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Diedre Ribbens

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High-throughput sequencing jobs

1/17/2017 5:18:41 PM

In our previous post, we explored biostatistics jobs. A natural complementary field to biostatistics is that of high-throughput sequencing. Sometimes called next-generation sequencing, or NGS for short, this technique is used across disciplines that involve genetics, including microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and personalized medicine. If you are looking for a great way to transition from academic science to industry, NGS skills are hot, hot, hot right now! So many startups are relying on scientists who can run their high-throughput machines, and larger companies are posting jobs for entire research groups focusing on NGS technology. Take a look at some of the jobs below available for entry-level scientists, recent Ph.D. graduates, and experienced Ph.D. researchers.

UCLA Health (Los Angeles) seeks a variant scientist to work in its pathology and laboratory medicine department. This scientist will work with a team of molecular biologists, medical geneticists and bioinformaticians with the goal of analyzing clinical cases using high-throughput sequencing assays. Requires a Ph.D. in genetics or a cancer-related field but does not require any additional licenses or certificates. Must possess an understanding of the molecular biology of laboratory genetics and genomics. Computer programming skills/bioinformatics experience would be useful.

Asuragen (Austin) seeks a senior scientist for its diagnostic products business. Design products for genetic disease and cancer testing. Collaborate with teams involving research, bioinformatics, regulatory and manufacturing operations to develop and bring to market novel PCR- and NGS-based assays. Requires a Ph.D. in molecular biology, biochemistry or a related field, as well as experience in multiplex PCR, NGS and mutation analysis.

AbbVie (Worcester, Mass.) seeks a senior scientist to work in its biologics generation group. This group focuses on drug-discovery projects in the area of humanized therapeutic antibody candidates. Candidates should be experienced in NGS and Sanger sequencing. The scientist will use automated versions of these technologies to identify and validate new therapeutic drugs. Requires a Ph.D. and four years of experience (or a combination of less education and additional experience).

Finch Therapeutics (Somerville, Mass.) seeks a research technician for its microbiology group. This group is characterizing human gut microbiota, specifically the bacterial species therein. The technician will use a high-throughput platform to isolate and identify gut microbes within biosafety cabinets and anaerobic chambers. Requires a B.S. in biology, chemistry or a related discipline, as well as experience working with microbial culture and molecular characterization of nucleic acids.

Q2 Solutions (Durham, N.C.) seeks a genomic assay development scientist to help develop and optimize molecular genomic tests using NGS. The scientist will forecast resources and financial requirements to run the testing system as well as identify and evaluate quality metrics for the system. Requires a Ph.D. or master’s degree in molecular genetics or a related field and a minimum of six years of molecular biology lab experience.

GE Healthcare (Lafayette, Colo.) seeks a scientist to develop research reagents for gene modulation and support existing products by conducting experiments and generating data. The scientist will use techniques such as RT-PCR/qPCR, nucleic acid purification, high-throughput cloning, NGS and more. Requires a bachelor’s degree with four years of relevant work experience in molecular and cellular biology and/or biochemistry.

Illumina (San Diego) seeks a process scientist for its consumables product development. This scientist will “become proficient in fabrication process (UV laser cutting, IR laser bonding, dicing, microfluidics, wafer patterning); use these processes in the prototyping and piloting of new products.” Working with cross-functional teams, the scientist will use these skills to develop new processes for manufacturing Illumina consumables used with its NGS platforms. Requires a Ph.D. in nanoengineering, materials sciences, physics, mechanical engineering, or a related field. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Computational/Integrative Biology (Cambridge, Mass.) seeks a research technologist for its CCIB DNA Core. This nonprofit research core laboratory within CCIB hosts “advanced instrumentation, methodologies, and expertise” to provide “a diverse portfolio of high-quality, cutting-edge services in the fields of molecular biology, genomics, and laboratory automation.” The research technologist will process medium- and high-throughput samples for molecular biology and genomics applications. Requires a bachelor’s degree or higher plus one year of related experience.

