Human Microbiome Research - Computational Biologist
The UCSF Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine seeks a computational biologist to join the newly launched UCSF Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine (BCMM). The BCMM computational biologist will work in partnership with center-affiliated researchers and be expected to contribute to experimental design and to apply bioinformatics and statistical tools to enable analysis of shotgun metagenomic, metabolomic, transcriptomic, immunologic and clinical data.
Candidates will be expected to work independently and contribute as a member of a collaborative multidisciplinary team of immunologists, biostatisticians and microbial genomicists. The successful candidates will report directly to Dr. Susan Lynch, Director of the Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine, but will work closely with collaborators across campus.
Responsibilities: • Contribute to study design. • Apply statistical tools to enable independent and integrated analyses and interpretation of shotgun metagenomic, metabolomic, transcriptomic, immunologic and clinical data. • Apply and develop bioinformatic tools as necessary for integrative analyses of multi-dimensional datasets. • Present updates and findings at group and scientific meetings, and lead manuscript preparation for publication in peer-reviewed journals. • Contribute to research as part of a large multidisciplinary team.
Requirements: • Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics, Statistics, Microbial Ecology, or a related discipline. • Specialist appointed at the Full rank must possess (or in process of obtaining) a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) in Bioinformatics, Statistics, Microbial Ecology, or a related discipline. • Applicants must have obtained the required degree for the Specialist rank by the time of hire. • Knowledge and understanding of bioinformatics tools for metagenomic assembly, genome binning and strain-level genome reconstruction. • Knowledge of bioinformatics tools for transcriptomic (RNASeq) analyses. • Expertise in a scripting language (Perl, Python) is required - experience with relational databases, R, and other Unix tools is preferred. • Applicant’s materials must list (pending) qualifications upon submission.
Additional Desired Qualifications • Demonstrated ability to work within a collaborative research team and effectively interact with a broad range of colleagues from distinct disciplines. • Ability to work independently and productively and to troubleshoot • Superb organizational, and record-keeping skills • Excellent written and oral communication skills and demonstrated capacity to accurately and effectively present projects to multi-disciplinary audiences
Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions and may participate in University and Public Service. Appointment to a rank within the specialist series will be based on qualifications and experience:
Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.
UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
Internal Number: JPF02937
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