Bioinformatics Engineer
Center for Translational and Basic Research, Hunter College, CUNY
Job Location
Belfer Research Building
413 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021
Job Description
The Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR), a scientific research center
located on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan is seeking a highly motivated full-time
Bioinformatics Engineer with diverse skill sets. Applications involve setting up and
maintaining next-generation sequencing data pipelines, provide bioinformatics analysis
services to faculty across departments, and participate in various research projects
involving large-scale genomic datasets. The position also provides the opportunity to
work on cutting-edge bioinformatics and cloud computing software development
projects, and use of a private high-performance cluster as part of the research performed
in the Bioinformatics Core.
Other Duties: Process, quantify and assess quality of biological samples and prepare the
samples for sequencing. Retrieve and organize results following sequencing experiment
completion, and perform data analysis using bioinformatics data analysis workflows
currently available in the lab, in addition to developing new data workflows. As part of
the duties for the position, the candidate will prepare posters and manuscripts for
scientific conferences or peer-reviewed journals, in addition to mentoring more junior
members of the lab on the use of sequencing and bioinformatics technologies.
Work closely with the other Bioinformatics Core members in maintaining the genomic
data analysis resources, including keeping the software, databases, genome indexes and
operating systems up to date. Help in preparing posters and presentations for scientific
• Applicants with background in molecular biology, genetics or similar field, strong
laboratory experience and bioinformatics expertise are encouraged to apply.
• Masters or Bachelors with at least 2 years’ experience, in Bioinformatics, Computer
Science, Computational Biology or related field.
• Strong computer skills on the analysis of genomic data using bioinformatics, in
addition to working knowledge of sequencing technologies is required. The applicant
must have clearly demonstrated skill for scientific research in the field through
scientific publications, conference presentations and similar scholarly achievements.
• Programming experience with two scripting languages, either Python, Perl
or Ruby, and standard algorithms – data structures.
• Familiarity with relational database systems and writing SQL queries for data
management/storage retrieval.
• Knowledge of next-generation sequencing technologies (primary Illumina, but also
IonTorrent, Sanger, 454) data analysis protocols, software and data formats (read
quality checks, read mapping and assembly, RNA seq, re-sequencing and SNP
• Parsing of next-gen datasets using programming libraries (BioPerl, BioPython).
Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with the Galaxy Project platform for Bioinformatics Analysis
• Cloud Computing, including AWS
• Cloud API programming through scripting languages
• Proficient with the UNIX command line
• Familiar with Ubuntu and Centos Distros
How to Apply
Applicants should submit materials via the following website:
We encourage minority applicants who also align with the values, mission, vision and
goals of our funding agency, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
The CTBR is ‘An AA/EO/ADA Employer’ (Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/
Americans with Disabilities Act)