Scientist I - UAB Informatics Institute
The Informatics Institute at UAB is seeking to fill two Scientist I positions with energetic and creative individuals trained in computer science, bioinformatics, or related disciplines. These positions were created to meet the growing needs for translational bioinformatics analysis and methods development to enable world-class translational and clinical biomedical research in areas such as cancer, immunology, neuroscience, psychiatric disorders, microbiology and rare genetic disorders. The positions will report to the Chief Bioinformatics Officer of the Informatics Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The UAB School of Medicine is a top-tier biomedical research and clinical care academic health sciences center, currently ranked 21st (>$500M USD) for NIH funding and one of the best medical schools in the South and Southeast regions of the US.
The successful candidate will work with faculty investigators in genomics and biomedical sciences to apply a broad range of bioinformatics tools, from cutting-edge approaches currently being developed, to various translational biomedical research problems involving genomics, transcriptomics, microbiome, single-cell analysis, systems biology and deep learning CNN/RNN predictive modeling of multi-dimensional data sets. Additionally, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the ongoing development of methodology, scholarly publication, grant writing and educational efforts at the UAB Informatics Institute. The UAB Informatics Institute was established in 2015 as one of the premier institutes in the nation to integrate clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, bioinformatics, data science and AI within the biomedical research setting. The Institute has more than 10 research faculty specializing in broad areas of biomedical informatics and supports both clinical and bio- related informatics programs from the undergraduate to doctorate levels. It is a hub for genomics and informatics research collaborations, infrastructure development and educational programs at UAB.
We are looking for candidates who are eager learners, skilled in bioinformatics and data science tools, team players and problem solvers. There will be plenty of career growth opportunity for the right individual, as he/she joins a vibrant, growing biomedical research and bioinformatics community at UAB and beyond.
Experience: A D.V.M., M.D. or Ph.D. degree in a related field and two (2) years of related experience OR M.D. and master's degree; OR master's degree and four (4) years of related experience; OR bachelor's degree and six (6) years of related experience required. Work experience may NOT substitute for education requirement.
At the minimum, the Scientist should be proficient in a technical computing platform (R/Bioconductor or Matlab), programming languages (Java or Python), Linux, database technologies (relational, SQL or NoSQL) and software best practices (e.g. Git). The candidate should be familiar with NGS processing pipelines and standard bioinformatics tools and methodologies. Involvement in past multidisciplinary scientific research projects is a plus. Detail-orientation and strong work ethic are essential. Prior research support experience related to biocomputing, genomics analysis or advanced analytics is highly desired.
About the University
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.
With an enrollment of more than 21,920 students in fall 2018, UAB provides a collaborative learning experience to prepare diverse students for rewarding careers and lives that benefit society and our regional and global economy. In addition, UAB offers exceptional graduate and professional programs that prepare students to lead, teach, conduct research, provide professional services, become the prominent scholars and societal leaders of the future, and contribute to our region's and our nation’s prosperity. UAB offers 154 degree programs in nine schools and one college — the Collat School of Business, School of Dentistry, School of Education, School of Engineering, School of Health Professions, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Optometry, School of Public Health and the College of Arts and Sciences — as well as the Honors College and the Graduate School.
UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest employer, with some 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. Ten UAB graduate programs were ranked in the top 25 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “America’s Best Graduate School” list, and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 programs of their kind in the magazine’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals report. Total research expenditures at UAB exceeded $538 million in 2016. UAB's NIH funding, based on 2016 figures, ranks eighth among public universities.
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.