Bioinformatician

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7104357

Posted: June 30, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description

Position open for a Senior Bioinformatician in the Department of Immunology at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Research laboratories in the Department, world leaders in their area, investigate the genes, molecules and cells used by the immune system to defend against microbes, tumors or autoimmune diseases. This research involves high-throughput genomics (gene expression, single-cell genomics, microbe metagenomics) and cutting-edge imaging. The Bioinformatician supports this research, ensuring that computational solutions exist to Department needs.

Main responsibilities include:
Scoping and deploying needed software tools;
Training department investigators in software use, both in formal classes or in one-on-one guidance during data analysis;
Working collaboratively with department investigators on specific projects for data analysis or visualization;
Development of data processing pipelines;
Organizing small seminar series or discussion groups;
Enhancing general computational know-how within the department.
The position is highly integrated in the Computational Biology ecosystem on the Longwood campus. The Bioinformatician serves as a liaison between the Department of Immunology and Research-IT at HMS, Bioinformatics Cores, the Center for Computational Biomedicine and other training programs, and IT structure at HMS, in particular for access to the high-performance computing and data storage facilities available at HMS.

Basic Qualifications

Master’s Degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, or related field.
3 years of experience with computational biology or biomedical software support in academia or industry.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Strong experience with R, Python, or MATLAB, or like bio statistical tool, and familiarity with Linux. Experience with and knowledge of either Genomics computation tools (NGS data processing, sequence analysis, single-cell profiling), AI/ML approaches (CNN), web visualization tools (HTML5, Javascript, R-Shiny), cloud applications, or database design (SQL) would be a plus.

Additional Information

This position is based in Boston and some in-person on-campus work will be required, and flexible/remote work is an option. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, and VT). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 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, incredibly affordable classes directly 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.


Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.


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