[Baypiggies] Bioinformatics Python Programmer

Benjamin Sergeant bsergean at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 18:16:48 CEST 2009

Agreed, the job looks very interesting. But I would say that one
should not be affraid to apply, even if you have very little knowledge
in bio-informatics.

I used to be the code monkey of a friend who had a PhD, was very
advanced in math and who was doing genetics (phylogeny) reseach. Most
of the stuff he asked me was to read biologic files in some weird
format and convert to something else / process them. If you are
somewhat good at data munging / tree algorithm and someone in this
company can help you grasp basics of biology then try to apply. The
most important is being willing to learn.

I had another friend who was a good OS system developer who worked for
a bio lab, he took over some code and optimized it like crazy (malloc
optimization -> completion went from days to milliseconds). I don't
think he knew anything in biology but he helped them a lot.

- Benjamin

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 8:14 PM, Rami Chowdhury <rami.chowdhury at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Oct 5, 2009, at 19:38 , Paul McNett wrote:
>> Glen Jarvis wrote:
>>> My team is looking for another programmer (yeah!)
>> [snip excellent stuff describing the job perfectly, as far as I can tell]
>>> I'm not a recruiter -- just looking for a python peer who would be
>>> excellent to work with.
>> Recruiters, take note! You get people to apply for your positions by
>> having a techie-type that is actually in the trenches TELL THE TRUTH about
>> the position! What a concept!
> +1. Very well said. FWIW, I'm not remotely qualified either (I can never
> keep thymine and uracil straight ;-)).
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