Research Area Specialist Sr

University of Michigan, Bioinformatics Core
Job Location
2800 Plymouth Road
NCRC Building 22
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

UM full time benefits

Job Description


The Bioinformatics Analyst Senior will work in a collaborative team environment to provide professional analysis services to Core customers. Bioinformatics is a highly dynamic field and the work will involve;

a) operation of well-developed and automated tools

b) testing, improvement, and implementation of new tools

c) custom analyses that do not use established tools.

The Analyst will work closely with the UM DNA Sequencing Core to assess new technologies and their potential impacts on data analysis routines. Based on close attention to detail and critical thinking, the Analyst will identify potential anomalies in datasets and work to resolve any quality issues. The Analyst will prepare professional reports for Core customers to communicate analysis results. The Analyst will continually update his/her knowledge and skills in the field to remain at the forefront of bioinformatics research. The Analyst will operate independently, when appropriate, and will also collaborate effectively with other Core analysts on a variety of tasks. Effective documentation of code and analysis methods, report preparation, and professional interaction with Core customers (pre- and post-analysis) are important elements of the Analyst’s duties.


Required Qualifications*

A minimum of a PhD degree in an appropriate field (e.g. Computational Biology, Statistics/Biostatistics, Computer Science, Bioinformatics) emphasizing both computer skills and biological expertise.

Have published in their field of specialty.

The candidate must be proficient with Linux as well as one or more scripting/programming languages (e.g. Python, Perl, Java, C).

The candidate must be familiar with a range of bioinformatics resources, both publicly available (e.g. NCBI/EMBL databases, Bioconductor modules) and proprietary (e.g. Genomatix/Ingenuity Pathways Analysis).

Must have familiarity with gene and protein sequence analysis tools for assembly, alignment, and annotation including data visualization.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, and a drive to excel are required.

Desired Qualifications*
Laboratory research experience in a life science domain is desired and R programming would be a particularly valuable asset.

Background Screening
University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.


About Our Organization

The Bioinformatics Core is one of the Biomedical Research Core Facilities in the University of Michigan Medical School’s Office of Research. The Core is a centralized resource that performs data analysis on a fee-for-service basis across diverse areas of biomedical science, serving the analysis needs of both UM researchers and researchers outside of UM. A main focus of the Core is on analysis of next-generation sequencing data (e.g. exome-seq, genome resequencing, RNA-Seq, ChiP-Seq, de novo assembly of genomes), though we provide a full range of related analyses (e.g. enrichment testing, network/pathways analysis, array data analysis), as well as custom bioinformatics analyses as required by Core customers.



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