Looking for more jobs posts? Check out some of the other posts I’ve written about developmental biology, biodefense, molecular biology, pharmacology, sequencing, drug discovery, stem cell research, mass spectrometry, plant biology, microbiome, RNA research, genetics, protein purification, neurobiology, structural biology, cancer biology, microbiology, cell culture, biochemistry, cloning and virology, metabolism research, cell signaling, glycobiology, and kinase research jobs. Looking for other tips on how to search for jobs? I wrote posts on networking, strategies for job searching (part I and part II), how to decipher a job post, the job acquisition process, four things to consider when choosing a career, and navigating the two-body problem. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback or suggestions. Leave a comment or reach out to ASBMB on Twitter or Facebook!

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Biostatistics research jobs

1/6/2017 11:22:17 AM

Happy 2017, career-seeking scientists! One of the hottest fields for this new year is biostatistics. As healthcare and science generate more and more data, the ability to manage and mine that data becomes invaluable. If you love science, but perhaps prefer to be at a desk with a mug of coffee than at a lab bench with a pipette, biostatistics research might be a good fit. Statisticians get to ask the same types of research questions as bench scientists but often do not collect the clinical or bench data themselves. If you’re interested in biostatistics, you might want to learn Structured Query Language (SQL), SAS analytics software, or SPSS statistics software. These are essential tools in the world of biostatisticians, and knowing something about programming can’t hurt, either. Check out the jobs below, ranging from entry-level (recent grads should definitely look into opportunities at Johnson & Johnson) to experienced positions.

PCORI, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (Washington, D.C.) seeks a data analyst for its department of evaluation and analysis. The analyst will use current literature review to identify potential areas of research, design data-analysis plans and execute these plans, both independently and in collaboration with other PCORI team members, and summarize their findings. Requires a master’s degree or Ph.D. in a field related to health research, such as biostatistics, survey methodology, clinical epidemiology, health services research, economics, data analytics, public health, or psychology.

PCORI also seeks a program officer/biostatistician to be “responsible for strategic decision-making and high-level planning, management, and monitoring of the program portfolio, funded projects, and other program activities that advance PCORI’s patient-centered research agenda.” The program officer will consult on research direction and methods for PCORI and will publicly represent PCORI to seek funding, present at conferences, and monitor recipients of PCORI funds. Requires a Ph.D. plus three to five years of experience in a research discipline relevant to the methodology of patient-centered outcomes research (biostatistics, clinical epidemiology or health services research).

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Bethesda, MD) seeks a research data analyst to work in its patient registry operations department. The analyst will work with clinical data from the patient registry and other sources to design research studies and methodologies for research projects. The analyst will work with investigators to conduct and analyze research results, helping the research team problem solve and troubleshoot. Requires a master’s degree in computer science, applied mathematics, biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, or a similar field and a minimum of three to five years of experience designing, developing, implementing, and managing research databases using SQL and SAS.

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (Bethesda, Md.) seeks a research data analyst to “support the clinical research activities of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program with a focus on the African Cohort Study.” The analyst will assist with coordinating, collecting and monitoring data across many participating research sites in Africa, as well as summarize data to present to funders and collaborators. Requires a master’s degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, statistics, or a related field with experience conducting data analysis of clinical cohorts.

Denver Health (Denver) seeks a biostatistician to conduct statistical research and analysis with clinical data. Their analyses will be shared with principal investigators, external clients, management and other agencies. Requires a master’s degree in biostatistics or statistics, knowledge of SAS and proficiency in Word, Excel, and SPSS.

Denver Health also seeks a biostatistician to support its department of surgery in analyzing data for trauma and acute care surgery. The analyses will examine “drivers and outcomes after severe traumatic injury and surgical disease.” Requires a master’s degree in biostatistics or statistics and knowledge of SAS, SPSS and/or SQL.

