University of Utah Bioinformatics Data Analyst in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 10/04/2018

Requisition Number PRN18558B

Job Title Bioinformatics Data Analyst I

Working Title Bioinformatics Data Analyst

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40 hours

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F, 8-5pm.

VP Area President

Department 01272 - HCI Bioinformatics

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 47600 to 90400

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at University of Utah is seeking to hire a full-time Bioinformatics Data Analyst. This individual will report to Dr. Sean Tavtigian and join the Bioinformatics Shared Resource ( ) as part of a seven-member team of bioinformatic professionals to promote translational and clinical genomics at the Cancer Center. Primary responsibilities will include developing a program to identify patients that would benefit from germline testing, based either on results from somatic tumor testing or on personal and family cancer history; when available, reprocessing of patient derived sequencing datasets to identify potential pathogenic sequence variants, and working with various web and command line databases to enable translational research.

HCIis anNCIdesignated Comprehensive Cancer Center and part of the University of Utah.HCIhouses a High-Throughput Genomics, Biostatistics, Genetic Counseling, and Research Informatics core facilities as well as world-class research laboratories in a beautiful environment. Salt Lake City offers excellent access to the outdoors as well as interesting cultural experiences at a very reasonable cost of living.



1.Assist in developing a program to identify patients who would benefit from clinical germline testing.

2.Execute analysis workflows, upload results, and organize and document findings from processing patient derived somatic and germline genomic datasets (e.g. Exome, RNASeq, Methylation).

3.Assist in project management of the many facets of the translational research program, with an emphasis on providing an interface between somatic tumor testing and germline testing.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s of Science degree with a focus on Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computer Science or Molecular Biology or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Two years of experience in genomic data analysis required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Software development experience in object oriented programming using Java, Python, and or C++ and familiarity with molecular biology, genomics and some biostatistics helpful.

Master of Science degree or PhD in Bioinformatics, Computer Science and/or Life Sciences preferred.

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


1.MS or PhD with a focus on Bioinformatics, Genomics, Biostatistics, Computer Science or equivalency.

2.One or more years of experience in next generation genomic data analysis.

3.Strong understanding of cancer biology, molecular biology, and genomics.

4.Excellent oral and written communication skills.

5.Ability to work in aLINUXcommand line environment.

6.Software development skills using an object-oriented programming language such as Java or Python.

7.Independent problem solver with a keen attention to detail.

8.Team player who enjoys working in an open source academic community.

9.Strong understanding of cancer genomics and cancer biology.

10.Ability to learn and work with complex genomic analysis platforms (e.g. Illumina CA/CE, Seven Bridges, cBioPortal,ICGCData Portal).

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: .

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