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Apply principles and methods of bioinformatics to assist scientists in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. Apply bioinformatics tools to visualize, analyze, manipulate or interpret molecular data. May build and maintain databases for processing and analyzing genomic or other biological information.
- The SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code is 43-9111.01
Also Known As…
- Scientific Informatics Analyst
- Research Assistant
- Museum Informatics Specialist
- Informatics Developer
- Bioinformatics Technician
- Bioinformatics Specialist
- Bioinformatics Developer
- Bioinformatics Analyst
- Assistant Research Scientist
- Log Data Technician
- Database Technician
- Data Technician
- Data Analyst
- Biometrics Technician
- Bioinformatics Research Technician
- Bioinformatics Assistant
Tasks for “Bioinformatics Technicians”
- Perform routine system administrative functions such as troubleshooting, back-ups, and upgrades.
- Test new or updated software or tools and provide feedback to developers.
- Document all database changes, modifications, or problems.
- Train bioinformatics staff or researchers in the use of databases.
- Design or implement web-based tools for querying large-scale biological databases.
- Monitor database performance and perform any necessary maintenance, upgrades, or repairs.
- Develop or maintain applications that process biologically based data into searchable databases for purposes of analysis, calculation, or presentation.
- Conduct quality analyses of data inputs and resulting analyses or predictions.
- Package bioinformatics data for submission to public repositories.
- Develop or apply data mining and machine learning algorithms.
- Confer with database users about project timelines and changes.
- Confer with researchers, clinicians, or information technology staff to determine data needs and programming requirements and to provide assistance with database-related research activities.
- Participate in the preparation of reports or scientific publications.
- Analyze or manipulate bioinformatics data using software packages, statistical applications, or data mining techniques.
- Enter or retrieve information from structural databases, protein sequence motif databases, mutation databases, genomic databases or gene expression databases.
- Write computer programs or scripts to be used in querying databases.
- Maintain awareness of new and emerging computational methods and technologies.
- Create data management or error-checking procedures and user manuals.
- Extend existing software programs, web-based interactive tools, or database queries as sequence management and analysis needs evolve.
Related Technology & Tools
- Computer clusters
- Semiconductor-based sequencers
- Network file servers
- High throughput screening HTS systems
- Computer workstation setups
- Desktop computers
- Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
- Web servers
- Apache Subversion
- Atlassian Bamboo
- Jenkins CI
- The MathWorks MATLAB
- Basic Local Alignment Search Tool BLAST
- Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion Reporter
- Web browser software
- Genome Analysis ToolKit GATK
- Hypertext markup language HTML
- Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
- Oracle Java
- Burrows-Wheeler Aligner BWA