Bioinformatics Research Associate I, Entomology and Plant Pathology

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Bioinformatics Research Associate I, Entomology and Plant Pathology - 16000001N6 


 The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture in Knoxville, Tennessee is seeking to fill a bioinformatics research associate position that is focused on developing and implementing bioinformatics approaches for next generation sequencing (DNA and RNA) in agricultural species. We are seeking a dedicated bioinformatics research associate with computational experience. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in informatics approaches to a number of different omics techniques and to lead or co-author scientific publications. This position will collaborate broadly with faculty across agricultural departments to incorporate bioinformatics and systems biology into their research. The successful candidate will analyze large-scale genomic data and participate in methodology development in areas including but not limited to whole genome resequencing, RNASeq differential gene expression, and genotyping by sequencing. The position will encompass activities such as leveraging high performance computational resources, writing software pipelines to process raw sequences, and writing reports on results and methodology. The successful applicant will be exposed to interdisciplinary, cutting edge research in the arena of bioinformatics and will have the opportunity to expand their skill set and grow with this exciting field of science.
• Analyze, manage, integrate and interpret genomic data sets
• Provide a variety of bioinformatic services including assembly and/or alignment of next generation sequencing data
• Develop and maintain analysis pipeline code used to compare and analyze data; design and perform custom analyses as required.
• Maintain thorough documentation of all tasks
• Continue education in genomics and bioinformatics in order to propose and implement new concepts and technical solutions.
• Contribute to the writing of scholarly publications by providing written methodology and results


• BS in bioinformatics, computer science and/or the life sciences or equivalent professional experience in lieu of degree on a year to year basis.
• 2-3 years of professional experience in a remote Linux operating system environment with minimal systems support and demonstrated experience in a scripting language such as Python or Perl
• Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
• Ability to interact with scientists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds.
• Ability to work independently, prioritize and manage a variety of tasks, and shift priorities rapidly.
• Work experience in the field of bioinformatics that has led to proficiency with genomic and transcriptomic next generation sequencing datasets
• Experience performing statistical analysis on large biological data sets using a language such as R.
• Experience with deploying and/or running software on high performance computational systems
• Experience writing software or building software pipelines
• Experience managing a github repository
SALARY: This is a full time regular exempt position pay grade 39, wages commensurate with training and experience.

  Research Professional 
Primary Location
  Entomology & Plant Path - Res 
Campus/Institute  Institute of Agriculture 
Job Posting
  Nov 30, 2016, 10:53:58 AM 

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