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    Opportunity: Bioinformatician -- Microbiome/Metagenomic Research @ Baylor College of Medicine -- Houston, TX (US)
    Submitted by Joe Petrosino; posted on Sunday, July 13, 2014


    The Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research (CMMR) is coordinating and leading research and development efforts in this area across the Texas Medical Center, with collaborators from around the US, and with those abroad. CMMR researchers are developing molecular and informatic tools and resources to advance diverse clinical and basic research projects pertaining to the organisms that comprise the microbiome, the genetic makeup of these bacteria, viruses and fungi, and how these commensal microorganisms interact with human cells and tissues during the course of life. The intent is for these projects to lead to the development of new treatments and diagnostics for a variety of heritable and infectious diseases as well as the development of additional reagents having other biotech applications. We continuously seek individuals who are looking to work in a diverse research environment that supports ongoing genomics research and improvements in metagenomic sequencing technology and analyses.


    We are looking to fill the position of Bioinformatician within the CMMR. The Bioinformatician will be expected to lead metagenomic and statistical analyses of microbial community data sets derived from Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data.

    • Initiation/implementation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of analysis software in support of microbial ecology studies
    • Proactively providing data analysis support to multiple metagenomic sequencing projects
    • Coordination of data flow with a wide variety of external scientific collaborators
    • Tracking project data and reporting analysis results
    • Collaboration with the software engineering groups to define software requirements
    • Ability to plan and organize detailed projects with multiple tasks and deadline
    • Proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment


    He/she is expected to have experience in scientific programming with applications to biological research, plus experience with Perl, HTML, CGI, relation databases and SQL. Experience with C++ and programming using UNIX/LINUX clusters are desirable. Experience with NexGen data and metagenomic analyses are strongly desired. May be at the B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. level.


    • A degree in quantitative science (bioinformatics, molecular biology, physics, etc)
    • Broad knowledge of biology, especially microbial ecology and/or genetics
    • Experience with large genomic data sets (Next-generation sequence, genotyping, or expression data), data mining, and data analysis
    • Experience with UNIX and cluster computing preferred
    • Perl, Ruby, or other scripting development experience
    • Experience with machine learning and/or artificial intelligence programming a plus
    • Demonstrated independent thinking and problem solving ability
    • Strong oral and written communication skills


    Houston, Texas


    Qualified candidates may also submit resumes via mail, e-mail or fax to:


    Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research
    Attn: Megan Coombs and Nadim Ajami
    One Baylor Plaza – 700B, BCM MS385
    Houston, Texas 77030
    Fax: 713-798-1418

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