Department: MED-Center for Genetic Med Salary/Grade: EXS/7
The Research Data Analyst provides expertise in data management, quality assurance, analysis and reporting. Establishes data accuracy and validity derived from a variety of systems. Performs data analysis using statistical techniques. Interprets results in the context of scientific knowledge. Assists in dissemination of key findings. Provides statistical and computational support for experimental design and collaboration.
*This position is a one year term appointment.
Designs and prepares documentation for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Discuss findings with senior management.
Develop queries and quality metrics.
Interprets results using a variety of techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation to more complex statistical analysis.
Completes data cleaning and organizes data files for analysis.
Reviews data and identifies quality issues.
Presents findings in an appropriate manner.
Provides work direction and/or supervises staff such as team members, subordinates, contractors, vendors, students, etc.
Minimum Qualifications: (Education, experience, and any other certifications or clearances)
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in Biology, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Biostatistics, or other related field
2 years data analysis/report writing or similar experience required.
Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
High Performance Computing (HPC)
Linux Operating System
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook)
Programming Languages and Framework
database design/ data structure
metadata creation and management
read & interpret scientific literature
collaboration and teamwork
iterative & incremental development
Workflow development & documentation
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Knowledge of human genetics and genomics
Knowledge of biostatistics relevant to analysis of human genetics/genomics data
Proficiency in linux/unix high performance computing environment
Ability to work with large, complex human genetics/genomics datasets
Proficiency in R
Programming expertise, including data management, code documentation, version control, code dissemination, debugging.
Experience with data visualization
Proficiency in results dissemination (powerpoint, oral and written presentations)
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
2 years experience analyzing human genetics and genomics data, and reporting results.
2 years experience in Linux/unix and high performance computing environments.
2 years experience in using/developing software: programming e.g. python, expertise with documentation, version control, and code releases.
2 years experience with the standard suite of genetics tools (R, PLINK, GCTA, imputation, phasing, etc.).
MSc in Biology, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Biostatistics, or other related field.
Experience determining SOPs for genetic/genomic data analysis workflows.
Experience with flagship human genetics/genomics resources: e.g., GTEx, TOPMed, UK Biobank, ENCODE
Experience with dbGaP controlled datasets
Experience mentoring trainees
Experience onboarding new computational employees
Formal training in data visualization
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience with cloud computing
Proficiency in Python
Knowledge of machine learning
Knowledge of cancer biology
Experience with web design
Proficiency in database design and maintenance
Experience with reference manager (e.g., ENDNOTE, Zotero)
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 39417
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.