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This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Radiation Oncology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
A Bioinformatics Research Assistant position is available in Dr. Jin Zhang’s lab (https://sites.wustl.edu/jinzhang/) to work on computational biology and bioinformatics research. The candidate will play a critical role in carrying out computational data analyses using genomic and clinical data and documenting experimental results.
The position offers an excellent opportunity to conduct research in a supportive and stimulating environment, closely collaborating with computer scientists, biologists, and clinicians within the Department and with other Institutes across the campus, including Department of Computer Science, McDonnell Genome Institute, and Institute for Informatics (I2).
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conducts bioinformatics analyses using omics-based data sets and clinical features.
Assists in data storage, investigation, and dissemination of large data sets.
Works with research team to develop new algorithms to support genomics data analyses.
Coordinates research projects to effectively visualize data and convey findings to scientists, clinicians, and community members.
Helps maintain, support, and document tools, code, and data sets, and assists with reporting of methods, data, and results.
Bachelor’s degree in computer science, bioinformatics, biostatistics or a related field; or combined education and experience of five years.
Experience or course work completed in a statistical programming language, such as R.
Familiarity with Linux/Unix environment.
Highly motivated with excellent oral and written communication skills.
Background in biology and good understanding of computational biology.
Understanding of next-generation sequencing technologies and expertise in standard bioinformatics tools.
Understanding of statistical techniques for differential expression, survival, clustering, and gene set enrichment analysis.
Experience or course work completed in object-oriented algorithm design and implementation with Python, C++, and/or Java.
Experience with Git, Docker, Common Workflow Language, and Cloud computing.
The hiring range for this position is $15.46 - $20.88 per hour.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
The Cancer Biology Division within the Department of Radiation Oncology consists of a core group of clinical, physics and computational science investigators who use both archived and prospectively collected tumor samples to ask fundamental questions about radiotherapy efficacy and cancer biology. The Bioinformatics Group works closely with clinicians to identify biomarkers that can be used to stratify patients and to identify patients for targeted therapies.
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