University of Pennsylvania NGS BIOINFORMATICS SPECIALIST in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-30717


School Name Perelman School of Medicine


Posted to the Web 01/11/2019

Posted Job/Salary Grade 026

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 9-6pm

Months 12

Position Length Contingent Upon Funding

Position End Date

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.


As TCSL Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Molecular Bioinformatics Analyst, this position will report to the TCSL NGS Assay Platform Lead position. This individual will support NGS platform establishment and development in TCSL, including instrument operation, validation, and integration into workflow, staff training, SOPs and other documentation. One of the key responsibilities of this position will be to lead in the development of NGS data analysis pipelines by selecting, adapting and utilizing appropriate software while working with vendors, bioinformatics cores and other resources. This position may also assist with the analysis of molecular data from other advanced instrumentation to be brought into the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies, such as Nanostring’s GeoMx DSP and nCounter MAX, and CODEX.The position will support the development of NGS library preparation workflow and assist in writing associated Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for library preparation, NGS data acquisition and data analysis. This individual will assist in management of automation in TCSL (3 DNA/RNA extraction robots and the EpMotion liquid handler including a pending upgrade for NGS library preparation). This position will also cross-train and support the TCSL molecular team by sample processing and qPCR on an as-needed basis. The duties of this position may require occasional working during University Holidays. Finally, this position will support other molecular projects in TCSL such as telomere length evaluation by NGS by collaborating with TCSL Biochemical Platforms Lead, Fang Chen.


Bachelor’s Degree with 3 to 5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Master’s degree preferred. The successful candidate must have prior experience in the following methodologies: DNA/RNA isolation, sequencing library preparation, knowledge of NGS technologies and data analysis. Prior experience with process and assay automation is required. Prior experience with human clinical trials and working in fast paced environment is preferred. Strong communication skills required. Prior experience working with equipment vendors and cores is required.

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Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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