Bioinformatics Specialist

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 19 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff Scientist

Bioinformatics Specialist

The School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) at UWM is the only graduate school in the nation dedicated solely to the study of freshwater issues. Its interdisciplinary research and education programs link science with action, and are integrated across four major areas: freshwater system dynamics; human and ecosystem health; freshwater technology; and freshwater economics, policy, and management. It is the school’s goal to be recognized world-wide as the source of expert knowledge on water issues and a catalyst for great ideas that change how people think about and manage water resources.

The School of Freshwater Sciences is housed at UWM’s Harbor Campus at 600 E. Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Manage all aspects of multiple on-going, multi-disciplinary projects including the coordination of study design and implementation, sample collection, documentation, reporting, and communication. Teaching courses on bioinformatics for biologists. Opportunities for publishing scientific papers and participating in grant proposals for development of techniques and analysis related (Percentage of time spent on each facet of the position.)

a) Development of project-specific bioinformatics (computational and database) tools in conjunction with Faculty, Students, and Academic Staff. (30%)

b) Training and technical support for bioinformatics software including potentially teaching seminars or workshops. (10%)

c) Analysis of genomic and sequence data generated by customers in the Center. (20%)

d) Oversight of computational and informatics resources including software and hardware. Liaise with staff at the UWM computing cluster facility. (25%)
e) Preparation of manuscripts, reports, web-based public databases, and funding proposals. (15%)


  • M.S. degree in bioinformatics, molecular biology or related field granted by date of hire. 
  • A minimum of two years of experience in analyzing genomic data including de novo transcriptome and genome assemblies, management of large datasets, and experience with gene and protein prediction, neural network analysis, and RNA-Seq, microbial 16S and metagenomics analyses
  • Mastery of BASH, Proficiency in programming with Perl, competency in R, Python, SQL, C++
  • Familiarity with UNIX environments and computing clusters.
  • Demonstration of experience in writing reports or papers in English.
  • Evidence of excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated evidence of teamwork collaboration.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in bioinformatics, molecular biology or related field granted by date of hire.
  • Prior experience developing scientific software and informatics tools.

Applications Instructions

Applications MUST be submitted online and all applicants must submit a cover letter outlining qualifications and interests, along with a resume that includes names of three references that can speak to the applicant’s abilities, and contact information for all three references.