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    Opportunity: Bioinformatician @ The George Washington University -- Washingtion, DC (US)
    Submitted by Millicent Dunbar; posted on Monday, October 07, 2013


    The George Washington University, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is looking for a driven, sociable and experienced bioinformaticist to join our research group. Our team is conducting studies that integrate microbial genomics with epidemiology to reveal the role of the human microbiome in health and disease and to track the emergence and dissemination of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. The successful applicant will work with a multidisciplinary team to develop and apply novel bioinformatics tools, create and access custom databases, and write software programs to facilitate public health research. Some tasks include: identifying relevant data sources and tools, automating repetitive bioinformatics tasks, extracting custom datasets, improving existing and/or developing new data analysis tools and translating prototype informatics tools into more polished tools suitable for wider usage or release to the scientific community.


    • Consult with researchers to identify requirements; analyze and translate requirements into software specifications.
    • Identify and use existing tools in an innovative fashion to meet captured requirements and address systems, data analysis and data presentation challenges.
    • Develop algorithms to solve novel problem that arise for which no tools are readily available.
    • Design, implement, test, deploy and document software to meet requirements if needed.
    • Prepare peer-reviewed journal articles detailing software.
    • Maintain software.
    • Develop and maintain analysis pipelines quality checking the results, and ensuring scalability of pipelines on large data sets.
    • Maintain, manage and extend in-house databases.


    • PhD or a Masters level degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or related field.
    • 5 years in the field or in a related area, to include 2-5 years of research and/or college level teaching in a field basic to the work performed.


    • Programming skills in appropriate industry standard 3rd and 4th generation languages and tool sets.
    • Ability to develop and maintain of bioinformatics projects and pipelines; process, analyze and maintain data.
    • Experience with bioinformatics tools such as sequence similarity, assembly, and alignment tools.
    • Relational database expertise including SQL and schema design. Use Unix / Linux / Mac OS X / Windows
    • 3+ relevant experience engaged in microbial bioinformatics.
    • Extensive research/experience in microbial genetics and genomics.
    • Training in phylogenetics.
    • Research experience in metagenomics.
    • Next Gen DNA Sequencing data analysis pipelines (454, Illumina, PacBio), Java, Perl, C/C++, R / S-plus
    • Strong statistics or mathematics background
    • Experience in data mining and analysis of large omics datasets
    • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills.
    • Ability to work in a high powered computing environment


    2100 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20052


    Commensurate with experience


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