Genomic Analyst position atXenbase, theXenopus Model Organism database

Xenbase ( is theXenopus bioinformatics and genomics resource.Xenopus is a major model for fundamental cell and developmental biology and a model for human disease. Xenbase is a totally free, and globally accessible knowledgebase, used by biomedical researchers worldwide, and is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Xenbase has two performance sites: the curation team at Cincinnati Childern's Hospital, Cincinnati OH USA (PI:Dr. Aaron Zorn) and the software /database management team at the University of Calgary in Canada (PI Dr. Peter Vize).

Xenbase is seeking to fill 1 full time Genomic Analyst position to join the curation team at the Division of Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children's. This position offers a challenging job involving diverse tasks related to genomic data management and the integration of genotype and phenotype data. As part of the Xenabse team the Analyst will function at the interface between biocurators, database administrators and software developers to improve data curation; test and help optimize website functionality; interact with our user community at research conferences; develop programming skills; and contribute to Xenbase publications.

Job Description:

  • Management and "wrangling" of genomic data.
  • Help manage Xenopus genomes and participate in genome annotation and gene nomenclature.
  • Help test newly developed code features and provide feedback for developers.
  • Work with biocurators, developers and database administrators to promote data integrity.
  • Work with biocurators and developers on the technical specification of new features for the site.
  • Participate in data analysis and development of new ways to visualize data.
  • Help manage data exports for public use and data exchange with other databases.
  • Co-author reports and publications and give presentations at national and international meetings and workshops.


  • Bachelors and 1 year of expereince
  • MSc or PhD degree in bioinformatics and/or genomics.
  • Experience working with genomic data
  • Experience with a programming language such as Perl or Python
  • Experience with standard bioinformatic tools, analyses, and file formats (BLAST, BLAT, multi-sequence alignments, GFF, GTF, etc).
  • Demonstrated writing skills (scientific papers, reports and presentations).
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team as well as independently, efficiently (i.e., both quickly and accurately) and be self-motivated
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent written and spoken English.

Preference will be given to an applicant with:

  • Two years of experience with a bioinformatics, genomics or work with another model organism database
  • Experience in relational databases, data annotation/biocuration, knowledge of and familiarity with ontologies.
  • Experience in analyzing genomics data, using GRN software, genome browsers and common bioinformatics tools.
  • Experience with SVN or Git based version control, particularly GitLab, and continuous integration.
  • Experience in constructing and maintaining bioinformatic pipelines.

How to Apply:

Please submit your application by January 31th, 2020

with the following information:

  • A cover letter, including a statement of interest/purpose
  • CV/Resume.
  • Copy of your degree(s).
  • List 3 references/referees whom we may contact (please include their postal address, email and phone number).