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Medford, MA
Other/Not Classified
Job Type
Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
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Manager Bioinformatics Developer

About the Job

The Research and Early Development BT group is seeking an Omics Lead/Developer to join our team and drive forward Pfizer’s bioinformatics and ‘omics capabilities.  The successful candidate will contribute to the development, implementation and support of new and existing bioinformatics, high-dimensional biology, genetics and clinical data and informatics solutions.  In addition, the incumbent will collaborate with team members and scientists across Pfizer to improve and further develop existing informatics systems and data workflows.  They will possess a strong software development background and complementary scientific and computational biology knowledge.  This position offers a truly exciting opportunity to work with cutting-edge ‘omics technologies, data, and algorithms, alongside biologists and experimentalists in a high-energy, dynamic environment.

Role Responsibilities

  • Designs, codes, tests, troubleshoots, corrects, or extends ‘omics software and processing pipelines that require a high degree of scientific expertise
  • Applies understanding of ‘omics data acquisition, processing, and analysis to design, modify or maintain data models for ‘omics data (deep understanding of ‘omics entities, relationships, and attributes).
  • On project teams, acts as a translator between experimentalists and biologists and application and database developers.
  • Supports and maintains existing ‘omics applications.
  • Understands and integrates ‘omics data from disparate public, commercial and proprietary sources, applying appropriate processing methods.
  • Advises other database designers and application developers on ‘omics data models.
  • Documents work using required standards, methods and tools.
  • Critically reviews system specifications for ‘omics software and pipelines
  • Provides mentoring and coaching to junior R&D informatics colleagues. May direct work of small teams for finite periods of time in support of project execution.

Basic Qualifications 

  • A bachelor’s degree in biology, bioinformatics or a related discipline, or equivalent experience in bioinformatics in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry. An MS or Ph.D. is strongly preferred.
  • A bachelor’s or master’s in computer science or equivalent programming experience.
  • 5+ years experience developing software solutions in the pharmaceutical R&D or biotech sector
  • Strong technical, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication abilities
  • A solid understanding of basic cell and/or molecular biology concepts.
  • Prior experience with processing or analysis of data from NGS-based laboratory instruments.
  • Evidence of experience with software development best practices and methodologies (Unit testing, Agile, code reviews, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability with Linux command line scripting
  • Demonstrated ability with R, Python, and Perl.
  • Demonstrated ability with at least one of these database platforms: Oracle, Postgres, Redshift, SQLite.
  • Demonstrated experience with at least one source control system (svn or git).
  • Demonstrated experience designing or using transcriptomics, next-generation sequencing (NGS), proteomics, metabolomics, flow cytometry, lipidomics, or genetics data pipelines. 
  • Experience integrating ‘omics data from different sources in different formats.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability with Java,  C/C++, or Groovy
  • Web framework development experience (e.g. Flask, Django)
  • Experience developing IT solutions for bioinformatics or computational biology
  • Experience with application of statistical methods that are used in genomics and/or high-dimensional biology.
  • Demonstrated LIMS development experience.

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.  Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.   Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

Sunshine Act

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Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.


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