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Bioinformatics Programmer I - Automation Programmer


The HGSC was founded in 1996 under the leadership of Dr. Richard Gibbs and is a world leader in genomics. The fundamental interests of the HGSC are in advancing biology and genetics by improved genome technologies. As one of the three large-scale sequencing centers funded by the National Institutes of Health, the HGSC provides a unique opportunity to work on the cutting-edge of genomic science in a state of the art institution. Today, the HGSC employs ~ 200 staff, and it occupies more than 36,000 square feet on the 14th, 15th, and 16th floors of the Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Building. The HGSC is located on the southwest edge of downtown Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S., in the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical complex. The major activity of the HGSC is high-throughput DNA sequence generation and the accompanying analysis. The HGSC is also involved in developing the next generation of DNA sequencing and bioinformatics technologies that will allow greater scientific advances in the future.

This Bioinformatics Analyst I position will work under the direction of a senior analyst. The Analyst will develop and use automation to validate, format, and submit data and its associated metadata to various external destinations such as the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The Bioinformatics Analyst Iwill automate repetitive tasks. Additionally, the Analyst role encompasses an emphasis on learning and programming.

Job Duties
  • Works with internal and external stakeholders to identify data and metadata deliverables.
  • Uses semi-automated workflows to validate, format, and submit Next-Gen sequence and assembly data along with its associated metadata.
  • Designs, codes, tests, debugs, and maintains programs for processing metadata relating to genome sequences.
  • Maintains and improves systems (in bash and Python) for tracking genomic data and related metadata submissions to national archives.
  • Researches, assesses, imports, confi gures, and customizes third-party software in order to achieve teamgoals.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Biological Science, or a related field.
  • No experience required
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in a related field.
  • Experience with one or more scripting languages such as Python or Ruby.
  • Experience with git. Experience with running commands in Unix/Linux shells.
  • Experience with any other programming languages or informatics systems will be considered a plus.
  • Exposure to computational biology, genome informatics, or biological laboratory processes.
  • Familiarity with databases, either relational or non-relational.
Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.



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