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Tag: PYTHON

Looking back: the growth of Python

Since Guido van Rossum first released Python to the public in 1991, it has become one of the fastest growing major programming languages and established itself as the defacto language among varied scientific communities.

Python is particularly valuable to today’s forward-thinking industries and technologies, including data science and machine learning. Its intuitive platform makes it appealing for new programmers, yet it can also serve as a tool for more complex purposes.

Some of the features of Python include:

  • Minimal keywords, simple structure, and a clearly defined syntax
  • Code that is much shorter than former industry-leader JavaScript
  • A broad standard library that is portable and compatible on a number of hardware platforms
  • A mode allowing interactive testing and debugging of pieces of code
  • Tool customization for efficiency using added low-level modules

Master Python Programming

Brandeis GPS offers multiple online courses that teach the programming language specific to certain industries: Python Programming (FinTech), Bioinformatics Scripting and Python Programming (Bioinformatics), and Python for Robotics and AI  (Robotics). All three courses are available for professional development as long as students can demonstrate previous basic experience with a programming language (or undergraduate-level coursework).

Brandeis GPS offers rolling admission to our 12 fully-online master’s degree programs, so you can apply and be accepted at any time. However, we do have recommended deadlines if you are seeking admission for a specific term. The deadline to apply to our Spring 1 session is Wednesday, December 19. You can apply here. Those interested in taking a course who do not yet wish to pursue a full master’s degree can still take up to two online courses without officially enrolling.

To learn more about GPS courses or graduate programs, check out our website or contact gps@brandeis.edu or 781-736-8787.

SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS: Software Team Lead/ CTO

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Members of the Brandeis GPS Community may submit job postings from within their industries to advertise exclusively to our community. This is a great way to further connect and seek out opportunities as they come up. If you are interested in posting an opportunity, please complete the following form found here.

Where: This position is with a confidential company in Cambridge, MA. Applicants interested in the position will work with the New Dimensions in Technology Recruiting Agency.

New Dimensions in Technology (NDT) continues to be on the forefront of change. Our experienced Recruiting Team has seen industry trends come and go. NDT Recruiters have developed keen insight into companies that are most likely to grow and prosper. NDT also offers a proven track record of successful matching of candidates with client companies by understanding our candidates career goals and knowing the needs of our client companies and their corporate cultures. We have partnered with start-up companies to staff and grow their businesses into FORTUNE 500 companies; we have assisted our mid-size and large client companies in recruiting the most sought after superstars. No matter what the global economic conditions, NDT consistently delivers value to both new and long-time client companies and candidates.

Position: Software Team Lead/CTO

This company is seeking an intelligent and highly-motivated software team lead to work in an intellectually stimulating, fast-paced, startup environment. They need a lead architect to be responsible for managing a software development team as well as the overall software infrastructure of the firm.

Responsibilities:

  • Design, Code, Lead, Mentor

 

Click here to view further details on this opportunity!

To receive full consideration for this position, candidates are asked to submit a Resume/CV and Cover Letter through the recruiting agency’s online portal here.

Please make sure to reference seeing these positions through the Brandeis GPS job spotlight post.

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SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS: Bioinformatician/Microbiologist at IHRC, Inc.

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SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS

Members of the Brandeis GPS Community may submit job postings from within their industries to advertise exclusively to our community. This is a great way to further connect and seek out opportunities as they come up. If you are interested in posting an opportunity, please complete the following form found here.

Title:  Bioinformatician/Microbiologist, Full Time–assigned to the Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch (EDLB) within the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Where:  IHRC, Inc.– 2 Ravinia Drive-Suite 1750, Atlanta, GA 30346

About:   IHRC, Inc. provides scientific, information management and administrative program support to various Centers, Institutes and Offices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under several contracts.

 

 
   MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

•Work very closely with EDLB Bioinformaticians to process raw sequence data produced by Sanger and NGS, to identify, characterize and annotate genes found in sequence data, perform evolutionary and phylogenetic studies of sequence data, identify unique regions of pathogen genomes for use as targets in molecular diagnostic assays, and design oligonucleotide primers/probes for use in sequencing projects and foodborne bacteria pathogen detection assays.

•Analyze genetic sequencing data utilizing new methodologies or existing techniques that have been properly revised and validated.

•Develop, evaluate, and validate bioinformatics tools to establish correlations between unique genetic markers (extracted from whole genome sequences) and the species/serotype of foodborne bacterial pathogens.

•Perform standard molecular biology techniques, including but not limited to, manual and automated nucleic acid extraction, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Sanger sequencing, and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to develop and validate schemes to rapidly identify and subtype bacterial pathogens from complex matrices.

•Evaluate novel approaches to address human and commensal bacterial DNA in disease state stool, including clutter mitigation.

•Assist with the establishment of procedures for Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) of sequence data analysis in the context of this project.

•Assist in implementation of the developed assays by training laboratorians from state, county and local public health laboratories.

•Prepare reports, charts, graphs, and presentations as required.

 

   Minimum Qualifications and Technical Requirements:

•Must have successfully completed a full 4-years course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s and a higher degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) with at least 24 semester hours in mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, or informatics and 24 semester hours molecular biology, microbiology, or genetics.

•The successful candidate will have a 2-3 years demonstrated experience with bioinformatics, bioinformatics analytical tools, microbiology, and molecular biology laboratory techniques.

•Be proficient in the use of various whole genome sequence laboratory procedures.

•Be proficient in the analysis, assembly, and annotation of genomic data from a variety of sequencing platforms such as Illumina and PacBio.

•Have strong interpersonal skills since the work is to occur in a multidisciplinary team environment and extensive interaction with people across CDC and external partners is required.

•Have strong written and oral presentation skills.

•Be capable of developing and executing research tasks independently.

•REQUIRED experience with Illumina sequencing technology, molecular biology assay design, UNIX (BASH scripting) and cluster computing (SGE); experience with coding in PERL and/or PYTHON; experience with relational databases (i.e. MySQL, Microsoft SQL server), Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word.

•DESIRABLE experience with Microsoft Access, SAS, experience with metagenomics databases such as Kraken and MetaPhlAn, prior work with bacterial genome sequencing and analysis.

•The candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication

 

Contact Person for Job Opportunity:

Michael Astwood

678-615-3220

mastwood@ihrc.com

 

To apply for this position visit www.ihrc.com/careers . If already on the IHRC website, click on the job you are interested in and click on the apply button at the bottom of the page.

IHRC, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of IHRC, Inc. to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran or disability status and to take affirmative action in accordance with applicable laws and Executive Orders.

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