Programmer, Erlich lab

New York Genome Center
Job Location
New York, NY 10013
Job Description

The Erlich Lab in the New York Genome Center is looking for a highly motivated individual to join our expanding lab. We need creative problem solvers with a passion for innovation to join our team and help us scale up our hybrid cloud deployment and facilitate big-data large scale genomics analysis. This individual would primarily be working on DNA.Land. https://DNA.Land is a crowdsource research project to collect genomes and traits from a large number of individuals. The project was featured in Nature, the Atlantic, and TEDxDanubia.

The Erlich lab is part of Columbia University Computer Science Department and the NY Genome Center. Examples of the projects and work of our group can be found at and

Job duties will include:

  • Software development to maintain and enhance core or shared components of the website and internal pipelines and tools;
  • Unix scripting;
  • Develop, implement and maintain sysadmin solutions on both physical and cloud based servers;
  • Investigate, design and execute migration strategies to cloud based infrastructure using best practices of Amazon Web Services (AWS);
  • Address lab member's computational needs, by deploying existing solutions, troubleshooting for user errors, or developing new tools.

Beyond these key duties, the lab can be flexible to accommodate the interests of the individual, as there are so many possible avenues for additional projects and work. For example, this person could be focused on bioinformatics research, on machine-learning, or on programming etc. depending on their strengths and interests.

Please include a cover letter with your application, and if you have made a public contribution to a major open source project then please explain the details in this letter.



  • BS in computer science or similar, or equivalent experience;
  • Great communication, collaboration skills and eagerness to continue learning;
  • Familiarity with Unix OS;
  • A working understanding of code and script;
  • Ability to use a wide variety of open source technologies and tools.



  • Comfort with frequent, incremental code testing and deployment;
  • Experience with sysadmin and IT operations;
  • Familiarity with development tools (git, make).


The successful applicant will be part of a fast paced and dynamic team.  Our team will provide significant on-the-job training. We are looking for candidates who are smart, motivated and can take initiative. It would be a great opportunity for someone looking to gain some experience to move into industry or a PhD program in a couple of years, based on the new skillset they develop at NYGC.

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About Our Organization

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, non-profit organization that leverages the collaborative resources of leading academic medical centers, research universities, and commercial organizations. Our vision is to transform medical research and clinical care in New York and beyond through the creation of one of the largest genomics facilities in North America, integrating sequencing, bioinformatics, and data management, as well as performing cutting-edge genomics research. 

The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. The New York Genome Center takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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