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Computational Biologist - The Center for Human Nutrition

Job Number: 528778
Categories: Research & Laboratory Support
Dallas, TX

Department: The Center for Human Nutrition
Full/Part Time/PRN: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular









This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information




Salary Negotiable 



Experience and Education

Master's degree in Computer Science or a related field of biological science.   
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field of biological science, and two (2) years related research experience in bioinformatics and computational biology.  





Job Duties

  • Perform professional work in support of scientific research using technical knowledge of software, software development, networking, and/or hardware in a complex computing environment.  Subject matter expert in multiple areas of computing technology, and specific knowledge of molecular biology and genetics.   
  • Manage research laboratory computer hardware and software programming and maintenance.  Ensure existing systems meet the continuing needs of the lab and/or recommend and test new systems as necessary.    
  • Perform complex data analysis related to specialized research methodologies and results as assigned by the Principle Investigator.     
  • Develop and/or modify software to support new and ongoing research projects.      
  • Resolve hardware, software, and network issues in support of the laboratory.      
  • Develop and maintain complex databases to support new and ongoing research projects.      
  • Train laboratory staff in the use of pertinent research systems.       
  • May specialize in bioinformatics, software development, network administration, or hardware/software maintenance.      
  • Performs other duties as assigned.       






The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is seeking a bioinformaticist/computer programmer in the Center for Human Nutrition.  The primary job function is to develop and maintain algorithms and software to deal with large data sets along with a user friendly web portal and database for storage, access, and manipulation of data.  Basic programming knowledge and interest is required, however training will be provided.  Background in Python, C#, MySQL, PHP, javascript or HTML is beneficial but not necessary.   At minimum, a BS in computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering, chemistry, or biochemistry with previous experience in software development or computational research is preferred.  Entry level candidates will be considered for a Research Technician II position while experienced candidates may be considered for a Computational Biologist position.

UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of: race; color; religion; national origin; gender, including sexual harassment; age; disability; citizenship; and veteran status. In addition, it is UT Southwestern policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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