Bioinformatics Programmer Analyst Sr.

Bioinformatics Programmer Analyst Sr.

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

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Posted Job Title
Bioinformatics Programmer Analyst Sr.

Job Profile Title
Application Developer Senior

Job Description Summary
An experienced bioinformatician to join a team of 40+ developers whose role will include interfacing with scientists to acquire and become familiar with key genomic-scale datasets and building tools to load these data and associated metadata into relational databases. The candidate will work collaboratively with other VEuPathDB developers across multiple operational teams to translate requirements generated by our scientific and clinical user communities into effective data representations and web interfaces (including applications), using appropriate statistical and algorithmic approaches.

Job Description

The Eukaryotic Pathogen, Vector and Host Informatics Resource ( ) is a large, multi-institution project that develops scientific data-mining websites used by researchers worldwide to study selected vector, microbial pathogen such as those responsible for malaria and enteric disease and fungi. VEuPathDB models and presents genomic, post-genomic, systems biological and clinical epidemiology studies in intuitive, data-mining interfaces.


We seek a biologist or statistician with experience in bioinformatics & computer programming -- or a computer scientist with experience in bioinformatics -- to join an established team of 40+ developers and biologists to develop and maintain , a set of highly-visible websites that integrate diverse genomic datasets relevant to global infectious disease biology. VEuPathDB supports research by tens of thousands of researchers worldwide working on eukaryotic pathogens (protozoan parasites, pathogenic fungi) or invertebrate vectors of infectious disease. The successful candidate will interface with scientists to acquire and familiarize themselves with key genomic-scale datasets, build tools to load these data into a relational database, and integrate data into VEuPathDB websites. This candidate will also work collaboratively with biologists and software developers to translate requirements generated by our scientific user communities into effective data representations and web interfaces / applications, using appropriate statistical and algorithmic approaches. The candidate should have experience working collaboratively (e.g. using git) within a Linux environment, and is expected to be proficient in a scripting language (e.g. Perl, Python). Candidates with experience in SQL, R, Nextflow, Groovy, Docker, or web development are strongly preferred. Participation in the preparation of technical documentation and attendance at relevant professional meetings is encouraged. Note that this candidate will join a long-standing project that is spread across multiple performance sites. The successful candidate will be based either at the University of Georgia or the University of Pennsylvania.


BS in computer science, bioinformatics, biostatistics, biology or related field and 3-5 yr relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Masters or PhD highly preferred. An active interest in and experience with bioinformatics and biostatistics applications is required, and experience in genomics is a strong plus. Working knowledge of and experience with UNIX, R and a scripting language such as Perl or Python are all highly desirable. An active interest in web programming (JSP, CSS, Javascript/Typescript and React or similar framework) is desirable, and experience is a strong plus.

Expected salary range for this position: $60,000 to $105,000.

*For consideration, please submit a brief cover letter as well as a resume in the CV section of your application. You can upload multiple documents to the "Resume/CV" section.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $132,906.66

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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