University of Utah Programmer/Analyst Sr in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 10/04/2017

Requisition Number PRN15435B

Job Title Programmer/Analyst Sr

Working Title Programmer/Analyst Sr

Job Grade G

FLSA Code Computer Employee

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00246 - Human Genetics

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 60700 to 115300

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes

Job Summary

Responsible for performing professional Programmer/Analyst assignments, including conducting analysis, maintenance, design conversion and implementation of computer based information systems to meet specified design requirements and specifications.

TheUSTARCenter for Genetic Discovery ( at the University of Utah seeks a Sr. Programmer/Analyst to help investigate the genetic basis for human disease in large-scale genome sequencing projects. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, growing team of scientists and software developers working to integrate computational genomics into health care. Our team analyzes genome sequences from multiple large-scale genome sequencing projects across a broad range of inherited disorders, including lung and heart disease, familial cancers, inflammatory and immune conditions, metabolic disease, and neurological conditions. We also partner with life science and technology companies to develop novel software tools, diagnostics, and precision therapies based on our research.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with strong computational skills and experience with medical genetics/genomics research to help manage the research and analysis stage of multiple large-scale genome sequencing projects at our center.


Investigates standard system applications, prepares analysis of system specifications and program coding. Translates detailed design specifications into computer program instructions, debugs routine programs, conducts systems test data, prepares diagrams and over-all flow charts, prepares statements of programs objectives and associated documentation. Conducts programming tasks including data manipulation, input and output routines reflecting a variety of equipment configurations. Coordinates the interfaces between major systems and programs. Responsible for Web design, maintenance and updates. Prepares cost analysis and justification of data processing systems. Presents recommendations to management. Recommends system software modifications or changes to hardware configurations.Career level.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a related field or equivalent experience. 5-8 years of experience.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.



• PhD and previous research experience in molecular/medical genetics or related field (strongly preferred)

• Previous experience withNGSdata, scripting, statistics, and a basic understanding of the probability and statistics associated withNGSdata analysis

• Ability to work with large datasets in a variety of settings including the use of both web based and command line tools in a Linux environment

• Strong computational and computer programming skills such as Linux command-line power tools, Perl/Python scripting, R/ggplot2,HPCjob schedulers (SLURM,SGEetc)

• Prior experience with large-scale data management and project management

• Collaborative – able to work interactively on projects with a variety of researchers, software developers, and medical professionals to enable discovery of disease-causing genetic variants

• Articulate – able to discuss research design and results effectively with clinical, research and technical teams

The successful candidate will:

• Help develop and implement a research strategy for a wide variety of genomics projects in collaboration with faculty investigators.

• Analyze genomic data using command-line and web-based computational tools to discover the genetic basis for disease.

• Collaborate with clinicians, software developers, and analysts across multiple academic departments and initiatives to ensure efficient project completion and rigorous research outcomes.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.