Bioinformatician at University of Chicago

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Type: Full Time
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:

BSD DIV - Duchossois Family Institute: Staff

About the Department
The Duchossois Family Institute focuses on the role of commensal bacteria in enhancing disease resistance and is using genomic and metabolomic platforms to characterize the microbiome and its metabolites. Computational and bioinformatic expertise is required to understand how commensal bacteria impact human health. Bioinformaticians in the DFI perform genomic analyses including genome assembly and annotation and working with computation software programs to analyze microbial genome sequences and characterizing their metabolite utilization and secretion.

Job Summary
The job administers programs and support all phases of bioinformatics activities by helping devise or modify procedures to solve complex problems.

- Will work closely with clinical and laboratory investigators to analyze 16S rRNA and shotgun metagenomic sequences and use a range of statistical tests to compare microbiota and microbiome compositions in longitudinal and cross-sectional studies.
- Work closely with investigators to assemble and annotate genomes of bacterial strains subjected to whole genome sequencing.
- Participates in creating data algorithms and specialized computer software to identify and classify components of a biological system (i.e. DNA and protein sequences).
- Applies basic application of computational tools and information technology to gather, analyze and visualize data in biology and biomedical research.
- Interprets data analysis of high throughput genomics, proteomics and genetic data.
- Plans own resources to implement or modify existing web-based bioinformatics tools.
- Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience:Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications

- BS/BA degree in Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, or a related field. Computation coding with R-script, Python, SQL, Bash Script.

- Minimum of 2-5 years experience working on the analysis of the microbiota and microbiome associated with a range of different experimental and clinical samples. Experience with microbial genomics and familiarity with microbial metabolic pathways.
- Experience with microbial genetics.

Preferred Competencies
- Must work closely with students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members.
- Must pay great attention to detail and help investigators design studies that will provide useful and ultimately publishable data.
- Must have flexibility in order to provide analyses that, in some circumstances, are required for grant or presentation deadlines.

Application Documents
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