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Opportunity: Senior Bioinformatics Scientist (Genome Analysis & Annotation, NGS) (#45569) @ SRA International -- Atlanta, GA (US)
Submitted by John M. Greene, Ph.D.; posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Submitter DESCRIPTION:
SRA is seeking a bioinformatics scientist to join its Team in Atlanta working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Influenza Division, to modernize the Divisions surveillance, diagnostics, immunity and vaccine candidate selection activities. In this role, you will collaborate with CDC staff and Team members to define project objectives, implementation details, and project schedules. Working as part of diverse team of 10 bioinformatics and IT professionals, you will contribute to the development of algorithms and analysis pipelines; apply those tools to emerging needs of the Division; and integrate those capabilities into broader Division activities and software development efforts. The ideal Bioinformatics Scientist candidate will be a skilled professional with broad experience in bioinformatics, including comparative genomics, Next Generation Sequence (NGS) analysis, high throughput genome annotation and analysis pipeline development. The ability to work with and integrate other data types (e.g. antigenicity, functional assays) with core sequence information is highly desired. You should also possess strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication (verbal and written) skills. Experience with viral genomics is preferred as is demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced, matrixed environment. This is an industrial bioinformatics group and although there will be elements of research to this position, and you will be expected to maintain a focus on product delivery.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Collaborate with CDC staff and Team members to define project requirements covering diagnostics, Immunity, vaccine development and virologic surveillance activities.
* Identify and specify meaningful algorithms, workflows, and pipelines for the analysis; annotation; and reporting on Influenza genomic sequence data, particularly sequence information from Next Generation Sequencing platforms (Illumina, PacBio).
* Develop algorithms, scripts, tools and pipelines for comparative genomics analysis and annotation of Influenza sequences
* Identify and develop approaches for integration of disparate data types with sequence information that support the mission for the Division and enable diagnostics, Immunity, vaccine development and virologic surveillance activities.
* Define and document software specifications for your own work products and work with software engineers to implement those specifications.
* Provide analytical services and tool development to support Division needs related to diagnostics, Immunity, vaccine development and virologic surveillance activities
* Provide professional grade reports on ongoing analysis activities.
* Work with software development team members to mature and integrate analytical tools/pipelines into user accessible tools/interfaces.
* Serve as a subject matter expert to guide complex software development activities.
* Maintain expertise in the science and application of genomic technologies.

REQUIREMENTS:
* Masters degree and 2+ years or BS degree and 4+ years experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience); preferred degree in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biostatistics, or other relevant discipline.
* 2+ years of experience in one or more of the following areas: Next Generation Sequence analysis; Comparative Genomics; Genome Annotation.
* Demonstrated fluency in UNIX/Linux and high performance computing environments
* Demonstrated programming/scripting ability in languages such as Perl/Python/Java/C++ and familiarity with principles of object oriented programing
* Experience in algorithm generation and/or computational methods implementation
* Familiarity with statistical/mathematical packages such as R/MATLAB

PREFERENCES:
* PhD degree or MS degree preferred
* Strong communication skills and comfort working in a dynamic, fast paced environment
* Viral Genomics experience

TERMS:
Full Time Employment

LOCALE:
Atlanta, GA

COMPENSATION:
Negotiable

HOW TO APPLY:
Please apply online via http://www.sra.com/careers to job #45569 or via this link [link]

DEADLINE:
May 20, 2014 (start date is negotiable)

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