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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Michigan Medicine Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory is seeking a full-time Database Analyst to support next-generation sequencing (NGS) database development, optimization and maintenance as well as programming to support other testing activities within the lab.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  •  Retirement Savings Opportunities


  • Modify and maintain existing and create new user interfaces, analysis pipelines and databases for clinical next-generation sequencing (NGS) test data based on direction from medical director, technical director and R&D staff
  • Create and maintain processes for automated assimilation of genetic sequencing quality metrics, raw and aligned sequencing files, and variant calling data and information from numerous public databases and sources into internal databases
  • Create and optimize tools that facilitate the composition, storage and modification of interpretations within databases to be reported on genetic variants based on up-to-date literature and pathologist interpretation.
  • Data storage management including optimization of data transfer
  • Troubleshoot and manage programming, database and networking issues
  • Assist in the creation of software to increase the efficiency and accuracy of other laboratory functions that can be improved through programming
  • Assist in the preparation of procedures and other documentation relating to user interfaces, databases and analysis pipelines

Required Qualifications*

In order to be considered for this position the applicant must have met or will have met all the required qualifications prior to the start date of employment.

  • Baccalaureate degree in computer science/bioinformatics
  • Experience with programming and relational databases
  • Basic knowledge of molecular biology and genomics
  • Working knowledge of laboratory information systems
  • Minimum of 1 - 3 years experience in computer science/bioinformatics

For Senior level canddate must have:

  • Baccalaureate degree in computer science /bioinformatics, or Masters in computer science/bioinformatics
  • Experience with programming and relational databases
  • Knowledge of molecular biology and genomics
  • Working knowledge of laboratory information systems
  • Minimum of 3 - 5 years of experience in computer science/bioinformatics

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with Access, Visual Basic, Perl, R, Python, SQL, Bash, Linux/Unix
  • Experience analyzing next-generation sequencing data and knowledge of NGS file formats (e.g. FASTQ, BAM, VCF, BED)
  • Experience with and knowledge of databases and bioinformatics tools commonly used in NGS including IGV, GATK, SAMtools, BEDtools, Cosmic, PubMed etc.   

Work Schedule

This full time, 40 hour position is on the day shift, schedule will be Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. 

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.