Computational Systems Biology Software Developer
VA Tech - Virginia

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Established in July 2000 at Virginia Tech, the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) is a world-class research institute dedicated to the study of the biological sciences. The Institute's mission is to solve some of society's most important problems in life science through transdisciplinary research and education. By using bioinformatics and combining transdisciplinary approaches to information technology and biology, researchers at VBI interpret and apply vast amounts of biological data generated from basic research to some of today's key challenges in the biomedical, environmental and agricultural sciences. Work at VBI involves collaboration in diverse disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, biology, plant pathology, medical informatics, biochemistry, systems biology, statistics, economics and synthetic biology. Transdisciplinary research at the institute encompasses scientific program areas that include bioinformatics, cellular networks, complex systems and genomes. The institute develops genomic and bioinformatic tools that can be applied to the study of infectious diseases as well as the discovery of new vaccine, drug and diagnostic targets. VBI currently has an opening for a research associate in Computational Systems Biology Software Developer. The software developer will contribute to bioinformatics research projects with emphasis on computational modeling of metabolic networks and other complex biological processes. The software developer will develop scientific software that is used by an International community of researchers. This position will be required to keep up with the current scientific literature related to analysis of biochemical reaction networks and standards of systems biology. The software developer will be expected to present his/her research at university seminars and scientific conferences, contribute to the preparation of grant proposals, prepare reports and manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals, and use multimedia for presenting research results on the internet. In accordance with university hiring procedures for non-student positions, all new non-student hires will require a criminal background check as of July 1, 2012.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MS in Computer Science, Biology, Biochemistry or Physics, or related field. - Experience in developing scientific software and/or using computer software for simulation of biochemical pathways. - Experience in programming and software development. - Knowledge of C++. - Evidence of a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals. - Creativity, independence, and high motivation and good communication skills. - Strong work habits and the ability to work independently as well as in a research team.
Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Computer Science, Biology, Biochemistry or Physics, or related field. - Experience in User Interface design and development with Qt4. - Knowledge of multi-processor systems and parallel programming. - Experience with code versioning systems.
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