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    Opportunity: High-Performance Biological Computing (HPCBio) -- 3 positions available @ University of Illinois -- Urbana, IL (US)
    Submitted by Rhonda Lipking; posted on Wednesday, September 05, 2012


    The University of Illinois has recently created a High-Performance Biological Computing group (HPCBio) tasked with providing computational infrastructure, support, training and applied R&D capability to its biomedical research community. HPCBio is a joint venture of the Carver Biotechnology Center, the Institute for Genomic Biology and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. It offers a unique environment to leverage diverse high-performance computing environments including Blue Waters, the largest academic computer in the US, for computational genomics research and user support. It is engaging with a rapidly growing network of collaborators to develop a distributed cyberinfrastructure for genomics research.


    The University has three positions available to work in the HPCBio group:

    1. Senior Research Scientist- NCSA (A1200471), whose primary functions will be to analyze and implement strategies to develop and support computational genomics research; design and develop in-house bioinformatics tools; evaluate and integrate community-developed bioinformatics tools; and act as the primary liaison with off-campus collaborators.

    2. A Technical Lead, Software and Databases - Biotechnology Center (A1200475), whose primary responsibilities will be to oversee the development and maintenance of a software stack serving the research needs of the University of Illinois faculty and staff in the area of bioinformatics and computational genomics; design and implement a software, networking and hardware environment enabling transparent sharing of computational resources for biological research across campus; participate in applied research projects in computational genomics, including the writing of grant proposals.

    3. A Research Specialist in Life Sciences Bioinformatics - Biotechnology Center (A1200477), whose primary responsibilities will be to assist faculty and staff with the analysis of their experimental data; design and implement strategies and workflows to analyze various high-throughput datasets; support the data management and analysis needs of the High-Throughput Sequencing Unit of the Biotechnology Center.


    Required Education & Training:
    Please consult the position descriptions posted at for the specific requirements associated with each position. Applicants are encouraged to apply for more than one position if they meet the posted requirements. An MS or higher degree in a field of science relevant to bioinformatics is required for all three positions. Preferred degree fields are bioinformatics, statistics, computer science, molecular genetics or biotechnology. Alternative degree fields may be considered/accepted if accompanied by equivalent experience.


    These are regular academic professional positions at the University of Illinois (NCSA and Carver Biotechnology Center) and are renewable 12-month, 100%-time appointments with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search.


    For full consideration, please create your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application and resume by the close date. Three letters of reference should be uploaded at the time of application, or sent via email to the contact listed in the individual job listings. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.


    Interviews may be conducted before the closing date, although no hiring decisions will be made until after the search has closed.


    The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

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