Vanderbilt University Bioinformatics Specialist in Nashville, Tennessee

Bioinformatics Specialist (Job Number: 1801822)


Position Summary :

The Bioinformatics Specialist is part of the Creative Data Solutions team in Stem Cell Biology at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for working in a variety of genomics projects and be responsible for the operation of workflows and pipelines related to high-throughput genomics, including but not limited to RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq and single cell RNA-Seq. This position reports to the Director of Creative Data Solutions (CDS), which is a fee-for-service facility that offers out-of-the- box and custom solutions to complex problems faced by life scientists.

About the Work Unit :

Creative Data Solutions (CDS), a Vanderbilt University Shared Resource, provides informatics and bioinformatics services to investigators in the fields of academic and clinical research, albeit with an emphasis on life sciences. CDS blends modern data science approaches with robust software and database engineering to provide practical solutions to problems and challenges faced by research investigators in a timely and cost-effective fashion.

Ke y Functions and Expected Performa nce :

  • Operates, co-develops and helps maintain workflows used in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and other bioinformatics pipelines.

  • Develops and tests new methods and the development of standard datasets.

  • Documents workflows, protocols and reports for reproducible science.

  • Assists with data and project management.

  • Assists with presentations and manuscripts.

  • Provides support to CDS clients.

Supe rvisory Re l at io ns h i p s :

This position does not have supervisory responsibility; the position reports administratively and functionally to the Director of Creative Data Solutions.

Education and Certification s :

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.

Experience and Skills :

  • At least two years of experience is necessary if education level is a Bachelor’s degree.

  • Hands-on experience running of NGS analysis pipelines is necessary.

  • Proficiency in Linux and basic command line skills is necessary.

  • Fluency in R/Bioconductor is necessary.

  • Proficiency in Python is necessary.

  • Experience using collaborative development tools such as Github, Confluence and JIRA isnecessary.

  • Familiar with databases and resources available for transcriptome analysis is necessary.

  • Comfortable using high performance computing clusters,specifically SLURM for job management is necessary.

  • Ability to work independently and to show initiative within a team is preferred.

  • Ability to communicate effectively within a multidisciplinary team is preferred.

  • Flexible and co-operative approach to colleagues is preferred.

  • Excellent attention to detail is preferred.

About VanderbiltBenefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

About VanderbiltUniversity

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

General Characteristics of a Successful Vanderbilt University Staff Member :

ACCOUNTABILITY : Ow n s decisions, outcomes, work products, etc. that are within the scope of one’s role.

  • Works through Issues – Recognizes that the work is about successful outcomes,if things aren’t going well, outcomes suffer; is willing to have crucial conversations if things aren’t going well; doesn’t just complain to management… does everything possible to remedy the situation directly first

  • Re liable – Does what they say they will do, when they say they will do it; shows up for work when expected; doesn’t push the burden of work volume or deadlines to others

  • Integrity – Holds oneself accountable; takes responsibility for failures as well as successes, recognizes that trust is required to hold a team together

  • Acceptance of Feedback – Takes constructive criticism with grace, and makes improvements without taking it personally or holding grudges; when wrong, owns it –freely admits mistakes

COLLABORATION : Works inclusively to build trust and accomplish tasks, goals, and initiatives. Understands, anticipates, and appropriately responds to internal and/or external customers’ needs.

  • Optimism – Is friendly, tirelessly cordial, polite, and genial; comes in to work with a good attitude and doesn’t bring their own personal “little black clouds” into the work environment

  • Teamwork – Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers, makes them feel valuable and important by acknowledging what they do well; doesn’t expect from others effort that one is unwilling to do themselves, finds ways to acknowledge other’s strong suits

  • Honest and Transparent – Doesn’t have hidden agendas, doesn’t play people against each other; is authentic and forthright

  • Helpful Nature – Offers to help lighten the load for others in times of need; volunteers rather than waiting to be asked; understands that almost no one works in a silo and needs the help of others to do their job well; recognizes that by helping others first, others will likely reciprocate

COMMUNICATION: Provides information clearly and accurately in various settings, ensuring understanding and participation. Understands how best to present information to different audiences and understands how information may be perceived

  • Shares – Shares information. Communicates proactively. Transmits knowledge; recognizes that “knowledge is power” is less effective than “sharing knowledge is power.” Asks for advice, and considers it thoughtfully

  • Is Nice – Asks caring, interested questions and is a good listener -- smilesand is grateful;sends appropriate notes of thanks to others who have helped; avoids gossip or saying negative things about co-workers; patient and generous; makes suggestions rather than stating hard and fast opinions. Avoids being negative, sarcastic, and cynical

  • Praises Publicly; Criticizes Privately – When dealing with a difficult co-workers or customers, “pretend your children are watching” how the situation is handled; good manners help keep a cool head; gives credit where credit is due

  • Re sponds Promptly – Recognizes that when emails and phone messages aren’t returned in a timely way, it sends the message that the other party is not important; responds even if just to acknowledge receipt and provide a timeframe by which the requester can expect a full response

DRIVE & GRIT : Is focused on professional excellence and strives to facilitate and support the same for colleagues in and outside their team, effectively manages through challenges and opportunities while seeking to understand and learn from professional experiences.

  • Perspective – Maintains a sense of humor and perspective; can laugh first and foremost at oneself

  • Ra ises the Bar – Expects and delivers excellence; is a creative problem solver; is proactive; welcomes input on making things better -- places a high value on learning and getting better

  • Re silience – Is resilient in the face of daunting challenges and setbacks; bounces back readily.

  • Adaptability – Reads cues and adapt accordingly; adjusts style and approach to accommodate the styles and needs of others; can anticipate and effectively de-escalate potential conflicts

ENGAGED : Appreciates the values and mission of the organization, works to contribute to the university, and understands how their work affects the university and university community.

  • Eager – Enthusiastic, wanting to learn, wanting to continue one’s personal and professional development and expertise

  • Hard-Working – Is industrious as well as efficient (busy isn’t the same as productive); can juggle multiple competing priorities simultaneously without becoming overwhelmed

  • Believes – Believes in the work being done and in the importance of theorganization’s mission

  • Creative Thinking – Goes beyond the boundaries of the job description, willingly takes on new challenges, and finds creative solutions rather than always awaiting direct instructions

JUDGMENT & PROFESSIONAL ACUMEN : Makes appropriate decisions and evaluates risk and uncertainty to create ideal outcomes, exhibits an eye for the macro and the micro, and works to ensure others are able to do the same.

  • Autonomous – Self-managing; self-motivated; manages time, activities and outcomes well so that progress stays on track; cleans up after themselves

  • Maturity -- Exhibits professional maturity; doesn’t pass the buck to dodge accountability; doesn’t engage in petty office politics or inappropriate social conduct

  • Detail-Oriented – Even small mistakes can create big issues; attention to detail work indicates care about the outcomes

  • Assumes the Best – Assumes that others are working as hard as you are on things that are as important as what you are working on; just because you don’t know what someone does, it doesn’t mean they’re not doing anything

Job requires Doctorate and 2 years of experience or the equivalent.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 18260 - Stem Cell Biology

Job: Research, Extension, and Other Education Professionals

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