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Bioinformatics Technicians

Descriptions & Duties

  • Bioinformatics Technicians assist bioinformaticians in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics through the collection and analysis of biological data.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Professional knowledge and skills in analysing bioinformatics data

Bioinformatics Technicians are responsible for using bioinformatics principles in analysing and creating bioinformatics products while working alongside bioinformaticians. Specifically, they apply bioinformatics tools to visualise, analyse, manipulate or interpret molecular data. This may include building and maintaining databases for processing and analysing genomic or other biological information. They also create related databases and apply this data in helping bioinformaticians create products related to computer information science, biotechnology, medical technology and other fields. A part of their job is to use various software tools in gathering and analysing bioinformatics data. They also stay abreast with the latest advances in bioinformatics and utilise this knowledge in the laboratory.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • Typically have a degree or above in genetic engineering, bioinformatics, biotechnology, biostatistics, biochemistry, data science, computer science or related field


  • Collection and analysis of bioinformatics data using software packages, statistical applications, or data retrieval techniques would be advantage.

Work Environment

  • Bioinformatics Technicians usually work in offices and sometimes laboratories assisting bioinformaticians to process and analyse bioinformatics data.