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Computational Biologist II - Clinical Sciences (Biomedical Informatics)

Job Number: 62284
Categories: Research & Laboratory
Location: 5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX
Department: 354002 - BT-Biomedical Informatics
Full/Part Time/PRN: Day Job
Regular/Temporary: Regular


This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information


Salary Negotiable

Experience and Education

Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related field of biological science, thesis work in bioinformatics and computational biology.
Master's degree in Computer Science or a related field of biological science, and two (2) years related research experience in bioinformatics and computational biology.
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field of biological science, and four (4) years related research experience in bioinformatics and computational biology.

Job Duties

  • Perform professional work in support of scientific research using technical knowledge of software, software development, networking, and/or hardware in a complex computing environment. Subject matter expert in multiple areas of computing technology, and specific knowledge of molecular biology and genetics.
  • Manage computer hardware and software programming and maintenance for one or more research laboratories. Ensure existing systems meet the continuing needs of the labs and/or recommend and test new systems as necessary.
  • Perform or direct others to perform complex data analysis related to specialized research methodologies and results. Manage assigned research projects with minimal input from the Principle Investigator.
  • Develop and/or modify software to support new and ongoing research projects.
  • Resolve hardware, software, and network issues in support of the laboratory.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of complex databases to support new and ongoing research projects.
  • Prepare research reports for presentation, and assist with preparation of manuscripts for publication.
  • May specialize in bioinformatics, software development, network administration, or hardware/software maintenance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Other Job Responsibilities

VDJServer is a cloud-based web portal for running research data analysis jobs on the supercomputer. It also providesa data repository for researchers to query existing data and to publish their own data. We are expanding VDJServer as part of an international consortium to create a federated data commons that will encompass multiple repositories each with billions of data records. The data commons will provide query capability across these repositories and will integrate with security layers, analysis pipelines, and visualization capabilities. We are looking for a talented research scientist to lead this development effort and to enhance the existing VDJServer platform with new functionality.

Desired skills:

  • Strong programming skills
  • Experience working on large software development projects
  • Familiarity with service-oriented technologies, REST, Node.js, Javascript, JSON
  • Familiarity with database technologies, NoSQL, MongoDB
  • Bioinformatics data analysis and computational biologyresearch experience is a plus
  • Source code management, Continuous Integration andDelivery – GIT, Docker etc.
  • Linux, shell scripting, Python
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Education: BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science,Computational Biology or other related subject or equivalent qualification

**Other Duties: Performs other duties as assigned.

UTSouthwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of: race; color; religion; national origin; sex; including sexual harassment; age; disability; genetic information; citizenship status; and protected veteran status. In addition, it is UTSouthwestern policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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