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Bioinformatics Data Scientist, UMGC and MT-INBRE

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The University of Montana (UM) invites applications for a Bioinformatics Data Scientist to support data science research and education activities of the UM Genomics Core (UMGC) and the Montana INBRE Data Science Core (DSC).

The primary responsibilities of the candidate will be to engage in collaborative research supporting the biological and biomedical research communities of the University of Montana and the Montana INBRE (MT-INBRE) network, which is a collaborative network of institutions invested in biomedical research in Montana. This is a full-time position that includes service, training, and independent research components. The successful candidate will collaborate with UMGC and MT-INBRE researchers on emerging bioinformatics and data science problems and work with UM Information Technology (IT) to facilitate use of local high-performance computing resources and cloud-computing environments. These activities will constitute the service component of the position. Training responsibilities will primarily consist of organizing and conducting formal training activities (short courses, workshops, targeted sessions) to promote training in bioinformatics and data science. Pursuit of independent research in bioinformatics and data science will be strongly encouraged provided the service and training goals of the position are met.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $85,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
Required Qualifications
  • A PhD degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, or a related field.
  • Experience conducting independent research supported by a record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Established expertise in computational biology, bioinformatics, or related field.
  • Established expertise working in a high-performance computing (HPC) environment.
  • Proficiency in one or more programming languages (Python, C++, Java, R, etc.).
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Prior experience in teaching bioinformatics, computational biology, or related topics.
  • Working experience with analysis of data generated from numerous genomics techniques (e.g., genome assembly, transcriptomics, proteomics, epigenomics, phylo- and population genomics).
Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced skills in one or more programming language (Python, C++, Java, R, etc.).
  • Experience with HPC cluster administration.
  • Experience with Cloud computing.
  • Experience with data science curriculum development.

About UM

The University of Montana is home to a diverse and highly interactive collection of scientists with expertise in biomedical sciences, genomics, evolution, ecology, and wildlife biology and a strong emphasis on the study of natural systems. Under the leadership of Director Jeffrey Good (, the UMGC and the DSC collaborate to support biological and biomedical research through the generation and analysis of diverse high-throughput sequencing applications, including whole genome sequencing, high-throughput targeted genotyping, viral surveillance, bulk and single-cell RNA sequencing, and related applications. Both facilities are part of recently constructed shared molecular and computational lab space (5,000 ft2) that includes five highly collaborative research groups dedicated to evolutionary genomics research. Candidates whose research interests and background complement and expand these existing strengths are especially encouraged to apply. UM is in Missoula, a charming city in the northern Rocky Mountains that offers an outstanding quality of life. The successful candidate will collaborate with the state-wide MT-INBRE research network composed of two R1 research intensive PhD-granting institutions, seven primarily undergraduate institutions, and seven tribal colleges supported by the National Institutes of Health ( ). The mission of MT-INBRE to enhance biomedical research capacity, expand and strengthen the research capabilities of biomedical faculty and provide access to biomedical resources for promising undergraduate and graduate students throughout eligible states. Come join our team of collaborative and supportive scientists in beautiful Missoula Montana!

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.
Testing Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.

E mployment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire.

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Sunday, June 16, 2024 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by June 17th will be guaranteed full consideration. This position is available immediately and the search will remain open until filled. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials. Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. Please do not apply through*. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Good ( ) with any questions.
  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position.
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience.
  • Combined statement of research/training experience and interests (2 pages or less).
  • Three (3) professional references - Names and contact information.
* Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.

** Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular


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