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Bioinformaticist - Columbia, SC

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This is a lead position with a focus to develop, and implement bioinformatics data analysis pipelines to analyze and interpret Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data, produced from microbial isolates and clinical samples of animal origin to detect different pathogens including bacteria, virus, fungus, parasites, etc. The person should be able to use open source and / or commercially available bioinformatics platforms and software to analyze and perform statistical analysis of NGS data independently. Provides reserve technical assistance through out the laboratory. Performs other duties as assigned.


35% - Essential - Develop, and implement bioinformatics data analysis pipelines to analyze and interpret Sanger, Illumina, and Oxford Nanopore NGS data, generated from small microbial genomes using Linux/Unix Shell scripting or similar environment (Docker and Conda), run high performance computing sources ( Palmetto, etc.), open source and / or commercially available bioinformatics platforms independently and / or with minimum supervision.

35% - Essential - Submit jobs to High Performance Computing Clusters (HPC) including Palmetto, etc. and utilize open and / or commercially available bioinformatic resources to analyze Whole genome and exome sequencing, 16S metagenomics, Shotgun metagenomics, variants and SNPs, antibiotic resistant gene expression,  and differential gene expression. Able to perform statistical analysis, visualization and interpretation of NGS datasets using R, edgeR, and / or DESeq, etc.

15% - Essential - Leverage existing bioinformatics tools to quickly address data analysis needs, trouble shoot different NGS data analysis methods, be familiar with latest trends in short and long read NGS technologies including  Oxford Nanopore, Pacbio, single cell sequencing technologies.

10% - Essential - Compliance: Assists the quality manager and laboratory director to maintain the operation of the quality assurance program as dictated by the laboratory's accrediting agency. Serve as a backup person for other lab sections as needed and becomes proficient in and performs other lab tests /duties as needed.

5% - Essential - Assist supervisor in managing daily testing and in identifying and developing new sequencing methods. Perform other duties as per the need.



A bachelor's degree in microbiology or medical technology and experience in a laboratory setting related to the area of employment; or a bachelor's degree in the natural sciences with academic credits in biology and experience in a laboratory setting related to the area of employment. A doctorate in microbiology may be substituted for the required work experience. 1st Bachelor's Degree - Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or Similar Study.



Education -  1st Master's Degree - Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or Similar Study
Master's degree plus 2 years experience or  Ph.D. degree Microbial genome analysis of NGS data in Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory or Public Health Laboratory. Gene Expression analysis of antibiotic resistant genes, variant analysis, and SNP analysis of bacteria, virus and other microbes. Experience with Docker, Conda, Python, Perl, etc.
4 Years experience in microbial genome analysis of NGS data. Familiar with FASTQ, SAM, BAM, read mapping algorithms, differential gene expression tools including R, edgeR and / or DESeq, etc. Experience in script writing using Linux/Unix


Comprehensive Job Knowledge - Comprehensive knowledge of theories and practices and ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations

Acts as Lead - Acts as a Lead by guiding the work of others who perform essentially the same work.

No Budget Responsibilities - No fiscal responsibility for the department's budget.


  20% - Stand for prolonged period
  70% - Sit (stationary position) for prolonged period
  50% - Walk or move about
100% - Use hands or feet to operate or handle machinery, equipment, etc
  15% - Ascend or descend (i.e. stairs, ladder)
  30% - Position self to accomplish task (i.e. stoop, kneel, crawl)
100% - Communicate, converse, give direction, express oneself
100% - Recognize or inspect visually
  20% - Move, transport, raise or lower
  30% - Extends hands or arms in any direction
  40% - Use taste or smell to detect or determine particular flavors or odors
100% - Perceive, observe, clarity of vision



  10% - Exposure to heat or cold
   5% - Exposure to dust/fumes
   5% - Wet or humid
  10% - Noise
  10% - Vibration
   5% - Mechanical hazards
  10% - Chemical hazards
   5% - Electrical hazards
   5% - Radiant energy hazards
   5% - Burn hazards
   5% - Overnight Travel
100% - Exposure to bio-hazards (i.e. blood, bodily fluids)




Standard Hrs: 37.5;  Expected Salary ($ 52,357.00 - $ 60,000.00)


Normal Operations

Required to follow emergency facility closure directives, and not normally expected work on-site during emergency situations.


Richland County


June 29, 2023


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