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Genomic Analyst position at Xenbase, the Xenopus Model Organism Knowledgebase

Posted by , on 12 December 2019

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

Xenbase ( is the Xenopus bioinformatics and genomics knowledgebase funded by the NIH/NICHHD. We have has two performance sites: the curation team at Cincinnati Children’s, Cincinnati OH (PI: Dr. Aaron Zorn) and the database management team at the University of Calgary in Canada (PI Dr. Peter Vize).

Xenbase is seeking to fill 1 full time Genomic Analyst position to join the curation team at the Division of Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children’s. This position offers a challenging job involving diverse tasks related to genomic data management and the integration of genotype and phenotype data. As part of the Xenbase team the Genomic Analyst will function at the interface between biocurators, database administrators and software developers to improve data curation; test and help optimize website functionality; develop programming scripts; interact with our user community at research conferences and contribute to Xenbase publications.

Job Description:
• Management and “wrangling” of genomic data.
• Help manage Xenopus genomes and participate in genome annotation and gene nomenclature.
• Help test newly developed code features and provide feedback for developers.
• Work with biocurators, developers and database administrators to promote data integrity, develop he technical specification of new features for the site.
• Participate in data analysis and development of new ways to visualize data.
• Help manage data exports for public use and data exchange with other databases.
• Co-author reports and publications and give presentations at national and international meetings and workshops.

• MSc or PhD degree in bioinformatics and/or genomics.
• Experience working with genomic data
• Experience with a programming language such as Perl or Python
• Experience with standard bioinformatic tools, analyses, file formats (BLAST, BLAT, multi-seq. alignments, GFF, GTF, etc).
• Demonstrated writing skills (scientific papers, reports and presentations).
• Demonstrated ability to work in a team as well as independently, quickly and accurately and be self-motivated
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent written and spoken English.

Preference will be given to an applicant with:
• 2 or more years’ experience with a bioinformatics, genomics or work with another model organism database
• Experience in relational databases, data annotation/biocuration, knowledge of and familiarity with ontologies.
• Experience in analyzing genomics data, using GRN software, genome browsers and common bioinformatics tools.
• Experience with SVN or Git based version control, particularly GitLab, and continuous integration.
• Experience in constructing and maintaining bioinformatic pipelines.

How to Apply:
Please submit your application here: Due date: January 31st 2020. Please include:
• A cover letter, including a statement of interest in the position.
• CV/Resume, with 3 references whom we may contact: please include their postal address, email and phone number
• Copy of your degree(s), and undergraduate transcripts.

Salary and Start Date:
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Start date is negotiable, expected to be in early 2020.

Cincinnati Children’s employees undergo background checks, orientation and a 6-month probationary period. All employees are required to receive an annual flu vaccination. More information about working at Cincinnati Children’s, and living in Cincinnati, can be found here:

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