Associate Project Scientist, Computational and Experimental tRNA Biology
University of California Santa Cruz
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Internal Number: 3478147
Associate Project Scientist, Computational and Experimental tRNA Biology
Position overview Position title: Associate Project Scientist, Computational and Experimental tRNA Biology Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Percent time: 90% time
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.
Position duration: Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment; a review to assess performance will be conducted. Reappointment is also contingent upon the availability of funding.
Open date: September 22, 2022
Most recent review date: Monday, Oct 24, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Friday, Sep 22, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Department of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for an Associate Project Scientist. Under the direction of Professor Todd Lowe, the project scientist will carry out basic research in transfer RNA biology integrating computational genomics, probabilistic RNA gene modeling, and large-scale biological data. Research duties will include computational analysis and curation of tRNA genes leveraging comparative genomics, RNA gene modeling, small RNA transcriptional data, epigenetics, and gene variant analysis. The project scientist will also lead the research development and regular maintenance of tRNAscan-SE gene detection software, the labs web server analysis software and interface, and develop the next generation of the Genomic tRNA Database (user interface & content curation). The project scientist will also be expected to present their research results at scientific meetings, co-author journal publications of their work, help train junior scientists in the lab, and co-author new federal grant applications. The project scientist will also supervise and/or perform scientific analytic duties associated with the Banana Slug Genomics Center.
Applicants with expertise in RNA gene analysis software development, creation of sequence analysis web servers, SQL biological sequence database development & maintenance, UCSC genome browser software development & content curation, transfer RNA biology, comparative genomics analysis (archaeal, bacterial, and eukaryotic), human variant analysis, epigenomic chromatin analysis, and RNA epitranscriptomics are strongly encouraged to apply.
The hiring unit will not sponsor employment-eligible immigration statuses for this position.
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Ph.D. (or an equivalent foreign degree) in biomolecular engineering, computational biology, or related field.
A minimum of five years' research experience in RNA-focused computational biology research.
A record of peer-reviewed publications in the area of RNA-focused computational biology research.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
Co-authored, peer-reviewed scientific publication
2-3 required (contact information only)
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