A Research Data Analyst position is immediately available in the Lab of Dr. Damini Jawaheer in the Division of Rheumatology. Our goal is to examine changes in the maternal transcriptome that occur during and after pregnancy – among healthy women and women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) – to gain insight into how pregnancy induces the natural improvement of an incurable disease like RA. We are seeking highly motivated and creative candidates who have an interest in RNA-seq data analysis (coding and long non-coding RNAs), with a focus on pathway analysis, co-expression network analysis, variant calling and eQTL mapping.
The analyst will utilizes multiple quantitative and qualitative datasets from a variety of sources and interprets results using various techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation via statistical analysis to complex data mining. Assists in the design, development and implementation of business solutions partnering with clients to identify analytical requirements. Compiles reports, charts, and tables based on established statistical methods.
*Please Note: This is a Term Appointment, through August 31,2024.*
Partners with clients to define requirements based on business objectives.
Develop standardized templates, policies, and procedures for internal and external reporting.
Designs and prepares documentation for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Completes a variety of statistical analyses using appropriate data and software
Merges data from multiple sources in preparation for analysis.
Interprets results of analyses for use in reports and presentations
Completes data cleaning and organizes data files for analysis.
Reviews data and Identifies quality issues
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
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Amazon Web Services (AWS)
High Performance Computing (HPC)
Linux Operating System
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook)
Programming Languages and Frameworks
R programming language
metadata creation and management
Collaboration and teamwork
iterative & incremental development
Workflow development & documentation
Master’s degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, statistical genetics, or related field.
Prior working experience with statistical analytical concepts and methods.
Prior working experience writing custom scripts and using standard bioinformatics tools, packages, algorithms, and databases to analyze high-throughput genetic and genomic data.
Prior working experience with high-performance computing.
Prior working experience processing and analyzing bulk RNA-sequencing data (e.g., HISAT2, EdgeR, Samtools).
Prior working experience processing and analyzing single-cell RNA-sequencing data (e.g., Cell Ranger, Seurat).
Prior working experience in eQTL mapping (e.g, FastQTL, Matrix eQTL).
Prior working experience in dimensionality reduction, clustering, and network analysis (PCA, hierarchical clustering, WGCNA).
Prior working experience with pathway analysis (e.g., IPA, Enrichr, GAGE).
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of biology and data science.
Ability to learn new programming languages as required.
Action oriented - Willing or likely to take practical action to deal with a problem or situation.
Coachability - Receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embracing continuous improvement.
Collaboration - Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one's own team.
Collegiality - Helpful, respectful, approachable; builds strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
Initiative - Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems.
Meets deadlines - Displays consistency and success in adhering to deadlines.
Multi-tasking - Demonstrates ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Organization - Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention to detail.
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