Medical Information Technologist

Job description for Bioinformatician

  • Build the Bioinformatics infrastructure for the TN State Public Health Lab (SPHL), including choosing the appropriate operating system, tools, computing resources, servers, etc.
  • Serve as the bioinformatics subject matter expert for TN SPHL for PulseNet organism WGS data, HAI pathogen Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) data and other organisms WGS data that is currently being generated at the TN SPHL
  • Build, test, implement, and maintain next-generation sequencing capacity for SARS-CoV-2 samples
  • Build, test, implement, and maintain bioinformatics support for next-generation sequencing data analysis for SARS-CoV-2 samples.
  • Build, test, implement, and maintain next-generation sequencing capacity for new emerging infectious disease pathogens
  • Establish capacity to build analysis scripts, pipelines and database for new emerging infectious disease pathogens
  • Build and maintain relationship and share data with internal and external parties, for example CDC, APHL, or NCBI
  • Build, test, implement, and maintain up-to-date bioinformatics resources for TN SPHL and jurisdictional regions
  • Generating bioinformatics analysis, using the results (including but not limited to determination of relatedness among outbreak strains, virulence, and antimicrobial-resistance genes, etc.) to assist in guidance of the Emerging disease prevention, detection, and containment
  • Provide bioinformatics/ data analysis technical assistance, pipeline development, materials development, and training for TN SPHL employees to interpret WGS data
  • Develop and apply bioinformatics tools to process, analyze, and interpret high throughput datasets
  • Apply biological and statistical knowledge to draw rigorous, actionable conclusions form complex data sets.
  • Participate in the preparation of written reports and oral presentations summarizing data analysis results, including detailed description of bioinformatics methods, detailed analysis of results, and synthesis of conclusions from summary tables.
  • Take initiative to acquire new bioinformatics, statistical or programming skills as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in bioinformatics, informatics, healthcare informatics, epidemiology or other related field
  • The candidate should have 3-4 years of experience in bioinformatics computer science, software development or statistical genetics, biostatistics, epidemiology or other related field.
  • Graduate coursework from an accredited college or university in Informatics, Bioinformatics, Healthcare informatics or other related field may substitute for experience on a year for year basis, up to 2 years

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience implementing and applying bioinformatics programs
  • Knowledge of NGS technology and concrete skills in bioinformatics analysis for Illumina NGS data are desirable.
  • Statistical or mathematical analysis packages is a plus
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills are preferred.
  • Demonstrate initiative in evaluating and experimenting with new technologies.
  • Independent self-starter, with strong time-management skills, proven ability to multi-task
  • Proficiency in at least one high level scripting and programming language (e.g. PERL/Python/JAVA, R, C++)
  • Program ability, e.g., working in a Linux environment, running a cluster using SGE and BASH shell scripting

Job Type: Contract

Salary: $40.00 – $45.00 per hour


  • 10 hour shift
  • 12 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift

Work Location: On the road

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