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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Bioinformatician I in Boston, Massachusetts

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Bioinformatician I

Department Description:Research-Endo Research

Job Location:Boston, MA

Req ID:34800BR

Job Summary:Carries out selected data management and bioinformatics analysis activities for a variety of projects in support of the Department and/or Division.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Implements bioinformatic pipelines for the analysis of high throughput data, including RNA-Seq, exome, and whole genome sequencing data

  • Assists in the design, development, and maintenance of databases, repositories, and resources. Designs, implements, and performs data management and quality control procedures as necessary for routine and special projects.

  • Designs and implements novel methods for data analysis and integration

  • Writes scripts and programs for data processing and data acquisition from online repositories.

  • Keeps analysis logs, creates explanatory files (e.g. README files), and follows best practice for the repeatability of analyses

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics or related required.

  • 1-3 years related work experience required.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze next generation sequencing datasets including RNA-Seq, Exome/Whole Genome Sequencing. Must be able to apply existing algorithms in the analysis of such data, if necessary derive novel programs.

  • Experience in R/Bioconductor

  • Experience in bash scripting and working in a Linux/ HPC environment

  • Advanced skills with Microsoft applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access and other web-based applications. May produce complex documents, perform analysis and maintain databases.


  • Decision Making:Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.

  • Problem Solving:Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.

  • Independence of Action:Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.

  • Written Communications:Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications:Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.

  • Team Work:Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.

  • Customer Service:Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally