Bioinformatics Specialist

## Position Overview
The Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (KINBRE) is a 10-campus collaborative network fostering a community of research and training in the state of Kansas. Key to the success of the KINBRE program is the genome analysis and bioinformatics support provided by service-oriented core facilities at the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and the KU Medical Center.
The KINBRE Bioinformatics Core at KU ( provides computational and statistical support to researchers throughout the State of Kansas interested in incorporating next-generation sequencing and other genomics technologies into their research. The Core has a strong, collaborative relationship with the KU Genome Sequencing Core (, and is integrated with the Macdonald lab in the Department of Molecular Biosciences (
The KU Bioinformatics Specialist would be actively engaged in helping KU researchers develop and analyze genomics projects. Previously work in the Core has analyzed RNAseq data from a range of species, developed pipelines for genotyping-by-sequencing analysis, and assembled and annotated draft genomes for both prokaryotic and eukaryotic species. The KU Bioinformatics Specialist would also be free to develop their own research program, mentored by, and collaborating with KU research faculty.
## Job Description
50% - 1. Service-oriented bioinformatics support
Provide support to KU researchers in the computational analysis of genome biology projects, including working closely with the KU Genome Sequencing Core to design experiments, and assisting in writing up the work for publication. The majority of the projects are likely to involve analysis of next-generation sequencing datasets (genome assembly, RNAseq, and so on).
35% - 2. Genomics research
The KU Bioinformatics Specialist will have considerable time outside of service-oriented activities to pursue other lines of genomics and systems biology research, working collaboratively with other genetics and genomics researchers at KU.
10% - 3. Software maintenance and administration
Ensure that any software used by the core is working, updated, and available to use by members of the campus community. Coordinate with the Advanced Computing Facility, who host the KU cluster used extensively by the Core, to ensure the Core's computing infrastructure is up-to-date.
5% - 4. Training
Help train junior researchers - for instance, graduate students - to use various analytical tools for genome analysis.
## Required Qualifications
Assistant Researcher Senior Level
1) Masters in biology (broadly defined) or computer science (broadly defined).
2) Solid understanding of Linux or Unix, and demonstrated experience programming in languages such as R, Perl, Python, C, C++, Java, and so on.
3) A record of published, peer-reviewed research in areas related to the analysis of biological data.
4) Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment.
Associate Researcher Level requires an additional 3 years of experience in the field/area of research.
## Preferred Qualifications
1) A PhD in biology or computer science.
2) Prior experience with the analysis of next-generation sequencing data.
3) Demonstrated ability to manage and organize multiple overlapping research projects.
4) Previous experience in a service-oriented bioinformatics role.
## Additional Candidate Instruction
A complete online application includes the following materials: A CV, a cover letter outlining relevant expertise and experience as it relates to the qualifications and job description, and contact information (phone/email/address) for three referees.
Review begins November 7. 2016 and remains open until filled.
## Contact Information to Applicants
Dr. Stuart Macdonald
## Disclaimer
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Auto req ID: 7353BR
Posting Title: Bioinformatics Specialist
Position Number: 00207802
Department: Higuchi Biosciences Center
No. of Positions: 1
Location/Division: Lawrence
FTE: 1
Reg/Temp: Regular
FLSA Status: Nonexempt
Employee Class: U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Advertised Salary Range: Minimum salary $50,000. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
Application Review Begins: 07-Nov-2016 acd0bf4be8bc42e2a7e927c4f69ac19d

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