The Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at Harvard Medical School is looking for a Bioinformatics Specialist to join the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN), a multi-year NIH-funded research project. The UDN consists of a Coordinating Center at Harvard Medical School, twelve clinical sites (Baylor College of Medicine, Duke Medical Center/Columbia University Medical Center, Harvard Affiliate Hospitals, the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program, Stanford Medical Center, University of California - Los Angeles, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Washington University in St. Louis, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Miami, and University of Utah), a sequencing core (Baylor College of Medicine), two model organisms screening centers (Baylor College of Medicine/University of Oregon and Washington University in St. Louis), a metabolomics core (Mayo Clinic), and a biorepository (Vanderbilt University Medical Center). Together these sites aim to: (1) provide answers for patients with undiagnosed diseases from around the world; (2) generate new knowledge about disease mechanisms; and (3) assess the application of new approaches to phenotyping and the use of genomic technologies. This role is a unique opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team of data scientists, medical doctors, genetic counselors, project managers, and software developers on cutting-edge research to improve human health. The Bioinformatics Specialist will be integral in organizing and validating diverse data from genomic and transcriptomic and applying bioinformatics pipelines as needed. Multi- omic approaches are being employed to diagnose rare diseases and discover new disease mechanisms in the UDN. As the amount of data increases, there is a need to build data management solutions for clinical and research applications. The Bioinformatics Specialist will be responsible for management, organization, and access of UDN data. In partnership with UDN investigators, they will participate in the design and implementation of tools that integrate, search, and display the data. The successful candidate must be able to learn and work independently and collaborate effectively with co-workers. This is an exciting opportunity to steer how multi-omic data will be organized, validated, managed, and accessed to improve clinical diagnostics and research.
This is a term appointment with the end date of 06/30/2022, with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree in Bioinformatics or related field and at least 3 years of post-graduate education and/or relevant work experience
Technical expertise in genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics or related field
Experience with basic computer programming/scripting languages
Experience with high-throughput genomics data
Working knowledge of Python
Experience operating independently with attention to detail a must
Ability to consistently meet all deadlines for deliverables or activities
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 51491BR
About Harvard University Medical School
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.