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    Opportunity: BIOINFORMATICS Software Engineer @ The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center--Houston, TX (US)
    Submitted by John N Weinstein; posted on Thursday, September 09, 2010

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    The Division of Quantitative Sciences at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is seeking highly motivated professionals with expertise in software development for support of bioinformatics and computational biology. The successful candidate will join a strong and growing team of developers who work closely with faculty on a variety of important projects in cancer research. MD Anderson is ranked the No. 1 Cancer Center in the country, and its leadership recognizes that bioinformatics is key to the goal of using biomarkers and biosignatures to “personalize” cancer therapy. There are major opportunities here for the talented individual to play a well-supported, creative role in the battle against cancer.

    The Software Engineering Team develops software solutions for scientific computation, including web-based applications and tools for data management, mining, and interpretation in the cutting-edge field of cancer molecular profiling. Efforts involve important programming for next-generation sequencing technologies that generate massive data sets and provide challenging problems and opportunities at all levels of computer science. Research interests also include advance architectures (high-performance computing, semantic web, the cloud).

    REQUIREMENTS

    • B.S. in Computer Science or related major with CS core
    • Nine years experience in systems analysis and programming, including software and systems design, project management, and documentation

    PREFERENCES

    • M.S. degree
    • Bioinformatics experience
    • Expert programming in multiple languages including Java, C++, C and R
    • Experience developing web-based interfaces
    • Understanding of data structures and algorithms, including OO design patterns
    • Also appreciated are experience with Agile methods and background in relevant life sciences.
    • Individuals with sufficient experience as technical lead are especially welcomed to apply.

    COMPENSATION

    MD Anderson Cancer Center’s salaries and benefits are highly competitive, and Houston’s cost of living is surprisingly low (e.g., only 56% of that in the San Francisco area per bankrate.com).

    LOCALE

    Many don’t realize that Houston is one of the country’s most interesting and diverse cities, featuring great neighborhoods, excellent private and public schools, sports teams, superb museums, highly acclaimed opera, symphony, ballet, and theater, first-rate international cuisine, and year-round recreational and entertainment opportunities.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Send a letter of interest, resume and at least 3 references (include name, title, affiliation, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses), via email, to the Search Committee at bioinfoprogrammers[at]mdanderson.org. Review of applications will continue until the positions have been filled. Applicants should also apply in parallel online at www.mdanderson.org/about_mda/careers/, inserting “bioinformatics” as keyword and responding to the position title “System Analyst III”.

    POLICY

    MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or veteran status except where such distinction is required by law. All positions at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are security sensitive and subject to examination of criminal history record information. MD Anderson Cancer Center is a smoke-free and drug-free environment. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

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