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Bioinformatics Applications Specialist
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Job Description

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

*This position is located in Marina del Rey, CA*

This position is in the Science Automation Technologies group (SciTech) at Information Sciences Institute (ISI), part of the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.

The Bioinformatics Applications Specialist provides programming support to research projects. Develops or modifies large and complex system projects, or as a specialist, provides technical consulting to researchers on complex projects. Formulates and defines system scope and objectives. Devises or modifies procedures to solve complex problems. Utilizes creativity and innovation to solve conceptual programming problems raised by cutting edge research. Prepares detailed specifications. Creates program design, coding, testing, debugging, documentation and maintenance. Works under minimal supervision at a high level of technical proficiency on all phases of programming. Makes technical presentations and demonstrations at conferences and/or meetings.


- Serves as lead programmer or technical specialist on a research project(s). Develops or modifies large and complex system projects. Establishes project plans and schedules and monitors progress providing status reports as required. Utilizes creativity and innovation to solve conceptual programming problems raised by cutting edge research.

- Participates in research projects. Contributes to research designs, develops prototype implementations, and participates in the preparation of papers describing the research.

- Oversees the design, coding, testing, debugging and documentation activities of project staff.

- Interfaces with researchers to identify and determine requirements. Conducts detailed systems analysis to define system scope, objectives and implementation approach.

- Develops system definition, architecture and detailed needs analysis including hardware and software recommendations. Proposes alternative approaches and conducts evaluation and comparison.

- Collaborates with colleagues on research ideas and solutions. Works with staff and/or students providing guidance in system design and implementation.

- Establishes and implements user training programs, tutorials and other materials necessary to present and support research results.

- Suggests new avenues for research. Recognizes opportunities to adapt results for novel applications.

- Contributes text to project reports and technical papers.

- Takes primary responsibility for system demonstrations (preparation, setup, and delivery) at conferences and funder events.

- Makes technical presentations and demonstrations at conferences and/or meetings.

- Stays informed of new developments and technologies by reading journals and other pertinent publications, maintaining contact with vendors, and participating in professional organizations, meetings and seminars.


- Significant experience with one of the following programming languages: Java, Python, C, C++

- Competence with Linux, command line interfaces, shell scripting, and basic system administration

- Experience with a version control system such as CVS, Subversion, or Git

- Experience with data modeling, SQL, and RDBMS's such as SQLite, MySQL, and PostgreSQL

- Master's degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or related field

In addition, the following skills/experience preferred:

- Web development experience with Python, PHP, JavaScript, and CSS

- Experience working with scientific computing applications and scientific workflows

- Knowledge of high-performance, high-throughput, or data-intensive computing

- Experience with cloud computing systems such as Amazon EC2, OpenStack, Eucalyptus, and Nimbus

- Previous experience with cluster/grid computing systems such as Condor, PBS, SGE, and Globus

- Experience in academic research and writing academic papers

- Previous experience developing distributed systems

*The University of Southern California values diversity, and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. *

About University of Southern California

Established in 1880 and located in the heart of Los Angeles, the University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world's leading private research universities, with a central College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 17 professional schools on two campuses. The Health Sciences campus, to the northeast of downtown Los Angeles, is home to the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the School of Pharmacy, three major teaching hospitals and programs in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.