Bioinformatics Analyst

Michigan, United States
29 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Bioinformatics Core, as one of the Biomedical Research Core Facilities in the medical school, is a centralized resource that performs data analysis on a fee-for-service basis across diverse areas of biomedical science, serving the analysis needs of both UM researchers and researchers externally. A main focus of the Core is on analysis of NGS data (e.g. Exome-seq, RNA-seq, etc.), though a full range of related analyses (e.g. enrichment testing, network/pathways analysis, microarray data analysis) as well as custom bioinformatics analyses are also performed.


The Bioinformatics Analyst will provide professional analysis services to recharge customers and also embed with individual research labs for more intensive collaborations. Bioinformatics is a highly dynamic field and the work will involve a) operation of well-developed and automated tools, b) testing, improvement, and implementation of tools, and c) custom analyses that require novel algorithm/tool development and integration.

In addition, the Analyst will:

  • Discuss, advise, and explain experimental/analytical design and analysis results with core customers.
  • Work closely with the UM DNA Sequencing Core to assess new technologies and their potential impacts on data analysis routines.
  • Identify potential anomalies in inputs and/or results and work to resolve any quality issues.
  • Work with the Core project manager to create and estimate project plans. Prepare presentations, reports, and publications to communicate approaches and results to researchers and peers. Document code and analysis methods.
  • Operate independently when appropriate and collaborate effectively with researchers and Core team.
  • Continually update knowledge and skills in the field to remain at the forefront of bioinformatics research.

Required Qualifications*

Associate- Bachelor’s degree with less than 3 years of experience. Master’s preferred.

Intermediate- Masters of Science degree with at least 3 years of experience 

  • Experience in an appropriate field, emphasizing both computational skills and biological expertise.
  • Experience analyzing high throughput data. 
  • Familiarity with a range of publicly available bioinformatics resources, file formats, and tools. 
  • Proficiency with Linux as well as one or more scripting programming languages. 

Desired Qualifications*

  • PhD or equivalent experience in an appropriate field. 
  • Experience with a subset of cancer biology, metagenomics/microbiome data, or single cell analysis. 
  • Experience building reproducible scientific workflows. 
  • Laboratory research experience in a life science domain. 
  • Customer service experience.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.