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Old 01-09-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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Default Bioinformatics Specialist at New York University School of Medicine

Our laboratory is seeking an energetic and highly motivated Bioinformatics Specialist to work in the area of immunology, virology, and mouse genetics. We are a dynamic and diverse group of scientists, located at New York University Medical Center in Manhattan at First Avenue and 30th Street.

Principal Responsibilities
• Working with postdoctoral fellows to build informatics pipelines for analyzing large amounts of Illumina RNA- and ChIP-Seq data, as well as 454 metagenomic data
• Developing custom scripts to conduct analyses designed by lab members
• Managing several compute nodes in collaboration with NYU’s Health Informatics and Bioinformatics HPC cluster team
• Thoroughly documenting code and logging work done to ensure reproducibility of results
• Building graphical user interfaces which allow lab members to access their results efficiently

Minimum Qualifications
• A bachelor’s or master’s degree in biology, statistics, computer science or a related field
• Minimum 2 years research experience, preferably in a life sciences laboratory
• Able to work independently and as a team member
• Able to learn complex tasks with general instruction
• Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise
• Fluent in UNIX command line and shell scripting (do you run Linux on your laptop?)

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience coding in Python, Perl, R, or MATLAB, especially in a biological context
• Proficiency in developing web UIs on a LAMP stack, especially with CakePHP
• Familiarity with widely-used bioinformatics tools (e.g. BLAST, BWA, Bowtie/TopHat, Cufflinks, SAMTools, Newbler, and MACS)
• Knowledge of systems administration and networking
• A background in biology, especially immunology
• Experience writing highly-parallel code for a cluster
• Experience working with git or another version control system, especially in the context of collaborative development
• Strong interpersonal/communication skills; you’ll be following the lead of computer-naïve biologists and must be able to effectively describe your algorithm and the results

Why this is a great job
• You’ll get a competitive salary commensurate with experience, and excellent benefits
• This isn’t a core facility job—you will be working directly with researchers full-time on exciting research projects and your work will be recognized with authorship on any resulting publications
• You will be encouraged and expected to broaden your knowledge by attending seminars, conferences, and NYU classes relevant to your work

Please send a cover letter and contact information for three references with your resume to:

Jeff Blenker (
Dan Littman Laboratory
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
New York University School of Medicine
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