• Bioinformatics Scientist- Pedi

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 3 months ago(3 months ago)
    Job ID
    IT/Health IT/Informatics
    full time
  • Overview

    We are seeking an intelligent, hard-working, and dynamic individual to serve as Principal Bioinformatics Scientist jointly appointed by the Pediatrics Department and the Informatics Department, to work in the Bioinformatics and Data Science group, a newly formed group serving some of the most prominent research and clinical programs at the Institute, from basic research to translational research, to clinical diagnostics and operations. The group encompasses expertise in data science, machine learning, bioinformatics and NLP, and seeks to develop a highly interdisciplinary environment supporting our research, clinical and operational staff advance the overall mission of DFCI which is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases.


    As a designated key contact for the Pediatrics department, he/she brings together the scientific questions faced by the TA with bioinformatics capabilities internally and externally to serve the basic and clinical research needs of the department, advancing disease understanding and patient care in Pediatrics. In this role, the Principal Bioinformatics Scientist interacts with department leadership to align with the department strategy, and coordinate with bioinformatics, data science and NLP teams, broader Informatics functions to ensure that the departmental needs are met.


    1. Develops the bioinformatics specific components of the Pediatrics strategy, works with department leadership to understand the gaps and needs in the area, and drives the strategic use of bioinformatics to advance priorities
    2. Ensures all strategic department projects have defined and prioritized bioinformatics activities, and provides matrix oversight of bioinformatics and data science resources to be assigned to strategic projects to ensure completion and quality of bioinformatics activities.
    3. Represents bioinformatics needs and priorities of the department to the Bionformatics and Data Science group and Informatics Leadership
    4. Coordinates and performs high quality bioinformatics analysis in areas of own expertise, presents and discusses results to project teams that address the gaps and impact team decisions, and contributes to other project teams where the expertise is appropriate and in need
    5. Communicates and solves problems effectively, has a track record in serving a variety of diverse customers and projects
    6. Is able to work independently, prioritize, and manage people if needed, within an environment with rapidly changing priorities.
    7. Deep bioinformatics skills, at the interface between bioinformatics programming and understanding of biological and clinical problems




    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: (include number of direct reports)

    Will supervise potentially several staff in a matrix organization, as needed for each project 


    MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS: (Education, certifications, years of experience)

    • M.D. desirable, Ph.D. required, with clear track record and experience in utilizing and interpreting rich datasets in a pediatric setting.
    • At least 6 or more years of relevant experience in biomedical research after completing a doctoral degree, with at least three years experience in pediatrics.
    • Experience in project requirement gathering, design, planning and execution, and defining appropriate experimental design
    • Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.



    1. Experience in Pediatrics data intensive projects (ideally at the interface between –OMICS and clinical data), and good understanding of bioinformatics and data science concepts and techniques.
    2. Proven track record of designing, leading, and managing complex computational research projects.
    3. Excellent communication and presentation skills.
    4. Familiarity with bioinformatics tools and methods and high-level expertise in at least some areas
    5. Proficiency using common frameworks and languages such as R and Python.
    6. Familiarity with Agile development methodologies
    7. Provides expert-level scientific and bioinformatics expertise within the area(s) of biology and human disease addressed by Pediatrics.
    8. Knowledge of current key datasets, therapeutic landscape and demographic/epidemiological considerations within Pediatrics.


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