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    Opportunity: Bioinformatics Scientist @ Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research -- Cambridge, MA (US)
    Submitted by Jennifer; posted on Monday, March 31, 2014


    Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research is a leading, nonprofit research and educational institution that has defined the cutting edge of biomedical science, creating a legacy of research excellence and academic eminence since 1982. Wholly independent in its governance, finances and research programs, Whitehead shares a teaching affiliation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), offering the intellectual, collegial and scientific benefits of a leading research university. Whitehead's Faculty Members and Fellows run pioneering programs in cancer research, immunology, developmental biology, stem cell research, regenerative medicine, genetics and genomics – programs with a record of success.

    Director David C. Page likens the Institute to an artists' colony. "What we do here at Whitehead is to attract the best possible intellectual capital and empower maximally creative – really wildly creative – individuals to realize their dreams within these walls". Whitehead offers a generous comprehensive benefits package which includes health and dental plans, retirement program, paid time off, reimbursement accounts (FSAs), short and long term disability and much more.


    Overall Responsibilities:
    Collaborate and consult with Whitehead scientists on biology research projects. Analyze and interpret experimental data. Provide training and support to Whitehead scientists in the use of and development of Linux-based biological software.

    Characteristic Duties:
    • Collaborate with and support Whitehead scientists using public or custom tools in the areas of short-read sequencing, genomics, gene expression, data mining, protein analysis, statistics, and other high-throughput analyses.
    • Identify or develop software and tools to analyze, display, and manage biological data.
    • Assist with the design and development of bioinformatics-related programming projects.
    • Instruct scientists in the use of the best and latest bioinformatics tools available.
    • Prepare and teach classes, courses and/or demonstrations on the use of various techniques and software tools.
    • Other duties, as assigned.


    • Ph.D. in biology or related discipline.
    • A minimum of two years of bioinformatics/computational biology experience or the equivalent.
    • Background in programming (Perl and/or Python), statistics (R/Bioconductor) and databases (MySQL) in a Linux environment.
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
    • Must be able to work well independently and with all levels of Institute researchers.
    • Must be flexible and demonstrate good skills in instruction and training.
    • Experience with protein structure visualization and prediction, mass spectrometry, image analysis, or high-dimensional datasets a plus.


    Regular, full-time


    Cambridge, MA


    60 - 78k


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