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Associate Scientist II, Bioinformatics

Job ID 19518165296 Location Atlanta, Georgia Position Type Full-time

At the American Cancer Society, we're leading the fight for a world without cancer. Our employees and 1.5 million volunteers are raising the bar every single day. We actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds including communities of color, the LGBTQ community, veterans, and people with disabilities. The greater the diversity of our people, the better we can serve our communities.

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Position Description

**Final title of position is subject to candidate's qualifications**
JOB SUMMARY

Serves as the subject matter expert on bioinformatics analyses in the Population Science department for use with large prospective Cancer Prevention Study (II and III) data. Manages receipt, organization, analysis, and re-distribution of high-density omics data on ACS systems. Works closely with doctoral-level investigators in the department to conduct bioinformatics analyses to produce original research on the causes, prevention, and control of cancer. Responsible for creating, standardizing, updating, and training on related bioinformatics analysis best practices. Serves as a liaison to the IT Department to coordinate the bioinformatics computing hardware and software needs and resources. Contributes to the team of data analysts responsible for statistical program review, analysis documentation, development of new study resources, and support for external collaborations. Advances the departmental collective expertise in statistical and bioinformatics programming through independent study, internal presentations, training, and written memos.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Receives, organizes, and manages biospecimen results files including but not limited to: genome-wide association study, metabolomics, microbiome, and tumor gene expression data.
  • Conduct epidemiologic and bioinformatics analyses using high-density biospecimen data (ex. genomics, metabolomics, etc) based on the Society’s large prospective cohort studies as well as collaborative pooled datasets.
  • Integrate results from multiple omics datasets and share securely with external scientific collaborators.
  • Develop and disseminate programming best practices for bioinformatics analyses using biospecimen data from the large prospective cohort studies;
  • Work with IT to update and maintain software, hardware and databases required for high-performance analysis of bioinformatics data as necessary.
  • Document analytic programs and data management to facilitate record-keeping and use by others.
  • Contribute to general data/biospecimen collection and management as needed.
  • Conduct literature reviews to stay up to date on bioinformatics analysis techniques.

 

Position Requirements

FORMAL KNOWLEDGE
Master’s degree (MS/MPH) in bioinformatics, or related field (biostatistics, epidemiology, computational biology, etc), and 2-3 years of programming experience in a research environment with high-density biospecimen data (genomics, metabolomics, etc).
 
OTHER SKILLS
  • Experience with bioinformatics and genomics toolkits, databases, and languages including R and Python.
  • Experience with omics data integration and analysis using open-source omics analysis tools and workflows as they apply to public health (genome-wide association studies, metabolomics, etc)
  • Strong problem-solving skills with ability to identify and utilize new bioinformatics software and apply it to ACS data.
  • Experience with data management for omics using relational database (SQL) technologies and Linux based high-performance computing environments.
  • Ability to independently conduct analyses for scientific publication, produce reports and graphics for dissemination, as well as optimize visualization with applications such as Shiny or PowerBI.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and efficiently.
  • Highly motivated with strong attention to detail and organization skills.
  • Exceptional teamwork and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate in a cross-functional environment and train on bioinformatics analysis as needed.
SPECIALIZED TRAINING OR KNOWLEDGE
  • Experience working with Microsoft Azure, Snowflake, and RStudio Team.
  • Preferred additional skills: ability to set-up virtual networked machines; experience with Hadoop processing and/or related systems; experience with genotype calling using Illumina software; experience with PLINK.
  • Office desk work environment
SPECIAL MENTAL OR PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The American Cancer Society has adopted a vaccination policy that requires all staff, regardless of position or work location, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (except where prohibited by state law).

ACS provides staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental, retirement benefits, wellness programs, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills. Further details on our benefits can be found on our careers site at: jobs.cancer.org/benefits. We are a proud equal opportunity employer.

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