Bioinformatician 2 at The University of Chicago

Posted in Other 19 days ago.

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:


BSD PED - Cardiology - Moskowitz Lab

About the Department

Exciting research opportunity in the Moskowitz laboratory to help drive a research project in developmental biology aimed to understand the molecular basis of birth defects. The lab is devoted to the genetic, genomic and molecular study of gene regulatory networks in developing organs, particularly cardiac development with respect to Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). In cardiac development, we have identified an essential role for cilia-based Hedgehog signaling in cardiac progenitors, an essential aspect of mammalian cardiac development. Our studies have contributed to a paradigm shift in the understanding of cardiac morphogenesis, which is driven by events in cardiac progenitors rather than in the heart itself (e.g. Hoffmann et al., 2009; Xie et al., 2012; Zhou et al., 2017). We have recently identified a surprising and novel role for Hedgehog signaling in developmental timing control that will be the basis of future projects (Rowton et al. 2020).

Job Summary

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

This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.


  • 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.

  • Transfer abstract workflows into production level software.

  • Customize existing applications to meet specific scientific project needs.

  • Support the development of data models, databases or software applications.

  • Produce, present and discuss high quality data analysis reports.

  • Develop programs to perform analyses and generate both routine and ad hoc reports.

  • Guides with researchers to analyze problems, recommend technology-based solutions, or determine computational strategies.

  • Designs and perform formal evaluation of informatics methods and products.

  • Manipulates publicly accessible, commercial, or proprietary genomic, proteomic, or post-genomic databases.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor's in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field.


  • Experience in basic programming for bioinformatics with scripting languages such as Perl, Python, R, Java, XML, C/C++ or SQL.

  • Experience working on Linux and/or Unix systems erred.

Working Conditions

  • Laboratory Setting.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

  • References (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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