Computational Scientist 3

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Archive Date: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Pennsylvania State University
University Park
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Computational Scientist 3


The Laboratories of Dr. B. Franklin Pugh, Willaman Professor of Molecular Biology and Evan Pugh University Professor, and Dr. Shaun Mahony, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, are seeking a highly motivated, senior computational scientist with proven experience in developing open-source bioinformatic software and research applications. Together, the Pugh and Mahony labs (, conduct state-of-the-art research in molecular biology and computational biology, with emphasis in eukaryotic gene regulation, epigenetics, epigenomics, tumor diagnostics, machine-learning and high-throughput computer-aided analytic workflows. This long-term position has the following responsibilities: Technical team lead for development of bioinformatics software and database platforms; Designing and identifying the requirements for interactive database applications; Programming analytical methods for epigenomic DNA sequencing data; Develop and support a codebase written with Python, JavaScript and Java. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in a field of study with focus on computational research methods or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Qualifications include: An understanding of molecular biology at a basic level, and genomics at an advanced teaching level; Professional software engineering training, courses, or on-the-job experience; Proficiency in one or more of the programming languages in our current codebase: Java, Python, C/C++; Experience developing and running software builds on a UNIX platform; Working experience with high-performance computing clusters preferred; Experiential knowledge programming for statistical methods expected; Experience with peer design, code reviews, source code management and deployment management is required. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter and resume. A project portfolio and set of code samples from previous work will be requested for all applicants selected for an interview. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding


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Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
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