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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-27187
School Name Perelman School of Medicine
Org BI-Institute for Biomedical Informatics
Posted to the Web 10/23/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 028
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.


We are seeking a skilled Programmer to join our growing Bioinformatics core. Job duties will include, but are not limited to:
* Develop, implement and maintain high-quality pipelines for the processing of large quantities of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data.
* Analyze (large scale) biomedical data using artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), visual analytics (VA) and statistical methods and applications.Prepare results in tabular, written summary, & graphical summary form suitable for publication and peer review.
* Implement and manage biomedical data with databases, query interfaces and web applications. Retrieve biomedical NGS data from public resources and organize the data for easy analysis and sharing.
* Provide bioinformatics support to faculty and their staff. Requires performing complex computational analysis, exploration of parameter settings, comparison of results across different methods, and the summary and visualization of data and results for presentation to faculty and their staff.
* Independently designs, implements, tests, deploys, documents, and maintains analytical applications, analysis pipelines, and results reporting methodologies. This duty includes computer programming necessary to make modifications to existing algorithms and software or to write scripts to implement software in a server or high-performance computing environment.


The minimum of a Master’s degree and three years of data analysis experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Data Science, Informatics or equivalent, are required. Experience with biomedical research required. Competent in Python/Perl and R programming language required. Experience with Next Generation Sequencing data analysis required. Experience with artificial intelligence or machine learning a plus. Experience with data science a plus. Experience with information visualization, scientific visualization, or visual analytics a plus. Ability to work independently and apply critical thinking and sound judgment. Excellent organizational and time management skills. Ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team. Ability to communicate effectively with team members.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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