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The mission of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) is to improve the health of food and fiber producing animals, companion animals, sport and recreational animals, exotic animals, and wildlife. These activities protect and improve public health, promote environmental stewardship, and foster economic growth.
The focus of the Bioinformatics Analyst is to analyze pathogen DNA and RNA sequences from clinical and environmental samples to support veterinary clinical testing applications. Though based in the Molecular Diagnostic laboratory, which is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, including high-throughput automated extraction and liquid handling systems and a variety of platforms for PCR and next-generation sequencing, the Analyst will provide support at an organizational level.
The Bioinformatics Analyst acts under the direction of faculty members. They thrive in an outcome-driven environment with clear deadlines, enjoy working on routine and detailed tasks, seek opportunities to develop new assays, and is able to identify and troubleshoot problems using standard operating procedures. They are extremely reliable, flexible in dealing with unpredictable workloads, and work well under pressure in a team-based environment.
Ongoing verification of primer and probe sequences used in routine PCR testing
Perform computationally intensive analyses of DNA and RNA data
Create and maintain databases using various platforms, including Microsoft Access
Develop analysis pipelines for next-generation sequencing (NGS) data; application of pipelines to clinical and environmental samples
Automation, generation, and distribution of complex data analysis reports for internal and external client consumption
Assist with ongoing projects throughout the organization; support infectious disease efforts of units such as Bacteriology and Virology
Contribute to scientific publications; provide data, and perform literature reviews
Represent the AHDC at meetings and conferences
Perform other duties as assigned
Employees of the AHDC must adhere to the Quality Assurance system, confidentiality statement, standard operating procedures, and organizational policies.
Employees are expected to meet all of the Cornell University Staff Skills for Success, which are essential for individual and organizational success.
Employees may be required to work outside of normal business hours, including occasional holidays, evenings, and weekends.
This is a three year term position; reappointment will be contingent upon funding and performance.
Bachelor's degree in computational biology, microbial genetics, bioinformatics, computer science, or a related field
Two to three years of programming experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Proficiency with various programming languages (Python, R, bash, Perl, Ruby, Java, C++, etc.), with the ability to learn new languages quickly
Proficiency using various operating systems, such as Linux, Windows, and CentOS
Experience with NGS data/software, DNA copy number analysis, and/or genomic analyses
Basic understanding of genomics and biostatistics
Ability to clearly communicate complex data professionally to varying audiences
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to identify and troubleshoot problems.
Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines; successful management of simultaneous development projects
Ability to handle sensitive, confidential information with tact and discretion
Strong attention to detail
Works well both individually and within a team environment
Ability to push, pull, lift, or carry up to 10 pounds
Master's degree in computer science, mathematics, bioinformatics, genetics, or a related field
Knowledge of viral and bacterial pathogen evolution
Experience analyzing viral and bacterial related data
Familiarity with mammalian genomics and functional genomics
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