Bioinformatics Engineer

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7103660
Posted: June 21, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description

We are looking for a motivated bioinformatics engineer to join the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School, to build platforms for genome analysis. Genome sequencing is becoming a routine approach for diagnosing genetic diseases. As the number of patients referred to genetic screening is increasing, there is a need to build effective solutions to manage their data for clinical applications and discovery research.

The Clinical Genomic Analysis Platform (CGAP) and the 4D Nucleome (4DN) Platform at Harvard Medical School are scalable web-based applications for analysis, annotation, visualization, and reporting of genomic data. The portals are developed by a multidisciplinary diverse team of clinical geneticists, bioinformatics scientists, and software engineers, and share the cloud-based back-end. The working environment combines the best features of a startup (fast pace, flexibility, flat hierarchies) with those of one of the leading medical schools (excellent benefits, outstanding opportunities for learning).

You are a bioinformatics engineer who wants:
to contribute to diagnoses of rare diseases and therapy selection for cancer patients to implement robust bioinformatics algorithms that scale to thousands of patients to build open-source data portal for genomics,
to gain practical experience with all the technologies the platform is based on,
to work in a small team of developers and scientists utilizing state of the art big data technologies and following best practices,
to take courses at the Harvard Extension school at very reasonable costs (optional), to enjoy other excellent benefits Harvard University has to offer,

The responsibilities include:
implementing new bioinformatics algorithms on top of cloud infrastructure optimizing existing bioinformatics algorithms
improving the cloud execution engine for bioinformatics
The successful candidate will gain hand-on experience with, and master the following technologies: Python
Cloud computing (eg. Amazon Web Service) Docker

Basic Qualifications

BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics or Computational Biology, or related technical field or equivalent practical experience. 3+ years of experience
Examples of past programming projects that used Python and version control systems (eg. Git)

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Ability to define and solve logical problems for highly technical applications
Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical colleagues.
Ability to work independently, manage own time and learn quickly.
Ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of programming methods.
Experience working with large amounts of data and building data pipelines.
Cloud computing architectures (preferably with Amazon Web Services).

Additional Information

This is a 12-month term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent on funding.

This Staff role may start as a remote position due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while restrictions are still in place. The current remote nature of this role is considered temporary and may change as the University continues to evaluate options. While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines, local on-campus work may be expected for some roles. Harvard Medical School does support flexible schedules, subject to individual departments’ business needs.

Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. 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:

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.