Genomics Data Wrangler/Curator

Harvard University

Job Description

Harvard Medical School


Job-Specific Responsibilities
We are looking for a motivated Data Curator to join the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School, for an exciting opportunity in steering how clinical genomics data will be organized, curated, and displayed in a new genomics analysis platform. 

Genome sequencing is becoming a routine approach for diagnosing genetic diseases, as well as discovering new disease mechanisms. As the number of patients referred to genetic screening is increasing, there is a clear need to build effective solutions to manage their data for clinical applications. The same data also provides opportunities for research and discovery. 

The Clinical Genomics Analysis Platform (CGAP) at Harvard Medical School is envisioned as scalable research and clinical web-based application for analysis, annotation, visualization, and reporting of genomic data. CGAP is developed by a multidisciplinary team of clinical geneticists, bioinformatics scientists and software engineers. The working environment combines the best features of a startup (fast pace, flexibility, flat hierarchies) with those of one of the leading medical schools (excellent benefits, outstanding opportunities for learning, great resources, brand recognition). 

The Genomics Data Wrangler will be a key member of the team responsible for managing the organization of the CGAP data. The individual will develop, implement, and maintain the CGAP data model, including the clinical information, variants, curation notes, user roles, and other related data. They will participate in the specification, design, and implementation of tools that integrate, search, and display the data, working closely with the bioinformatic scientists and software engineers. The successful candidate must be able to learn and work independently, yet collaborate effectively with co-workers.

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biology, Bioinformatics, or a related field, or a master's degree and 3 years' experience in data curation.
  • Technical expertise in genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics or related field.
  • Experience with basic computer programming/scripting languages.
  • Experience with high-throughput genomics data.
Additional Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of Python.
  • Research experience involving electronic medical records data, clinical phenotypes, ontologies, or genetic disorders
  • Experience in human genetics, cancer genomics, genomic variant calling or interpretation
  • Experience with REST APIs, relational databases, software development environments, and version control.
  • Project management skills including team management, issue management, and change management.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to understand scientific literature, experimental procedures, and their limitations, and current needs of the research community.
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
Information Technology

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code
383357 Database Administration


Biomedical Informatics

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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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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