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Bioinformatics Scientist
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Date Posted April 29, 2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Code

RS0458 Bioinformaticist III

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Exciting opportunity to uncover the fundamental architecture of the mouse brain using cutting-edge techniques in a collaborative and enriching intellectual environment.
The Harvard FAS Informatics Group, in collaboration with the Dulac Lab in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University, seeks a bioinformatician for single cell analysis, including single-cell RNA-seq and single-cell ATAC-seq. This position will be 100% dedicated to ongoing, NIH-funded projects in the Dulac lab to catalog and understand the diversity and function of cell types in the mouse brain using cutting edge single-cell techniques. This is an exciting opportunity to be a key member of an interdisciplinary team that will revolutionize our understanding of the way brains function.
Based within the Informatics group at Harvard, the successful candidate will:

  • Work closely with Dulac lab graduate students, postdocs, and collaborators to derive novel biological insights from large scale single cell analysis projects

  • Lead bioinformatics efforts to analyze novel single-cell datasets and develop new methods to extract biological insights from complex data

  • Use statistical methods to uncover neural circuits underlying survival functions in the mouse brain

The successful candidate will be someone with a strong background in single cell analysis, bioinformatics, and statistics, but no background in neuroscience is required or expected. Candidates who are curious and willing to learn will have numerous opportunities to do so.
About FAS Informatics: The Informatics group lies at the intersection of scientific research and high performance computing, and works with a number of research groups across campus on a range of methods. We are a collaborative group of computational biologists and bioinformatics scientists who develop and apply cutting-edge approaches to a range of biological questions. We are committed to diversity and especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply.


Basic Qualifications


  • Masters degree or higher in bioinformatics, computer science, genomics, or a related field, with at least 5 years hands-on experience with bioinformatics methods

  • Expertise in programming languages commonly used in bioinformatics (such as Python or R)


Additional Qualifications


  • PhD in a relevant field is strongly preferred

  • Expertise in the analysis of RNA-seq data, prior experience with single-cell data strongly preferred

  • Fluency with Linux shell scripting and high performance computing


Additional Information


  • This is a five-year term position contingent upon continued grant funding and satisfactory performance.

  • When applying for this position, please submit your CV and cover letter in our preferred format as one combined document with CV followed by a cover letter.

  • We regret that Harvard University does not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

  • All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

  • We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to be part of our community.


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