Bioinformatics Assistant Professor, Genetics, Genomics & Informatics, Memphis - 200000011Z
The Department of Genetics, Genomics & Informatics is searching for a Bioinformatics Assistant Professor in a full-time, non-tenure position to lead research on state-of-the-art pangenome algorithms. Are you skilled in computer science with an affinity for genetics and genomics? Then this may be the right position for you.
Our comparative genomics team develops data structures and algorithms to analyze large amounts of genomics data simultaneously to gain insight into genome organization, function and evolution. In many areas of the life sciences, there is a clear need for pangenomic data organization and analysis, but tooling is currently a limiting factor.
The goal will be to create improved genotyping in mouse and rat species and creating a pangenome usable for genome-wide association studies with translational application in human studies that will support or interface with the human pangenome project.
Duties for this position include research on state-of-the-art pangenome algorithms. Variation graph tooling and novel pangenome software will be used to replace existing reference genome based methods using C++, Rust and Python programming languages. Graph memory representations of DNA and RNA sequencing will be explored. The researcher will be part of a wider team of software developers active in genetics, genomics and pangenome software development and develop a research line in mammalian pangenome methods for sequencing. Exploration will be in phylogenetics, visualization, GWAS etc.
Candidates who have a strong track record in free software development and community engagement are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae with public git repository, and a summary of research interests and plans with application submission.
- A PhD degree in computer science, bioinformatics, or related field, with experience in algorithm development and software engineering for (pan)genomics.
- Strong programming skills in C++ and Python, fluency in Linux command-line use. Experience in Rust or other functional programming languages will be considered an advantage.
- Affinity with genomics.
- Strong communication skills, connecting technology to biology and developers to end users.
- Curiosity, a critical research attitude, and an interdisciplinary mindset.
Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.
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Primary Location US-Tennessee-Memphis
Organization Genetics, Genomics & Informatics
Job Posting Sep 14, 2020, 7:08:15 PM
Internal Number: 200000011Z
About UT Health Science Center
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