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    Opportunity: BIOINFORMATICS Infrastructure Team Lead @ Medical Science & Computing, Inc.--Bethesda, MD (US)
    Submitted by Elisa Johnston; posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012


    Medical Science & Computing, Inc. is searching for a Bioinformatics Infrastructure Team Lead to support the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This opportunity is a full-time position with MSC and it is on-site at NIH in Bethesda, MD.


    • Lead a team of bioinformatics specialists working on scientific projects, many of which leverage NIAID's High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure
    • Work cooperatively with a team of bioinformatics software developers
    • Report directly HPC-related projects to the Branch Chief
    • Interface with systems administrators, project managers, and computational biologists
    • Work on any software-related issues in the HPC environment, which includes the cluster, the NIAID UCSC genome browser mirror, a custom-developed web interface to the cluster, and a LIMS system
    • Collaborate with individual scientists to develop novel bioinformatics packages using scripting languages, and web-enable them for use by the NIAID and NIH research communities
    • Troubleshoot technical issues, for example with the HPC system administrators, and provide hardware requirements for any new infrastructure-related initiatives
    • Customize command-line applications to run in a cluster computing environment
    • Participate in basic requirements collection, design review, coding, testing, troubleshooting, and support for custom-developed software solutions
    • Remain current on existing and emerging software development technologies and tools


    • Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, or a related computational discipline
    • A minimum of 3 years of work experience in a bioinformatics research and software development environment, including at least 2 years of team lead or management experience
    • Author or co-author on peer-reviewed journal publications related to bioinformatics or computational science research
    • Ability to address business needs with effective and efficient technical solutions
    • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively
    • Understand principles of business and project management and effectively communicate technical concepts
    • Ability to grasp the broader picture of a subject, but also give attention to detail
    • Must be able to adapt in a dynamic work environment and co-operate with team members and clients from a broad range of disciplines and subject level expertise
    Technical Skills:
    • Ability to develop technical specifications and to construct web applications
    • Solid ability to create workflows in Perl, Python, for the automation of bioinformatics processes, preferably using BioPerl and/or BioPython packages
    • Good programming experience with Java to collaborate with the software development team.
    • Programming experience in statistical package such as R or Matlab
    • Documented expertise in handling large volumes of data in relational databases
    • Solid experience with Unix systems and the use of Torque or Grid Engine to distribute and manage large-scale computing jobs in a high-performance computing environment


    Bethesda, Maryland


    Please forward your resume, cover letter and salary requirement to Elisa[at] Please include the job title in the subject line.

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