Bioinformatics Data Manager

Harvard University

Job Description

Harvard Medical School


Job-Specific Responsibilities
We offer an opportunity to support a cutting-edge laboratory that has so far been responsible for producing more than half of the world's ancient DNA data. The successful candidate will assume a computational biologist/data scientist position and will work closely with scientists in the lab studying DNA from human remains up to 20,000 years ago. 

Under limited supervision, this role is responsible for computational data analysis of the assigned project. Collaborates and consults with researchers and scientists to analyze problems, recommend technology-based solutions, and design computational strategies for a project. Contributes to the design, development, implementation, and testing of bio-computing tools. Ability to communicate analyzed data to analysts writing scientific papers 

An article on our laboratory ancient DNA work can be found here:

The John Templeton Foundation "Ancient DNA Atlas of Humanity" initiative that will support this work is described here:

This is an ideal opportunity for candidates with several different backgrounds: 

Recent graduates with college or masters degrees in bioinformatics or computer science more generally 
Experienced bioinformatician with a background in processing genomic data. 

Experienced data scientist who has broad experience working with data and databases We are looking for candidates intending to stay for an extended period (at least three years).

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, data science experience preferred
  • Fluency in a scripting language (e.g. Python or Perl)
  • Linux/Unix proficiency
  • Excellent written, documentation, and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task
Additional Qualifications
  • Some experience in biology or genomics 
  • SQL database experience
  • High-Performance Computing experience (SLURM)
  • Interest in anthropology, archaeology or history (need not be professional)
Additional Information
This is a one-year term position with strong potential for renewal.

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including: 

Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 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, $40 per class 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.

Job Function

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
RS0456 Bioinformaticist I



Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening

35 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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