Research Assistant - Bioinformatics - Omics data / Next Generation Sequencing

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Je, 24/08/2017
Doha, Qatar
SIDRA Medical and Research Center

Sidra Medical and Research Center OPC Building,

Floor 5, Office 314

PO Box 26999

Al Luqta Street

Education City North Campus

​Qatar Foundation

Doha, Qatar

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rtemanni [at] sidra [dot] org
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Description du poste: 
SIDRA4174 - Research Assistant - Bioinformatics
Department:Bioinformatics Div
Division:Biomedical Informatics Dept
Contract Type:Full Time
Closing Date:21-Sep-2017
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medical and Research Center is a state of the art academic medical center that will function to the level of the highest international standards.  Its clinical focus is on the specialty care of women and children.

Sidra’s Vision is:  “Sidra Medical and Research Center will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top medical centers in the world”.

Achieving this vision will encompass three essential activities:

World Class:     Patient and Family Centered Care      Health Education        Biomedical Discovery

Sidra works closely with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and Hamad Medical Corporation across all three activities to raise the standard of health and health care throughout the State of Qatar.

Department:The Research department will house several hundred researchers working on many aspects of Feto-maternal health. It will cover Basic, Translation, Clinical trials and Informatics research. The Dept. comprises two research floors totaling 10,000Mand 9 smaller “satellite laboratories” throughout the hospital. The department will house basic laboratories as well as state of the art core facilities, e.g. Genomics, medicinal chemistry and Imaging.
Person:The Research Assistant - Bioinformatics within the Biomedical Informatics division is involved in designing/developing/implementing/ annotating and carrying scientific research to address Bioinformatics challenges.  The Research Assistant, under the supervision of Principal Investigator and/or research scientist executes several tasks such as programming and implementing bioinformatics pipeline, testing and validating new tools and running pilot analysis. The Research Assistant also executes several tasks such as NGS data analysis especially variants annotation, medical genetic database mining and preparation of final report to clinical geneticist. The incumbent is also involved in performing advanced analysis of  Omics data especially Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). S/he adheres to the best standards of software development for business and scientific applications.
Key Role Accountabilities:
  • Programming and implementing bioinformatics pipeline

  • Testing and validating new tools

  • Running pilot analysis.

  • Performing advanced analysis of  Omics data especially Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

  • Analyzing and processing biomedical data

  • Programs and implements bioinformatics pipeline

  • Tests and validates new tools

  • Runs pilot analysis and performs advanced analysis of  Omics data especially Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

  • Conducts bioinformatics analysis on genomics data

  • Analyzes and processes biomedical data

  • Collaborates with other Sidra members to apply the results of research and/or develop new techniques or practices

  • Presents ongoing work and findings to colleagues

  • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies


In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra during this pre-operational phase, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.
Qualifications, Experience and Skills – Selection Criteria:





MS degree in bioinformatics or related field, or

BS with 3+ years of relevant experience

MS degree in bioinformatics with 5+ years of NGS data analysis experience


  • Demonstrable experience in a UNIX environment


  • Experience and knowledge of Whole Genome Re-sequencing, Exome Sequencing, Transcriptome analysis and small RNA sequencing analysis


  • Experience of developing and maintaining SOPs for bioinformatics analysis and facilitation of regulatory preparation of the genome center operation


  • Extensive experience and broad foundational understanding of Molecular Biology and Genetics.


  • Knowledge and experience in genetic and genomics wet bench experiments


  • Experience in technical support and training of non-bioinformatics collaborative colleagues
  • Experience in research and/or academic settings


  • Experience in implementing algorithms, developing software


  • Ability to perform multi-threaded programs


  • Strong background in molecular biology


  • Any experience in next-generation sequencing analysis will be valued

Certification and Licensure



Professional Membership



Job Specific Skills and Abilities

  • Strong programming skills: Python, Perl, C++, Java, R, Matlab or other related programming knowledge.


  • Appropriate knowledge of ‘omics’ data manipulation


  • High level of Technical skills


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


  • Knowledgeable in scientific research methods and evaluation of research results, and ability to develop and maintain own knowledge and skills at the forefront of field


  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Experience in dynamic web development (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript)


  • Experience in JavaScript libraries such as jQuery, DataTables.js, D3.js, crossfilter, Dc.js, underscore.js, backbone.js, react, bio.js, Bootstrap


Sidra’s Organizational Values:
  • Trust: Being competent; acting consistently, reliably and predictably; acting with honesty and integrity; respecting patient, employee and commercial confidentiality; delivering on commitments
  • Care: Acting with empathy, kindness and compassion; being humble; listening and responding; acting with cultural sensitivity; Caring for patients and staff
  • Teamwork: Sharing information and knowledge and learning from demonstrated expertise; being respectful, and thereby earning respect of others; acting with professionalism; leading and following; collaborating and being accessible
  • Transparency: Frequent and honest communication; open access to information for decision making; willingly acknowledge shortcomings; speaking up about concerns; publishing performance indicators
  • Innovation: Freedom to innovate; welcoming ideas and encouraging creativity; supporting talent; creating confidence; celebrating successes
  • Efficiency: Providing measurable value; using data to drive decision making; having and achieving clear goals; building processes that work; continuously improving outcomes in patient and family care