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SIDRA4591 - Research Specialist I - Bioinformatics

Department: System Biology and Immunology Div
Division: Translational Medicine Dept
Contract Type: Temporary
Closing Date: 23-Jun-2018
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medicine 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 Medicine 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

Department: The Research Department will house several hundred researchers working on many aspects of feto-maternal health. It will cover basic, translational, clinical trials and informatics research. The department comprises of two research floors totaling 10,000M2 and 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. The Research Department will include a GMP Cell and Gene Therapy manufacturing facility and principal investigators who will carry out IRB approved translational and clinical research studies some of which may involve the administration of cell and gene therapies.
Job Summary: The Research Specialist I - Bioinformatics performs routine and moderately complex tasks related to administration, use and development of bioinformatics resources    He/she works with general supervision. The incumbent is required to exercise judgment in making technical decisions related to delegated tasks and escalating complex issues.
Key Role Accountabilities:
  • Maintains GXB (Gene expression Browser) bioinformatics web service by setting up servers, accounts, uploading datasets and updating platforms.

  • Supports researchers in data upload, analysis and platform updates.

  • Improves and optimizes bioinformatics workflows and resolve related issues.

  • Makes recommendations to the Investigator regarding improvements in methods and processes.

  • Solves moderately complex problems and performs a specific variety of technical assignments within broader projects.

  • Contributes to ongoing research projects that include taking measurements and recording observations, collecting, compiling and processing data.

  • Assists in procurement of additional/new funding through contributions to technical proposal preparation and/or presentations.

  • Trains staff in development and implementation of bioinformatics workflows.

  • Stays current with literature in ongoing and proposed research projects.

  • Presents ongoing work and methods to research group.

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

  • Adheres to and promotes Sidra’s Values


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





Bachelor’s Degree in the quantitative or life science field

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Biostatistics or Bioinformatics


3+ years of relevant experience


Certification and Licensure




Professional Membership



Job Specific Skills and Abilities

  • Experienced in Linux environment.


  • Experienced in web service management based on tomcat and apache.


  • Experienced in cloud systems such as Amazon Web Service.


  • Experienced in Bioinformatics scripting (R, shell, etc.)


  • Demonstrated functional knowledge and analytic experience in relevant field.


  • Evidence of ongoing continual development and personal development.


  • Demonstrated strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.


  • Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Excellent organizational skills.


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite


  • Fluency in written and spoken English


  • ●Experience in web development.


  • ●Experience in Mysql, Mongo databases.


  • ●Experience in analyzing GEO (Gene Expression Omnibus) datasets.



Additional Vacancy Information:

This is a grants funded position for a period of up to 2 years.  

The title of the project is: “Establishing a Foundation for “Collective Data”-enabled Biomedical Research in Qatar”. 

It focuses on the reuse of vast collections of available public “Omics" datasets. More specifically, it explores how such resource can be used to foster the discovery of biomedical knowledge and the training of early career biomedical researchers. 


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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
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