Computational Scientist Proteomics / Metabolomics

Houston, Texas
May 18 2021
Health Sciences
Organization Type
The primary purpose of the Computational Scientist position is to apply bioinformatics algorithms and software tools for the analysis of high throughput omics biological and clinical data. This position is responsible for the development and application of high performance computational applications and pipelines to support the MD Anderson Proteomics and Metabolomics Platform research within the McCombs Institute.

**This will be a hybrid work schedule**


Computational Scientist

1. Supports informatics and data pipeline for Platform daily operations
* Troubleshoot existing data pipeline processes
* Maintain database and website for Platform
* Maintain IT software and hardware including Windows and Linux workstations and servers, network storage, and databases.

2. Performs data analyses:
* Performs data analysis tasks on a variety of projects that include analysis, integration, and interpretation of proteomics, metabolomics, immunoassay, and other experimental data.
* Analyzes data, evaluates results, and effectively presents them to collaborators
* Works closely with clinical scientists to understand data processing challenges and provide custom solutions for pathway analyses, metabolomics, genomic, and proteomic data to expedite biomarker and drug discovery projects.
* Develops, applies, and provides bioinformatics software and computational tools to researchers.

3. Leads improvement projects:
* Searches literature and investigates emerging data analysis tools and technologies; recommends, schedules, develops the budget, and performs software improvements and upgrades.
* Presents recommendations to the McCombs team.
* Develops and deploys prototype algorithms and parallel processing methods.
* Design and improve automation pipelines for current and new data processing
* Consistently develops and customizes software applications according to project-specific requirements.
* Acts as informatics team lead for outside vendors, collaborators, and internal project teams
* Supervises junior software developers.
* Other duties as assigned.


Caring: By our words and actions we demonstrate caring toward everyone.
  • We are sensitive to the concerns of our patients, their loved ones and our colleagues.
  • We are respectful and courteous to each other and practice cultural humility.
  • We promote and reward teamwork and inclusion.

Integrity: We work together with professionalism to merit the trust of our colleagues and those we serve in all that we do.
  • We hold ourselves, and each other, accountable for our work - decisions and data - and for practicing our values and ethics.
  • We advocate for diversity and equity for our workforce, for those we serve and for our community.
  • We communicate frequently, honestly, openly and responsibly.

Discovery: We embrace creativity and seek new knowledge from diverse perspectives.
  • We encourage continuous learning, seeking out information and new ideas.
  • We team with each other to identify and resolve problems.
  • We seek personal growth and enable others to do so.

Safety: We provide a safe environment - physically and psychologically - for our patients, for our colleagues and for our community.
  • We create a sense of security and empowerment and are committed to keeping one another free from harm.
  • We embrace a framework and best practices for the highest quality of care and service.
  • We inspire trust by modeling excellence in our work and acceptance of each person's contributions.

Stewardship: We protect and preserve our institutional reputation and the precious resources - people, time, financial and environmental - entrusted to us.
  • We prioritize the health and well-being of each other.
  • We act responsibly to safeguard the institution's finances.
  • We ensure the proper care and use of time, data, materials, equipment and property afforded to us.


Develop Oneself - Pursue learning and self-development; actively seek feedback; transfer learning into next steps; set high standards of performance; drive for results and achievement.

Oral Communication - Express ideas clearly and concisely in groups and one-to-one conversations; create an environment with open channels of communication.

Team with Others - Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; encourage collaboration and input from all team members; value the contributions of all team members; balance individual and team goals.

With Inclusion, you understand that your ideas and contributions are valued. You promote the same for others. You address your own biases while promoting diversity and equity. (Competencies: Cultural Humility, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Intelligence)

With Drive, you see that you can serve as a leader whether you have a formal leadership role or not. You tackle problems, move past setbacks and hardships, and don't lose sight of your goals. (Competencies: Self-Confidence, Analytical Thinking, Innovative Thinking, Technical Expertise)

You demonstrate Professionalism by setting the example for others and consistently modeling MD Anderson's values and service standards. You communicate effectively in a variety of ways. (Competencies: Inspire Trust, Oral Communication, Written Communication)

Through Emotional Intelligence, you maintain awareness of your own emotions and the emotions of those around you. Use nonverbal cues and feelings to engage others in an inclusive and responsive way. (Competencies: Active Listening, Teaming, Self-Reflection)

Having Coachability means you are engaged in relentless learning. You constantly ask questions and stay curious. You understand that the organization constantly evolves, and you should as well. (Competencies: Develop Oneself, Adaptability).

Required: Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics or related field.

Preferred: Master's degree or PhD with a concentration in Science, Engineering or related field.

Required: Five years experience in scientific software development/analysis. With preferred degree three years experience required.

Preferred: Research experience in proteomics / metabolomics.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

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