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Bioinformatics Scientists

Conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. May design databases and develop algorithms for processing and analyzing genomic information, or other biological information.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Develop new software applications or customize existing applications to meet specific scientific project needs.
    • Communicate research results through conference presentations, scientific publications, or project reports.
    • Create novel computational approaches and analytical tools as required by research goals.
    • Consult with researchers to analyze problems, recommend technology-based solutions, or determine computational strategies.
    • Analyze large molecular datasets, such as raw microarray data, genomic sequence data, or proteomics data, for clinical or basic research purposes.
    • Keep abreast of new biochemistries, instrumentation, or software by reading scientific literature and attending professional conferences.
    • Develop data models and databases.
    • Compile data for use in activities, such as gene expression profiling, genome annotation, or structural bioinformatics.
    • Design and apply bioinformatics algorithms including unsupervised and supervised machine learning, dynamic programming, or graphic algorithms.
    • Manipulate publicly accessible, commercial, or proprietary genomic, proteomic, or post-genomic databases.
    • Direct the work of technicians and information technology staff applying bioinformatics tools or applications in areas such as proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, or clinical bioinformatics.
    • Provide statistical and computational tools for biologically based activities, such as genetic analysis, measurement of gene expression, or gene function determination.
    • Improve user interfaces to bioinformatics software and databases.
    • Create or modify web-based bioinformatics tools.
    • Confer with departments, such as marketing, business development, or operations, to coordinate product development or improvement.
    • Recommend new systems and processes to improve operations.
    • Instruct others in the selection and use of bioinformatics tools.
    • Collaborate with software developers in the development and modification of commercial bioinformatics software.
    • Test new and updated bioinformatics tools and software.
    • Prepare summary statistics of information regarding human genomes.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Written Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 76800/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 36.92/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 800
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Persistence
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Scanners
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Laser printers
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Web platform development software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Data base management system software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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