Job no: 227524-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Grant, Research, Contract Management, Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Research, Scientific, Other

Position Summary:

The Zhao laboratory focuses on translating high-throughput molecular data into biological insights and clinical biomarkers for cancer. We primarily generate and analyze NGS data from cancer samples. You will be responsible for designing and executing complex integrated computational research projects. This will include creating and maintaining computational pipelines for a wide variety of NGS data. You will also work closely with lab members on a variety of exciting and high-impact projects and will have the freedom and autonomy to lead independent research projects. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from a multi-disciplinary group of collaborators including clinicians, laboratory scientists, bio-informaticians, and bio-statisticians from around the country to grow your network and skillset. We look forward to working together with you to improve outcomes for patients with cancer.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Required Education:
Bachelors degree in bioinformatics or related field.

Preferred Education:
Masters or PhD degree in bioinformatics or related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Required Experience:
- If Bachelors, at least 1 year bioinformatics work experience.
- Experience in R, Python, and Linux command line.
- Experience in processing Next-gen sequencing data.
- Basic background in statistics (e.g. standard statistical tests, simple regression models).

Preferred Experience:
- Publications relevant to omics data analysis.
- Experience with DNA sequencing processing pipelines & data analysis.
- Experience with RNAseq processing pipelines & data analysis.
- Experience with microarray processing pipelines & data analysis.
- Experience with ChIP-seq processing pipelines & data analysis.
- Experience with methylation data analysis.
- Experience with clinical data analysis.
- Experience with public databases such as TCGA, CCLE, GDSC, etc.
- Experience with classical machine learning algorithms.

Desired Attributes:
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and in a team-oriented environment.
- Evidence of strong organizational and professional writing skills.
- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and assignments.
- Excellent written and oral communication and public presentation skills.
- Attention to detail.

Prefix assignment determined by years of relevant work experience.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $38,261 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

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Kirsten Gragg
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: Oct 1 2020 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Sep 1 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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