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Junior Specialist (COBRE Bioinformatics Educator [Casual Appointment])
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
JABSOM - Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kakaako Campus
Date Posted:
November 14, 2016
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins November 14, 2016
Salary Information:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Tenure Track:
Non Tenure
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
Temporary - Not to Exceed: June 30, 2017
Federal funds

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Develop a training curriculum consisting of modular, on-line educational reference materials, tutorials and training videos and personalized hands-on workshops covering both basic and more advanced topics in bioinformatics principles and practices, centered around problem solving and study design.
  2. Tailor training curriculum to the expressed needs of current and prospective users of the Bioinformatics Core.
  3. Extend and expand the bioinformatics, computational and analytical skills of Hawaii-based students and researchers from various backgrounds, resulting in increased usage of the Bioinformatics Core, as well as greater user satisfaction and heightened user independence.
  4. Contribute to graduate student education and training.
  5. Perform other related tasks as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. M.A. or M.S. degree in information and computer sciences or biological sciences or statistics or any relevant field of study.
  2. Demonstrated skills in two or more of the following areas: curriculum development of on-line and/or in-person courses and modules in bioinformatics; proficiency in programming languages (such as Perl, Python, Java and R).
  3. Proficiency in statistical analysis (R, MATLAB).
  4. Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills.
  6. Experience in teaching at the undergraduate level.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Ph.D. or D.Sc. or equivalent degree in information and computer science or biological sciences or statistics or any relevant field of study.
  2. Two or more years of experience in bioinformatics course development and/or in teaching at the graduate level.
  3. Familiarity with large datasets from consortium projects.
  4. Familiarity with the collection, management, interpretation, and analysis of high-throughput biological and clinical data with emphasis on next-generation sequence analysis, microarray data analysis, data integration or evaluation of new analytical tools and technology.
  5. Familiarity with molecular biology, human genetics, experimental design principles, and bench laboratory experience.
  6. Experience in UNIX-like operating systems and high-performance computing environments.
  7. Experience in teaching at the graduate level.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, CV and names of 5 professional references to the address below, or via email to
  1. Richard Yanagihara, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  2. 651 Ilalo Street, BSB 320
  3. Honolulu, HI 96813
  1. Richard Yanagihara; 808-692-1610;

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