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Job Title:   Sr. Research Associate II
Pay Grade:   r7
Pay Band Min / Max:    - 
Position Number:   P100014223
Department / Hospital:   RSMAS - CIMAS -STA

The University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

The University of Miami, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is seeking a full-time bioinformatician for a minimum of two years to conduct analysis of metagenomic and metatranscriptomic Next-Generation-Sequencing data from marine ecosystems. The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami invites applications for a Senior Research Associate II (SRAII) position in Bioinformatics to work closely with scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory’s Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division.

This bioinformatics research works with large-scale microbial omics datasets to study the biodiversity and interactions of microbes in marine ecosystems across organizational scales and their roles in ecosystem function and in diseases of marine organisms and communities. This bioinformatics research also works with large-scale eukaryotic omics datasets, especially of coral communities, investigating genomic aspects of coral reef health, resiliency, and adaptation to environmental changes such as sea level rise, climate change, ocean acidification, and exposure to pollutants. The primary tasks of the bioinformatician will include data analysis, such as metagenomic assembly, binning, annotation, mapping and comparisons of metagenomes and metatranscriptomes; development and maintenance of bioinformatics pipelines; development and maintenance of databases for microbiome and coral omics data. Responsibilities will also include the training of postdoctoral researchers, staff, graduate and undergraduate students in high-performance computing, programming, and bioinformatics applications.

• Must hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in bioinformatics, data science, computer science, biology, marine biology, genetics, or a related field.
• At least one year of relevant work related experience in bioinformatics analysis of environmental next-generation-sequencing data, with evidence of tangible contributions to the dissemination of new research.
• Experience with Linux command line, scripting languages (Perl, Python, R, Bash, etc.), expertise with bioinformatics portals and software, web development languages and proper bioinformatics/software documentation is needed. Preference will be given towards candidates with a doctoral degree in relevant discipline and demonstrated relevant expertise and publication record in bioinformatics.
• The salary pay rate and promotional opportunity will be dependent on educational level and relevant experience.

Apply online at: A statement of interest, Curriculum Vitae and contact information for two persons who can provide letters of recommendation are required.

For further information candidates should contact Dr. Christopher Sinigalliano (
Apply online. Position #: P100014223.

The University of Miami is home to some of the brightest minds in the world. We are committed to educating and nurturing students, creating knowledge, and providing service to our community and beyond. The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more.  The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Come join us! 

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