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Bioinformatics Systems Support Specialist
SRA International
Health Research Programs - Bioinformatics Support Services
USA-GA-Atlanta

SRA is seeking a Bioinformatics Systems Support Specialist to join our teams in Atlanta supporting the CDC, National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD). This individual will support and assists multiple stakeholders in the development, implementation, and administration of computational systems and tools to meet the Division’s growing demands on Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies. In this role you will work with diverse team members, including linux and High Performance Computing (HPC) administrators as well as bioinformatics scientists, to ensure computational resources are configured and available to meet the Divisions needs and tools are developed and implemented to optimally leverage available resources. To be successful in this role, you should be able to interface between the bioinformatics scientists and Linux system administrators to ensure continuous support of NGS bioinformatics applications within multiple laboratories of DBD. The ideal candidate will be a skilled bioinformatics professional with a strong linux background who possesses a proactive and engaging attitude, strong communication skills, and the desire to work in a dynamic, high-priority environment.

You will be part of a team supporting bioinformatics and scientific computing for agency-level initiatives. Position is for full time employment with SRA and will be based in our Atlanta, GA office.

Key Responsibilities include:

Work in close collaboration with and support the Scientific Computing (SciComp) team to insure that HPC; scientific data management; and virtualization systems are configured; administered; and available to meet the needs of DBD NGS workflows
Work in close collaboration with and support the SciComp team to insure that scientific applications required for DBD NGS analysis, pipelines, and workflows are implemented and available to DBD members as required to meet program demands
Collaborate and liaise between the SciComp team, bioinformatics scientists and laboratory scientists to monitor and support DBD NGS instrumentation insuring its integration with all required SciComp resources and systems as needed to support DBD program needs
Monitor and maintain all required primary pipelines for DBD NGS instrumentation insuring seamless delivery of data streams from instrumentation to laboratory informaticians and scientists in compliance with SciComp practices and policies for compute and data management
Provide bioinformatics application support for commercial and open-source tools in use within the division
Work in close collaboration with and support the NCIRD Core Bioinformatics Support (NCBS) team to coordinate reusability of bioinformatics applications to provide support for multiple labs in DBD
Develop reusable bioinformatics analysis capabilities, tools, and pipelines both independently (as requested) and in conjunction with DBD program teams and members
Document and manage performance and usage metrics for laboratory instrumentation
Facilitate and enable the adoption of data management practices
Develop documentation as-needed
Keep laboratory instrumentation software up-to-date
Act as a central point of contact for all scientific instrument related IT issues
Assist with basic Linux system administration functions such as user password resets, network file share permissions, and high performance computing job management
Required:

Masters and 3+ years’ or Bachelors and 6+ years experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience); M.S. in Bioinformatics, Biostatistics or Computational Biology or other relevant discipline is preferred
3+ years hands-on experience performing bioinformatics analysis in collaboration with other scientists
2+ years experience in data analysis with multiple NGS technologies such as Illumina, PacBio, or IonTorrent
Demonstrated fluency in UNIX/Linux computing environments
Demonstrated programming and/or scripting experience in one of the following languages such as Perl, Python, and/or Java.

Competencies:
Excellent communication skills.

Preferences:
Experience working in High Performance Computing environments
Experience with basic Linux systems administration functions.
Experience with writing Linux shell scripts
Experience monitoring and managing distributed resource management systems such as Sun Grid Engine (SGE).
Experience in pipeline generation and/or computational methods implementation
Experience with javascript or Ruby.
Experience working with version control systems
Experience with standard/common tools for NGS data analysis including SAMtools, aligners (BWA, Bowtie2, etc), de novo assemblers (SPAdes, Velvet, SOAP de novo, CLC, Geneious, etc), and various BLAST methods
Experience with SQL and its application in databases such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, and/or Access

Job Information
Position Type: Bioinformatics Scientist
Reference (Job ID number): 4671
Start Date: ASAP
Duration: Full Time
Status: open

Contact Information
SRA International
Health Research Programs - Bioinformatics Support Services
Shannon Hensley
shannon_hensley@sra.com
www.sra.com/careers
How To Apply:Please apply directly online via www.sra.com/careers to job #4671