Bioinformatics Specialist at The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

Posted in Other 6 days ago.

Job Description:


BSD DIV - Duchossois Family Institute: Bioinformatics

About the Department

The Duchossois Family Institute focuses on the role of commensal bacteria in enhancing disease resistance and is using genomic and metabolomic platforms to characterize the microbiome and its metabolites. Computational and bioinformatic expertise is required to understand how commensal bacteria impact human health. Bioinformaticians in the DFI perform genomic analyses including genome assembly and annotation and working with computation software programs to analyze microbial genome sequences and characterizing their metabolite utilization and secretion.

Job Summary

The job uses best practices and knowledge of data algorithms and use specialized computer software to identify and classify components of scientific biological systems.


  • Develop new and innovative Shiny apps in a scalable way to facilitate genomics data accessing and sharing.

  • Plans own resources to implement web-based bioinformatics tools.

  • Implements sequencing data analysis and taxonomy classification.

  • Performs data analysis of high throughput genomics and transcriptomics.

  • Designs and customizes data algorithms and specialized computer software to identify and classify components of a biological system (e.g. DNA and protein sequences).

  • Develops models, databases or software applications.

  • Support all phases of bioinformatics activities by devising or modifying procedures to solve complex problems.

  • Customize existing applications to meet specific scientific project needs.

  • Work in collaboration with faculty and researchers to complete projects in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Produce, present and discuss high quality data analysis reports.

  • Participate in the communication of results through scientific publications.

  • Develop programs to perform analyses and generate both routine and ad hoc reports.

  • Guides with researchers to analyze problems, recommend technology-based solutions, or determine computational strategies.

  • Designs and perform formal evaluation of informatics methods and products.

  • Manipulates publicly accessible, commercial, or proprietary genomic, proteomic, or post-genomic databases.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Master's degree in Bioinformatics, Biomedical Sciences, Public Health, or a related field.


  • Extensive knowledge of microbial metabolic pathways.

  • Expertise with programming languages R-script, Python, SQL, JavaScript, and metagenomic pipelines (dada2, prokka, kneaddata, spades, kraken2, metaphlan, bowtie2, blastn).

  • Experience working on Linux and/or Unix systems, bash scripting.

  • Expertise with Machine Learning and Shiny Fundamentals.

  • Experience with RNA-Seq analysis.

  • Participation in workshops focusing on the analysis of next-generation sequencing data.

Preferred Competencies

  • Must work closely with students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members.

  • Must pay great attention to detail and help investigators design studies that will provide useful and ultimately publishable data. In some circumstances, must have flexibility in order to provide analyses that are required for grant or presentation deadlines.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family


Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


COVID-19 Vaccination or Approved Medical or Religious Exemption Required


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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