Bioinformatics Scientist/Analyst

Whitehead Institute – Cambridge, MA

The mission of the Bioinformatics and Research Computing group (BaRC) is to empower Whitehead Researchers with computational and genomics tools. Learn more at

Whitehead Institute offers excellent benefits including a choice of health insurance options; a generous retirement plan; comprehensive dental, disability and life insurance coverage; competitive salary, substantial vacation and holiday time; and programs for tuition reimbursement, dependent care assistance, pre-tax spending accounts, and subsidized public transportation or parking.

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research is a leading, nonprofit research and educational institution that has defined the cutting edge of biomedical science, creating a legacy of research excellence and academic eminence since 1982. Wholly independent in its governance, finances and research programs, Whitehead shares a teaching affiliation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), offering the intellectual, collegial and scientific benefits of a leading research university. Whitehead s Faculty Members and Fellows run pioneering programs in cancer research, immunology, developmental biology, stem cell research, regenerative medicine, genetics and genomics - programs with a record of success.

Reports to: Director, Bioinformatics and Research Computing (BaRC)

FLSA Status: Exempt;

Department: Bioinformatics and Research Computing


Collaborate and consult with Whitehead scientists on biomedical research projects. Analyze and interpret experimental data. Provide training and support to Whitehead scientists in the use of and development of Linux-based biological software.


  • Collaborate with and support Whitehead scientists using public or custom tools in the areas of short-read sequencing, genomics, gene expression, data mining, protein analysis, statistics, and other high-throughput analyses.
  • Identify or develop software and tools to analyze, display, and manage biological data.
  • Assist with the design and development of bioinformatics-related programming projects.
  • Instruct scientists in the use of the best and latest bioinformatics tools available.
  • Prepare and teach classes, courses and/or demonstrations on the use of various techniques and software tools.
  • Other duties, as assigned


  • Minimum of M.S. or Ph.D. in biology or related discipline.
  • A minimum of two years of bioinformatics/computational biology experience.
  • Background in programming (Perl and/or Python), statistics (R/Bioconductor) and databases (MySQL) in a Linux environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to work well independently and with all levels of Institute researchers.
  • Must work well with others in a team environment.
  • Must be flexible and demonstrate good skills in instruction and training.
  • Experience with protein structure visualization and prediction, mass spectrometry, image analysis, or high-dimensional datasets a plus.

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