Research Associate II - Bioinformatics; University of Miami

Job Title: 
Research Associate II - Bioinformatics
Job Location: 
Miami, Florida
Full-time, 2-years+

The University of Miami, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is seeking a full-time bioinformatician to conduct analysis of metagenomic and metatranscriptomic Next-Generation-Sequencing data from marine ecosystems.  The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami invites applications for a Research Associate II position in Bioinformatics to work closely with scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory’s Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division (AOML/OCED), located at 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149.

This bioinformatics research works with large-scale microbial omics datasets to study the biodiversity and interactions of microbes in marine ecosystems across organizational scales and their roles in ecosystem function and in diseases of marine organisms and communities.  This bioinformatics research also works with large-scale eukaryotic omics datasets, especially of coral communities, investigating genomic aspects of coral reef health, resiliency, and adaptation to environmental changes such as sea level rise, climate change, ocean acidification, and exposure to pollutants.  The primary tasks of the bioinformatician will include data analysis, such as metagenomic assembly, binning, annotation, mapping and comparisons of metatranscriptomes; development and maintenance of bioinformatics pipelines; development and maintenance of databases for microbiome and coral omics data. Responsibilities will also include the training of postdoctoral researchers, staff, graduate and undergraduate students in high-performance computing, programming, and bioinformatics applications.  The successful candidate for this position will conduct a wide range of bioinformatic analysis of community DNA and RNA sequence data collected from corals (holobiont - tissue, zooxanthella, and microbiome) and environmental (e.g., seawater) samples. The appointee will distill and compare large sequence data sets to provide comparative metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis for both microbiome and eukaryotic (coral) sequences, including assessments relative to environmental metadata.

Qualified candidates must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics, data science, computer science, biology, or a related field with a required 2-3 years of relevant experience in bioinformatics analysis of environmental next-generation-sequencing data.  Experience with Linux command line, scripting languages (Perl, Python, R, Bash, etc.), expertise with bioinformatics portals and software, web development languages and proper bioinformatic/software documentation is needed.  Preference will be given towards candidates with a doctoral degree in relevant discipline and demonstrated relevant expertise in next-generation-sequencing bioinformatics analysis.  Proficiency and prior experience with bioinformatics of environmental metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and coral holobiont community sequence datasets is highly desired. 

Apply online at: A statement of interest, Curriculum Vitae and contact information for 2 persons who can provide letters of recommendation are required.

The University of Miami is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer; smoke/drug free workplace.

Salary is $53,900 per year (including benefits) for two years.  Position may be extended longer than 2 years depending on the availability of additional funding and demonstrated good performance of the appointee.

For further information candidates should contact Dr. Christopher Sinigalliano (christopher.sinigalliano [at]

Position number: P100014223