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SIDRA4640 - Research Specialist IV - Bioinformatics

Department: Bioinformatics Div
Division: Translational Medicine Dept
Contract Type: Temporary
Closing Date: 17-Aug-2019
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 IV – Bioinformatics will conduct research in a number of scientific disciplines including but not limited to computational genomics, statistical genetics, data mining, and deep learning and in silico systems biology. The main research will focus on unravelling the genomic underpinnings of biological traits and genetic diseases prevalent in Qatar and the MENA region, ultimately leading to novel therapeutic targets and approaches. It will involve applying and developing computational methods for large-scale analysis of genetic data from state-of-the-art technologies including long-read sequencing and other omics and phenotypic human data.

The Research Specialist IV – Bioinformatics will be supervised by the Principal Investigator (PI), and is responsible for contributing to study design and execution, scientific presentation and publication in line with the PI’s research program.

He/She is expected to be productive, interactive with other research personnel, and provide training to undergraduate and graduate students. Also, perform complex scientific technical work, evaluating, selecting and applying methods to specialized assignments that may not always have clear and specific objectives. Assignments require investigation of a wide number of variables and highly complex features in order to identify issues and apply solutions. The role requires the ability to Work independently, to exercise judgment and to utilize previous experience and precedent in making technical decisions related to delegated tasks. The Research Specialist IV – Bioinformatics is an independent, self-motivated individual who with minimal supervision successfully accomplishes the delegated tasks.
Key Role Accountabilities:
    • Contributes to the delivery of departmental goals, through personal effort in own work area.

    • Shares responsibility for the timely completion of assigned tasks and ensures constant progress in research pertaining to specialty area.

    • Analyzes and processes research data involving NGS and long read data, omics and phenotypic data using advanced analytical tools.

    • Executes research studies by designing, conducting experiments and by generating research data.

    • Conducts research data mining and data management.

    • Works closely with the Principle Investigator and other research team members to ensure efficacy of the research project.

    • Ensures project completion time line in accordance with the rules and guidelines of the funding agency.

    • Publishes papers as results of the research in high quality peer-reviewed journals.

    • Communicates results to the relevant scientific community via published papers and academic conference presentations, both locally and internationally.

    • Collaborates with other Sidra members and external collaborators (including international collaborators) to carry out the proposed research plan.

    • Travels occasionally to collaborating institutions for the purpose of the research study.

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

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

    • 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 a relevant field

Master’s Degree in a relevant field


  • 7+ years of experience in processing and analyzing high throughput data (next-generation sequencing and/or omics technologies)

  • Academic and /or industrial research experience with publications in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at international conferences

  • Experience in biocomputational research during their research training or work experience

  • Work experience in a clinical research setting/hospital-affiliated institution or in biotechnology industry

  • Experience working with long-read sequencing technologies from PacBio, BioNano, 10X and Nanopore


Certification and Licensure


Professional Membership



Job Specific Skills and Abilities

  • Proven high level of Technical skills for applying and developing bioinformatics tools, programming and manipulating and statistical analysis of big data


  • Demonstrated good knowledge in statistical and ‘big data’ analysis




  • Demonstrated knowledge in scientific research methods and evaluation of research results, and ability to develop and maintain own knowledge and skills at the forefront of field


  • Proven ability to multitask


  • Proven ability to both collaborate closely with others, and to work independently on challenging problems


  • Proven ability to explain research topics, both to a scientific audience and other staff


  • Evidence of ongoing continual development and personal development.


  • Demonstrated strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills


  • Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills


  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills


  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite


  • Fluency in written and spoken English





Additional Vacancy Information: This is a QNRF grant funded position for a period of up to 4 years reporting into Dr.Younes Mokrab's Lab.
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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