I'm reaching out to do some professional networking to see if I can send out a unique job posting to the Worcester Linux User Group. We are looking for a seasoned Linux Admin for a unique role to work for the vaccine division of a local pharmaceutical company based here in Cambridge, MA. This position is a long-term contract approved through the end of this year with the likelihood of extending long-term, possibly perm. The role will have 'one foot' in IS, and the other in the Bioinformatics group. The focus of the role is administering a Linux cluster, supporting research scientists with some data modeling, supporting various relational databases etc. The Bioinformatics group will be moving to Cambridge so they will be replacing/upgrading the existing Linux cluster. The ideal candidate will have prior experience supporting several PhD level scientists with computational backgrounds, virology/biology as well as many other disciplines. It is a very visible role in that there is a huge initiative to strengthen the IS support specifically for the Bioinformatics organization.
I've attached the job description and look forward to hearing your thoughts and interest level in exploring this opportunity. Thanks in advance for your time and if you know of anyone who might be interested, I'm available to chat live any day with some notice. The hourly pay rate range on a W-2 contract basis (will not consider 1099 candidates) and the rate range is approximately $45-75/hour based on education and experience.
This SOW covers the costs associated with providing a Bioinformatics technical support resource in the R&D IS team as a resource to participate in and support the following R&D IS activities and projects:
· Implementing, testing and and managing applications used by Scientists working in the Sanofi Pasteur R&D Global Bioinformatics and Genomics group. This group uses both commercial and proprietary scientific computing applications running on LINUX, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Windows.
· Resource will be responsible for providing application support, including building applications from source, managing the deployment and scheduling of software applications on Unix/Linux clusters, migrating and configuring applications and ensuring inter-operability between applications.
· Providing effective communication between the IS infrastructure team (who provide LINUX, UNIX, Windows, and Oracle support), the R&D IS team, and the business users.
· Development of standardized data management (loading, updates, maintenance) and support procedures for specific applications, including Biowisdom SRS.
· Providing training to users on specialized applications as needed.
· Participating in the development and approval of standardized documentation for these processes, following Sanofi Pasteur documentation standards.
· Maintaining a high level of client satisfaction while meeting response time guidelines.
· Resolving Client Support Incidents and effectively communicate status, solutions and/or workarounds to clients.
· Properly documenting actions taken on all work for Client Support Incidents.
· Other specific projects to be defined by R&D IS management as needed.
The contractor is required from July 1, 2010 through to December 31, 2010, with the possibility of extension to 2011, depending on budget availability, project portfolio needs, and performance.
In addition to the project-specific deliverables described in the Scope of Work, the following deliverables may be required from the contractor for each project worked on:
A high-level project plan using Microsoft Project will be developed in the early stage of each project. The plan will list high level timelines and resource requirements. This plan will be further refined once the requirements document is complete. This plan will be reviewed and approved by a Sanofi Pasteur R&D IS representative. If the contractor is not the project lead then they will provide input to this document.
A requirements document will be developed in our IS eDoc document management system. This document will be developed through requirements gathering meetings with the business user and through requirements review sessions with the IS technical team. This document will be approved through the IS eDoc workflow process. If the contractor is not the project lead then they will need to provide input to this document.
If the contractor is a developer on the project he/she will develop or modify the code necessary to meet the requirements document. He/she will also unit test the code that has been developed or modified prior to delivering it to the project lead and business user for user acceptance testing. If the contractor is the project lead he/she will provide direction to the developers throughout this stage.
The contractor will oversee the testing of the changes to the system by developing test scripts with the help of the business users. These test scripts will trace back to each individual requirement in the requirements document. These test scripts will be developed in IS eDoc and reviewed and approved through the IS eDoc workflow process.
The contractor will oversee moving of the changes to the system into production. He/she will ensure all necessary documentation is approved and closed out in IS eDoc and the EPM time management system.
POSITION REQUIRED (ROLE)
A Technical Support Analyst with Bioinformatics experience is required for this role.
Technical expertise requirements include:
· Experience with Windows and Linux/UNIX operating systems are essential (Mac OS X and Solaris will be an asset), and experience with distributed computing is required.
· Proficiency with RDBMS-based (MySQL, Postgresql, Oracle) applications and database concepts.
· Proficiency with UNIX text processing tools and shell scripting.
· Proficiency with a major programming language (e.g. C/C+); scripting languages (e.g. Perl, Python)
· Understanding of web server, networking and network protocols.
· Solid understanding of the software development cycle, including testing methodologies and change management control, and experience out-sourcing and managing software development,
· Demonstrated previous experience supporting bioinformatics tools and applications. Examples may include molecular modeling applications, sequence analysis packages, genomic data analysis tools and data integration applications.
· Able to use Microsoft Office tools.
Professional requirements include:
· Resourceful problem solver with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to express technical ideas clearly
· Able to work effectively within a team environment.
· Good written and verbal communication skills required to deliver high quality Client Support and reliable follow-up to clients.
· Demonstrated ability to promptly handle problems, providing status updates, and documenting the problem and resolution.
· Present technical & functional ideas clearly while checking for client understanding.
· Experience in developing technical documentation.
· Experience with software testing, including development of test plans and detailed test scripts based on requirements and design documentation.
SKILLS REQUIRED *
The candidates must possess the following skills/education:
A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent.
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