Bioinformatics Engineer I

Location US-MA-Boston
Job Posted Date 1 year ago(2/24/2017 9:39 AM)
Job ID
IT/Health IT/Informatics
full time


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

Responsible for a wide range of technical tasks involving the creation and use of software for the display and manipulation of biological data. Provides assistance to faculty and research staff in the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of biological data, with a focus on the analysis of data from genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, or microarray studies.


Duties and Responsibilities:

A computationally-oriented laboratory led by Rameen Beroukhim at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute seeks a bioinformatics engineer to join in efforts to develop and apply cutting-edge genomic technologies to determine optimal treatment strategies for patients with brain and other cancers.  This research associate will be involved in cross-disciplinary efforts to generate large datasets describing genetic mutations in thousands of tumors and to develop and apply sophisticated statistical and computational approaches to analyzing these data. The aim of these efforts will be to characterize mutations that cause various types of cancer and to determine how to treat patients with these cancers.


The ideal candidate will have extensive programming ability, strong analytical skills and solid background in mathematics and statistics with a deep interest and background in biology.  The ability to collaborate closely with other members of a research team is essential.


Characteristic Duties

  • Apply existing analytic algorithms to large genomic datasets for the discovery of genomic alterations in cancer
  • Work with researchers and computational biologists to develop and code new algorithms related to various aspects of cancer genomics research
  • Interact with users and other stakeholders to determine and prioritize requirements.


The following are essential for this position:

  • A minimum of a Bachelors Degree or equivalent
  • A strong background in programming, preferably in R, C/C++, MATLAB.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Self-starter with excellent problem-solving, organizational, and people skills.
  • A strong interest and background in biology is preferred.
  • Exposure to an analytic field such as bioinformatics, computational biology, machine learning, or statistics is preferred.
  • A minimum two-year commitment is required

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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