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[ccp4bb] Position posting at SBGrid/Harvard Medical School

Title: Bioinformatics Software Specialist II

Harvard Medical School, Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Job summary:

The SBGrid Consortium at Harvard Medical School (www.sbgrid.org) is an international collaboration to provide the biomedical community with support for research computing. SBGrid’s primary service is the curation, deployment, and maintenance of a comprehensive set of software and computational tools that are useful in biomedical research. The SBGrid software library is, effectively, a kind of scientific ‘app store’ that allows users to access a wide range of up-to-date applications without having to download, compile, configure, maintain, or update software. We support over 300 different scientific applications and software suites on Linux and OS X operating systems. Read more about the SBGrid project in our eLife paper:  (https://elife.elifesciences.org/content/2/e01456).  

Primary job responsibilities:

The SBGrid Consortium has an immediate opening for a PhD level Bioinformatics Software Specialist. The primary responsibilities of the position will be installation, configuration, and testing of biomedical software on Linux and OS X platforms for use in the Consortium laboratories and providing bioinformatics software support for scientists at Harvard and SBGrid institutions. Additional responsibilities include working with scientific software developers to integrate new applications into the software collection.

The scientific software in SBGrid’s collection is written in a polyglot of languages (Fortran, C, C++, Python, Java, Perl, Tcl/Tk and sh/csh scripts) and built with any one of a number of different build systems (autotools, cmake, scons, homebrew shell scripts/makefiles, setuptools, etc). This Bioinformatics Software Specialist position is a hybrid, in which some software development experience is useful, but it is not a traditional developer job in any sense. You will work in a multidisciplinary research and computing environment that integrates cutting edge science, rapidly evolving software workflows, high-performance computing, and novel data collection instruments.


  • Familiarity with bioinformatics and/or structural biology applications and workflows

  • Strong knowledge of Linux and OS X operating systems

  • Bash and/or csh shell scripting experience

  • Working knowledge of at least one programming language

  • Experience compiling and installing software from source and troubleshooting associated problems

  • Proficiency working in High-Performance Computing environments

  • Autodidact with strong attention to detail and enthusiasm for hard problems


PhD/MS in structural biology or bioinformatics.

Additional Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have excellent organizational skills and an ability to work independently and prioritize work. Proven project and/or program management skills. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.  

To apply, email the SBGrid Consortium at apply@hkl.hms.harvard.edu.