Senior Research Associate, Bioinformatics Genomics

Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Job description

Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health is seeking a skilled and collaborative candidate to study microbial genomics in a public health context. Competitive candidates will have experience in the following:

1) Phylogenetic and comparative genomics 2) Development of solutions for large genomic/-omic data analysis.

The successful applicant will be an innovative researcher with a collaborative attitude, and strong self-management skills, as the individual will participate in multiple projects at any given time. They will work under the supervision of a senior bioinformatics engineer.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Analyze large genomic datasets from clinical and epidemiologic studies
  • Manage high-performance computing systems
  • Identify and develop novel approaches for data analysis in public health research.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates will hold a master’s degree and 3 years of direct experience in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Data mining or related field.
  • Demonstrated computer-programming skills in Java and/or scripting languages such as Perl and/or Python.
  • Knowledge of Unix/Linux/Mac OS X/Windows platforms.
  • Relational database expertise including SQL and schema design.
  • Experience in metagenomic or microbiome data analysis, preferably applied towards large datasets.
  • 2 years experience in Bioinformatics, including independent algorithm/software development and analysis of next-generation microbial sequencing data.
  • Undergraduate or graduate coursework in Microbiology, Biology, or related topics such as Epidemiology
  • Knowledge of C/C++, R/S-plus.
  • Ability to apply statistical and machine learning techniques to solve “big data” problems
  • Experience in analysis of large multi-omics datasets, data mining, or methods for visualizing big-data.
  • Experience with high-performance computing environment.
  • Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills and experience or interest in working in a multidisciplinary team setting.
  • Experience in phylogenetic, comparative genomic analysis, or bacterial genome assembly and annotation.
  • Strong publication record, especially first-author manuscript(s).

Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.

College/School/Department: Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH)

Family: Research and Labs

Sub-Family: Laboratory Research

Stream: Individual Contributor

Level: Level 2

Hours Per Week: 40

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Position Designation
Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.

Required Background Check
Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search

Special Instructions to Applicants

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Internal Applicants Only? No

Posting Number: R000586

How to apply

Apply online

Background Screening
Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.

EEO Statement

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orien tation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. We have more than 20,000 students—from all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countries—studying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy.