Assistant/Associate Researcher (Bioinformatics Specialist)

University of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI, United States 🇺🇸

Working Title: Bioinformatics Specialist
Position Number 00933324
Division B25 School of Freshwater Sciences
Position Type Teaching Academic Staff
Appointment Type Fixed Renewable
FLSA Status Exempt
Percent 100
Posting Type Staff

Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)

The School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) at UWM is the only graduate school in the nation dedicated solely to the study of freshwater issues. Its interdisciplinary research and education programs link science with action, and are integrated across four major areas: freshwater system dynamics; human and ecosystem health; freshwater technology; and freshwater economics, policy, and management. It is the school’s goal to be recognized world-wide as the source of expert knowledge on water issues and a catalyst for great ideas that change how people think about and manage water resources.

The School of Freshwater Sciences is housed at UWM’s Harbor Campus at 600 E. Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Job Summary

Manage all aspects of multiple on-going, multi-disciplinary projects including the coordination of study design and implementation, sample collection, documentation, reporting, and communication. Teaching courses on bioinformatics for biologists. Opportunities for publishing scientific papers and participating in grant proposals for development of techniques and analysis related (Percentage of time spent on each facet of the position.)

a)Development of project-specific bioinformatics (computational and database) tools in conjunction with Faculty, Students, and Academic Staff. (10%)

b)Training and technical support for bioinformatics software including potentially teaching seminars or workshops. (10%)

c)Analysis of genomic and sequence data generated by customers in the Center. (60%)

d)Oversight of computational and informatics resources including software and hardware. Liaise with staff at the UWM computing cluster facility. (10%)

e)Preparation of manuscripts, reports, web-based public databases, and funding proposals. (10%)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of M.S. degree in bioinformatics, molecular biology or related field. 
  • Two years experience in analyzing genomic data including de novo assemblies, multiple sequence alignment (preferably with high-throughput sequencing data), management of large datasets, and experience with gene and protein prediction, neural network analysis, and RNA-Seq
  • Experience in programming with Perl, BioPerl or other programming related to sequence analysis, statistical packages (such as R or MATLAB).
  • Familiarity with UNIX environments and computing clusters.
  • Excellent knowledge of English language.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated evidence of teamwork collaboration.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in bioinformatics, molecular biology or related field.
  • Prior experience developing scientific software and informatics tools.
  • Experience with analysis of next-generation sequence data for large genomes as well as microbial community analysis

Application Instructions

This is a continuous recruitment, however, to guarantee a review applicants are encouraged to submit their materials no later than June 7, 2018. Applications received after June 8, 2018 may not receive consideration.

Applications MUST be submitted online and all applicants must submit a cover letter outlining qualifications and interests, along with a resume that includes names of three references that can speak to the applicant’s abilities, and contact information for all three references.

Application Deadline 06/07/2018
Continuous (Open Until Filled?) Yes
If Continuous, Initial Review Date 06/08/2018
Position Contact Name Nicole Oake
Contact Phone 414-382-1700
Contact Email [email protected]

Application Notes

For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

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