Programmer/Analyst in Big Data Processing and Interpretation

Research Foundation For SUNY
Albany, New York
May 11 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Programmer/Analyst in Big Data Processing and Interpretation

Software Developer R18-30

About RF for SUNY at the University at Albany:

Employment is with The Research Foundation for the State University of New York, a private, nonprofit, educational corporation that provides essential sponsored program administration and innovation support services to SUNY faculty and students whose ideas and research generate ground-breaking discovery and translate to entrepreneurial and economic development opportunities for New York State.

Working at the SUNY Research Foundation for the University at Albany, you will be part of a team that provides essential services to the University as it moves to the front ranks of American higher education, supporting the advancement of education, research and discovery. The University at Albany, a nationally recognized research university with outstanding faculty, researchers and staff, offers challenging, exciting and rewarding careers to those who seek opportunities to grow and excel.

About University at Albany:

Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in eight schools and colleges across three campuses. In 2010, the RNA Institute was created to become the center of excellence for research in RNA chemistry, biology, and related diseases. In 2017, the RNA Epitranscriptomics and Proteomics Resource (REPR) was created to foster the development of enabling technologies for epitranscriptomics research and for the dissemination of RNA analysis know-how.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City, Montreal, and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:

Description of Duties:

The incumbent will lead the creation of new informatics tools for the processing, interpretation, and annotation of epitranscriptomics data. This project is part of a broad effort aimed at the development of enabling technologies for the analysis of RNA modifications by mass spectrometry (MS), which include new tools for de novo interpretation of sequencing data, sequence alignment, interrogation of transcriptomics/genomics databases, and comprehensive annotation of incidence and distribution of RNA modifications. The project will be carried out at the University at Albany under Dr. D. Fabris' supervision. The incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Work with experimentalists to define the requirements for the prospected software tool(s).
  • Survey the merits and features of existing tools.
  • Guide the selection of proper architecture, user interface, and type of output.
  • Write and troubleshoot code; help recruit and manage a team of coders.
  • Test functionality; enlist beta-testers and users; if necessary implement changes.
  • Write documentation and user manual; write publications; participate in dissemination.

The incumbent will be expected to use initiative in the planning and execution of the different tasks; to establish/maintain productivity necessary to cultivate a presence in the field; to develop a good understanding of how to best prioritize the various tasks according to the situation on the ground; to maintain the maximum possible flexibility to facilitate the solution of unforeseen problems. The incumbent will report directly to Dr. Fabris, the laboratory's principal investigator.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree plus 2 years-experience, OR a MS degree plus 1 year-experience, OR a Ph.D from a college or university accredited by a USDOE, or an internationally recognized accrediting organization in pertinent disciplines, such as computer sciences, engineering, or life sciences with extensive experience in software development.
  • Coding/scripting abilities are a must.
  • Applicants must address in their application their ability to work with a culturally diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in mass spectrometric analysis and related tools is not necessary.
  • Direct experience with the interpretation of data generated by next generation sequencing analysis (NGS) is recommended.

Additional Information:

Salary Range: $50,000-$75,000 DOE

Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three year period. Please refer to the following website for the complete Annual Security Report ("Clery Report"):

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.

The Research Foundation for The State University of New York offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. The University at Albany offers a variety of performing arts, world class libraries, and competitive sporting events.

Application Instructions:

Persons interested in the above position should submit a resume, three work-related references, along with a letter of application to

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


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