Computational Biologist I - McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development

UT Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas, TX3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $45,000 - $64,000 a year

Perform professional work in support of scientific research using technical knowledge of software, software development, networking, and/or hardware in a complex computing environment. Subject matter expert in multiple areas of computing technology, and specific knowledge of molecular biology and genetics. Works collaboratively with Principal Investigator (“PI”) to determine the most suitable computational methods and tools to analyze large-scale biological data sets. Prepare reports for presentation or publication. Responsible for assisting PI in meeting the system needs for multiple research projects and/or labs.


1. Perform complex data analysis related to specialized research methodologies and results as assigned by the PI.

2. Develop and/or modify software to support new and ongoing research projects.

3. Develop and maintain complex databases to support new and ongoing research projects.

4. Train laboratory staff in the use of pertinent research systems.

5. May specialize in bioinformatics, software development, network administration, or hardware/software maintenance.

6. Perform other duties as assigned.


Master’s degree in Computer Science or a related field of biological science.

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field of biological science, and two (2) years related research experience in bioinformatics and computational biology.


Ø Work requires knowledge of computer technology (hardware, software, and programming) and basic knowledge of molecular biology or genetics or related biological science field.

Ø Work requires ability to communicate directly with software/database developers.

Ø Work requires ability to communicate and work with academic faculty, design creative solutions, both short and long run for software development needs in a bio and medical informatics functional area.

Ø Work requires excellent planning and organizational skills.

Ø Work requires excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.

Ø Work requires ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.

Ø Work requires telephone and personal contact with all levels of internal and external personnel and organizations.

Ø Work requires minimal physical exertion.

The following is the acronym, "PACT", and is fundamental to all non clinical positions at UT Southwestern Medical Center:

Ø P-Problem Solving: Employees take ownership in solving problems effectively, efficiently, and to the satisfaction of customers, or managers. They show initiative in addressing areas of concern before they become problems.

Ø A-Ability, Attitude and Accountability: Employees exhibit ability to perform their job and conduct themselves in a professional and positive manner reflecting a professional environment readily assuming obligations in a dependable and reliable manner.

Ø C-Communication, Contribution, and Collaboration: Who are our Customers? Anyone who requests our help, needs our work product, or receives our services. Employees focus on customer service with creative solutions while improving the customer experience through clear, courteous, and timely delivery and communication. Sharing ideas with others helps expand our contribution to department goals.

Ø T-Teamwork: Employees work to contribute to the department’s success by supporting co-workers, promoting excellence in work product and customer service, and in maintaining a satisfying, caring environment for each other.


Work is performed primarily in general office area.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents in lieu of stated minimums require prior approval of Vice President of Human Resources or his/her designee.

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code §51.215.


This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information


Salary Negotiable

**Other Duties: Performs other duties as assigned.

UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of: race; color; religion; national origin; sex; including sexual harassment; age; disability; genetic information; citizenship status; and protected veteran status. In addition, it is UT Southwestern policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.