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    Opportunity: BIOINFORMATICIAN @ TGen--Flagstaff, AZ (US)
    Submitted by Brady Young; posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010


    The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a non-profit biomedical research institute based in Phoenix, Arizona, focused on research that can help patients with cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and other debilitating conditions. Working with a worldwide network of collaborators in the scientific and medical communities, TGen researchers study the genetic components of both common and complex diseases. Through genomic analysis, we learn how DNA, genes and proteins the microscopic building block of life can affect human health. Our 41 lead investigators and nearly 300 support personnel at sites in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Flagstaff, Arizona, are dedicated to improving patient care and quality of life through precision medicine, best defined as the right therapy, for the right patient, at the right time.

    Department Description:
    The Division of Pathogen Genomics at TGen is focused on conducting translational genomic research related to pathogens important to medicine, public health and biodefense.


    TGEN Division of Pathogen Genomics is looking for an experienced microbial bioinformatics programmer and analyst to join the team. Researchers at TGen are leading cutting-edge research that requires analysis of high-throughput genomic sequencing datasets as well as development and application of novel bioinformatics tools. The successful applicant will develop and apply microbial genetic and genomic bioinformatics, database and programming skills to assist TGen scientific staff in 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.

    The successful applicant will be required to work independently and must be able to manage their time across multiple concurrent projects.

    Tasks include:
    • 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.
    • Design, implement, test, deploy and document software to meet requirements if needed.
    • Prepare journal publication detailing software.
    • Maintain software.
    • Develop and maintain analysis pipelines quality checking the results, and ensuring scalability of pipelines on large data sets.


    • 3+ years relevant experience engaged in microbial bioinformatics and a Bachelors degree in biology, microbiology, computer science or related degree.
    • Masters or a Bachelors level degree in biology, microbiology, computer science (with specialty in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology preferred) or related field. Extensive research/experience in microbial genetics and genomics may substitute for minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
    • Microbial bioinformatics experience
    • 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.
    • Unix / Linux / Mac OS X / Windows
    • Experience with bioinformatics tools such as sequence similarity, assembly, and alignment tools.


    • Phylogenetics skills.
    • Research experience in Metagenomics.
    • Next Gen Sequencing data analysis pipelines (454, Illumina, SOLiD)
    • Relational database expertise including SQL and schema design
    • Java
    • Perl
    • C/C++
    • R / S-plus
    • Strong statistics or mathematics background


    If you are interested in seeing the most up to date job listings or to apply for a position, please go to and submit your resume for this position. Please take a moment to read about our employee benefits and learn more about TGen. If you have any questions about the company or how to post for a position, please contact tgenhr[at]

    Please apply to all the jobs you are interested in. Only resumes submitted through the TGen career website will be considered.

    We value and support diversity in our workforce.

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