Bioinformatician II

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Updated: October 1, 2019
Job ID: 215085
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Bioinformatician II to support the Surgery and Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i) located on Rockledge Drive in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to Surgery and SC2i. This position has funding for 2 years with the possibility to extend into another award or grant. US Citizenship is required for this position.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for bioinformatics, methodological, and statistical aspects of basic to translational research projects and/or clinical studies, with general direction from the Bioinformatics Manager. The Bioinformatician will collaborate with research and clinical investigators to determine data management, bioinformatics, and study design in regard to statistical and biological issues, contributes to protocol development, writes bioinformatics analysis plans, performs bioinformatics analysis and writes and presents reports summarizing findings including publications in peer-reviewed journals. The Bioinformatician will develop solutions to large-scale problems as well as customized algorithms and mathematical models to problems in Genomics, Genetics, Metagenomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics, and NGS.


  1. Responsible for assuring that data for bioinformatics analyses and output are complete and accurate, ensuring conclusions are valid.
  2. Works with project teams to decide on appropriate study design and bioinformatics methodologies.
  3. Interact with data management personnel as necessary to ensure that datasets are in usable format; perform statistical diagnostics prior to database locking.
  4. Responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of statistical input into reports or decisions.
  5. Provides bioinformatics support via bioinformatics consultation throughout the course of studies and prepares bioinformatics reports for presentations and publications.
  6. Performs bioinformatics analyses, writes and validates reproducible bioinformatics applications and programs.
  7. Provides accurate and timely guidance/answers to routine questions from colleagues and clients. Provides relevant bioinformatics and project status updates to research staff through successful execution of projects. Recommends and implements changes as needed.
  8. Attends project team meetings as necessary.
  9. Performs analysis, algorithm development, and modeling of imaging results, gene expression, next-generation genomic and proteomic data acquired from basic, translational and clinical research.
  10. Assists in the development of the bioinformatics methods sections for IACUC protocols, grants applications and manuscripts.
  11. Effectively mentors non-bioinformatics peers with regard to basic bioinformatics/analytic methodologies and training.
  12. Works collaboratively with peers to develop quality project protocols, data analysis summaries, research summary reports, presentations, annual reports, scientific research related materials and manuscript publications.
  13. Informs supervisor or manager on important issues in a timely manner.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor and departmental leadership.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Solid skills and experience in applying bioinformatics/biostatistical concepts and knowledge is required.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment is required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively; ability to make effective presentations; excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Competent in experimental design, descriptive and inferential statistics. Knowledge of medical science, laboratory procedures, and research preferred.
  • Strong computer skills and hands-on experience in analyzing and modeling of microarray data, next-generation sequencing and biomarker assay data, and other clinical data.
  • Experience with statistical software applications and scientific programming (SAS, SPSS, R, Shiny, PERL, Python, matlab,etc) in statistical analysis, data science, and bioinformatics applications.
  • A strong interest in bioinformatics, systems biology, applied mathematics, machine learning, modeling data, and development of decision support tools.
  • Team oriented with ability to work independently.
  • Strong time management skills; can prioritize multiple assignments and ability to meet deadlines of projects.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor's required. PhD or Master's degree in Data Science, Bioinformatics/statistics, Computational Biology or related field preferred or other major extensive bioinformatics experience.

Minimum Experience:  4 - 6 years of directly related research experience or 0-2 years of experience with a Master's degree.

Physical Capabilities: Requires long periods of sitting and standing.

Work Environment: Office and Laboratory environment.

Background: U.S. Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold a Secret Security Clearance.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.