new technologies, explore diverse content, and algorithms.

Graduate degree in bioinformatics or computational biology; or in core computer or biological sciences with cross-training or experience in the other.

How to Apply

If interested, please apply online www.qiagen.com/careers

About Our Organization

QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands-based holding company, is the leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions to transform biological materials into valuable molecular insights. QIAGEN sample technologies isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins from blood, tissue and other materials. Assay technologies make these biomolecules visible and ready for analysis. Bioinformatics software and knowledge bases interpret data to report relevant, actionable insights. Automation solutions tie these together in seamless and cost-effective molecular testing workflows. QIAGEN provides these workflows to more than 500,000 customers around the world in Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare), Applied Testing (forensics, veterinary testing and food safety), Pharma (pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies) and Academia (life sciences research). As of March 31, 2015, QIAGEN employed approximately 4,300 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at www.qiagen.com.

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