Bioinformatics Analyst Position

School: Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Department/Area: Biostatistics

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a bioinformatician or computational biologist to work with data from a wide variety of experimental platforms, with a focus on high-throughput sequencing technologies. This role provides a unique opportunity to participate in exciting and rewarding world-class research that is making a profound impact on human health.

What will you be doing?

  • The Bioinformatician will support selected research projects, working independently with researchers at the Harvard Chan School, Harvard and the broader Boston biomedical community.
  • They will provide expertise in the use of specialized bioinformatic tools and analysis methods to researchers and collaborate in analyzing and interpreting their data.

Reporting to the HBC Director and Associate Director, and coordinating closely with other Core staff, the applicant will analyze incoming data using existing analytical approaches commonly used in the Core, and assess and/or develop new methods where appropriate. They will document their work thoroughly, and provide manuscript-level reporting of final analyses and results. They will summarize, analyze and visualize data using advanced techniques, and provide direct links to related informatics analysis tools. Other duties will include data management (coordinating with collaborating Research Computing groups and Core developers to ensure consistent data storage), participation in Core and lab meetings and other collaborator meetings around various campuses and liaising with collaborating researchers. Where appropriate, the applicant may participate in developing manuscripts for publication.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in biological sciences, statistics or related computational field (eg. computational biology or bioinformatics) required
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Scripting abilities
    • Knowledge of shell scripting and high-performance computing
    • R proficiency
    • Familiarity with Python
  • Experience in at least one of the following next-generation sequencing domains:
    • Whole genome or Exome-sequencing
    • Bulk RNA-seq
    • Small RNA-seq
    • Single cell RNA-seq
    • ChIP-seq / ATAC-seq
    • Bisulfite-seq
    • Nanopore/PacBio long read analysis 
  • Proven ability to interpret and analyze large data sets and present results
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of functional analysis (enrichment studies, GSEA, networks), data
    management and visualization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Statistical background experience.
  • Github or other version control experience
  • Ability to produce reproducible code (R Markdown, Latex, Jupyter notebooks, etc)

About us

The Harvard Chan Bioinformatics Core (HBC) is a team of skilled and personable bioinformaticians. We are a central resource for bioinformatics research, services and training at Harvard and across the Boston biomedical community. We work closely with biomedical scientists to develop and execute innovative workflows to analyze, interpret, visualize and distribute scientific discoveries derived from the analysis of high-throughput data.

As a team, we embrace an open source approach; we use open source tools and contribute to the development of open source projects. In line with this community approach, the HBC emphasizes teamwork, collaboration and provides a supportive environment where team members can learn from each other. We are enthusiastically recruiting bioinformaticians who are junior and looking to learn and gain experience, as well as, more senior researchers who are looking to lead projects and analyses and/or manage and mentor junior researchers.


We offer competitive salaries that are commensurate with experience

How do I apply?

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Contact us!

Email bioinformatics (at) for more information

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.