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Bioinformatics Specialist

The DNA Learning Center, an educational unit of the world-renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, is a leader in developing simplified portals and workflows for genome analysis. We currently seek a talented person to work in our multi-disciplinary Educational Informatics and BioMedia Group. Job duties include building web applications to interface with host and client server applications and databases, adapting genomic analysis tools for education and computational biology, and expanding the DNALC's Internet presence. Some current and upcoming projects include: making a student-friendly web application for metagenomics analysis, developing education portals to the XSEDE supercomputing system, developing software stacks for virtual machines to support undergraduate research, and helping faculty acquire basic Linux/bioinformatics skills via the Software Carpentry project.

Candidates must be technically flexible and comfortable with rapid prototyping and frequent user interaction in a team that includes scientists, educators, and multimedia designers. Candidates must be quick learners and multi-taskers with excellent problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills.

Essential responsibilities include:

  • Conceiving, developing, and deploying web applications for use in biology and bioinformatics education
  • Coordinating and planning DNALC computational projects, including standard software development/management tools (git/svn, JIRA, etc.)

Additional responsibilities:

  • Maintaining DNALC websites, registration systems, and analytics
  • Teaching faculty and student workshops, including occasional travel
  • Supporting DNALC staff

Desired experience and skills:

  • Perl, Python programming
  • Molecular biology, genetic, and genomics knowledge or research.
  • *nix command line and shell scripting
  • SQL and MySQL/PostgreSQL RDMBS
  • Web frameworks/tools such as Catalyst, Dancer, Drupal, Flask, HTML-Mason
  • Bioinformatics tools related to RNA-Seq or other next-generation sequence analyses
  • Teaching bioinformatics to students and researchers/faculty
  • Javascript and CSS (Bootstrap/jQuery/PrototypeJS libraries)
  • HPCC and/or cloud computing experience (Amazon, OpenStack) a plus.

Bachelor's degree required in bioinformatics, computational biology or relevant field, plus a minimum 2 years of bioinformatics experience or a Master's degree in a relevant field. This is a full-time position; we offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

If interested, please apply via the CSHL website at:

Program Evaluator

The DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has an immediate full-time opening for a Program Evaluator to perform and coordinate evaluation studies for the DNA Learning Center, including program design, ethical review board approvals, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of results. In addition, the Program Evaluator will be responsible for administrative tasks and will contribute to grant proposal writing.

The Program Evaluator will:  develop and analyze mixed-methods studies of all DNALC programs, including faculty training and student field trips and summer camps; track and analyze use of DNALC websites and multimedia resources; liaise with internal staff and external collaborators and consultants on specific projects; disseminate results as appropriate (reports, conference abstracts, publications); and assist with grant support for new projects and programs.

Ideal candidates will have excellent project management skills; advanced evaluation knowledge and experience, preferably in an education setting; statistical analysis skills, experience in data analysis software preferred (SPSS, SAS, STATA); and knowledge of qualitative data collection and analysis methods, preferably with experience in data analysis software (NVivo). Occasional domestic travel is required.

Successful candidates will become members of a small, influential group recognized worldwide as a leader in creating and disseminating new methods of genetics education, genomics, and bioinformatics. This position demands a motivated, self-starter with excellent writing, computer, and communication skills – plus the ability to work closely with others.

Commitment Full time; we offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
Education Required Graduate Degree
Experience Required 1–3 Years
Position Number 00194-E

If interested, please apply via the CSHL website at:

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