Business Title

Junior Scientific Programmer

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Harvard Medical School


USA - MA - Boston

Job Function

Information Technology

Time Status



Biomedical Informatics

Salary Grade



55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Duties &

The Park lab in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at HMS is a computational genomics lab specializing in genome analysis. The lab consists of highly talented and productive researchers from various quantitative fields. This Junior Scientific Programmer will assist researchers in the implementation of data processing pipelines as part of the 4D Nucleome Data Coordination and Integration Center project within Park Lab. Examples of tasks include:

  • Running existing bioinformatics programs on data sets to test their reliability and performance. This involves submitting jobs to the compute cluster, identifying problems, and interpreting the results. The number of datasets is large and running these jobs often require manual intervention.
  • Following instructions from senior team members to codify the pipelines in standards text formats (e.g. Docker or Common Workflow Language).
  • Some projects require efficient implementation of algorithms. The analyst may assist in taking research-level code to production-level code, creating documentations, and answering questions from users.

Basic Qualifications

Some experience with sequencing data and bioinformatics methods are highly desirable. Strong programming skills and attention to detail are essential. 

Additional Qualifications

Bachelor's degree preferred. Experience in the programming language python preferred. Ability to work well with others.

Additional Information

This is a 6-month term appointment with a strong likelihood of renewal.

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EEO Statement

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 or any other characteristic protected by law.

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