Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) center is a collaborative institution within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. At CEDAR our mission is to detect and stop lethal cancers at the earliest stage because early detection saves lives. This is an ambitious goal, one that requires novelty, creativity, and innovation. We are composed of biologists, chemists, biomedical engineers, computationalists, and clinicians conducting groundbreaking translational cancer research to help people maintain a high quality of life and reduce cancer mortality, to create a global early detection community, and to have a positive impact on the Oregon economy.
CEDAR is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. We at CEDAR are dedicated to promoting inclusion and multiculturalism to build a successful organization by having outstanding researchers of diverse backgrounds work together on multiple projects. We encourage high-risk, high-reward research projects because defeating cancer requires unproven, out-of-the-box thinking. Our research is milestone driven to ensure that each project is fulfilling its stated goals.
CEDAR funds its own research projects, expediting the process of discovery. Our research is milestone-driven to ensure that each project is fulfilling its stated goals. CEDAR offers a unique opportunity for outstanding, driven, and creative postdoctoral fellows to perform cutting edge and high-risk research, ranging from understanding basic cancer biology to developing novel technologies to aid detection. Our focus on early detection requires novel approaches to reliably identify small/rare signals in diverse data types, with an emphasis on minimally invasive sampling techniques.
Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:
We act BOLDLYBreakthroughs require pushing the boundaries of science, exploring new frontiers, and thinking differently
We SUPPORT each otherRespect leads to trust, which leads to excellence
We work as a CONNECTED team We must leverage our collective brain power to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it alone
The OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research seeks to address the need for increased representation of minoritized races/ethnicities in STEM at the postdoctoral level. Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Visit www.ohsu.edu/ofdir for more information.
We are currently hiring for a highly motivated fellow with expertise in Computational Biology to work on a funded project in liquid biopsy for precision oncology . The goal of the project is to develop and deploy technologies for analyzing cell-free RNA , cell-free DNA and extracellular vesicles in blood to monitoring patient response and the selection of therapy of metastatic cancer patients. In this role you would work with CEDAR and OHSU researchers including Dr. Thuy Ngo and Dr. Gordon Mills in the following areas:
Transcriptome/Epigenome Modeling and analyzing next-generation sequencing datasets that measure the transcriptome and the epigenome of cell-free RNA, cell-free DNA and extracellular vesicles in blood. Performing analysis of existing genomics data of cancerous cells to aid the design of cell-free RNA and cell-free DNA methylation assays. The successful candidate will use both existing tools and develop their own computational methods to analyze such datasets for characterization of healthy and cancerous patient populations.
Machine Learning/Statistics/Multiomics Developing machine learning methods and/or statistical models for feature selection, classification, anomaly detection, time series analysis, and multiomics data integration.
Prepare manuscripts, and present research findings as abstracts or oral presentations (travel may be required)
Attend weekly group meetings and 1:1 meetings to: 1) present data and interpretation of results; 2) troubleshoot research results and 3) suggest next steps
Attend research related meetings including but not limited to Thursday PM SPORE seminars, Cancer Biology meetings, journal clubs
Perform experiments utilizing appropriate lab or computational techniques with proficiency, evaluate results, and determine the next steps to complete project and present data. Think independently and problem solve. Stay on top of the literature and build skills to maximize the projects potential.
Duties as assigned
PhD with experience in the one of the following areas: genetics, epigenetics, computational biology, biophysics, bioengineering, statistics, computer science, machine learning or related fields
Minimum of 3 years as a graduate student
Self-motivated, hardworking and eager to learn new skills
Passion for science and inquiry
Excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems
Ability to synthesize ones own results and others to formulate hypotheses
Energy and drive to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
Experience with DNA and RNA analysis and next generation sequencing
Experience in working with existing software for the analysis of next generation sequencing genomics data
Experience in developing computational approaches for modeling genomics data
Programming experience with python/R
Background in one and more of following topics: pathway analysis, deep learning, classification, anomaly detection, and time series analysis
Ability to clearly communicate and collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds, including wet-lab scientists
Apply online. To be considered, please be sure to upload a Cover Letter and Resume/CV.
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