Johnson & Johnson (Providence, R.I.) seeks a data science associate analyst at its new health technology center. This center, specializing in information technology and data analytics in the healthcare software field, will “tackle some of the most challenging issues that Johnson & Johnson faces today while dedicating additional time to create new and innovative solutions.” The team will accomplish this using mathematical models, mining data with algorithms, and creating tools to produce quantitative insights and forecasts from large datasets. Requires a bachelor’s degree obtained between June 2016 and June 2017 in a relevant field (information management, IT, computer engineering, management information systems, computer science, software engineering and development or biostatistics).

Genentech (San Francisco) seeks an associate statistical scientist with a biomarker focus. The applicant should have training and interest in genomics or a related field and experience in data analysis and related statistical methods for drug development and biomarker research. Genentech works in the field of personalized drug development. Requires a master’s or Ph.D. in statistics, biostatistics or a related field.

Looking for more jobs posts? Check out some of the other posts I’ve written about developmental biology, biodefense, molecular biology, pharmacology, sequencing, drug discovery, stem cell research, mass spectrometry, plant biology, microbiome, RNA research, genetics, protein purification, neurobiology, structural biology, cancer biology, microbiology, cell culture, biochemistry, cloning and virology, metabolism research, cell signaling, glycobiology, and kinase research jobs. Looking for other tips on how to search for jobs? I wrote posts on networking, strategies for job searching (part I and part II), how to decipher a job post, the job acquisition process, four things to consider when choosing a career, and navigating the two-body problem. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback or suggestions. Leave a comment or reach out to ASBMB on Twitter or Facebook! 

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Genetics research jobs

12/19/2016 1:59:35 PM

There’s a wide variety of ways to apply genetics knowledge. Whatever your research interest, if you have a background in genetics, you’ll find a lot of open doors and available jobs. This week, I’ve highlighted jobs at all levels of expertise in both academic and nonacademic research environments.

The University of Texas at Austin (Austin) seeks a research scientist to “(o)versee lab and perform research in genetics and regulation of iron acquisition systems and other virulence factors of Shigella and Vibrio species.” The research scientist will work in the lab of Shelley Payne to investigate the mechanisms that pathogenic bacteria use to acquire iron, as well as the role of nutrients, such as iron, in regulating virulence. The Payne lab focuses specifically on Vibrio cholerae. The scientist will evaluate results, determine new areas of study and manage lab personnel. Requires a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology as well as experience with pathogenic bacteria mechanisms of action.

Human Longevity Inc. (San Diego) seeks a research scientist in evolutionary and population genetics. The scientist will help develop, optimize and implement new methods and processes to analyze human genetic diversity. Requires a Ph.D. or postdoctoral fellowship focused on evolutionary or population genetics.

Joslin Diabetes Center (Boston) seeks a research assistant in pediatrics, genetics and epidemiology for a clinical pediatric research projects. The assistant will recruit, enroll, follow and schedule eligible patients (and their parents) into research studies, as well as prepare scientific publications and presentations of study data. Requires a bachelor’s degree in in behavioral/social or biological science and at least two years of research experience.

The University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.) seeks a research technician to work with murine models of infection. The lab’s research seeks to understand “how intestinal protozoa establish gut dysfunction and disrupt gut dysfunction and disrupt growth and development in malnourished children.” Requires familiarity with laboratory environments and ability to adhere to BSL-2 level pathogen containment requirements.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia) seeks a research associate to work in the Leukodystrophy Center of Excellence research program developing preclinical and clinical research models to improve treatment and diagnosis of leukodystrophies. The associate will phenotype models using behavioral phenotyping, immunohistochemistry, and genetic modification techniques. Requires a master’s degree and five to seven years of experience or a bachelor’s degree with 10-plus years of experience.

Harvard University (Boston) seeks a research assistant to help with the investigation of “genetic programs that are induced in neurons in response to brain activity, and the molecular mechanisms that allow these programs to control synapse development and plasticity.” Focusing on gene expression and regulation, the research will use human stem cell cultures and primary human/animal brain tissues in combination with high-throughput sequencing to understand the mechanisms in detail. Requires a background in college coursework in a related discipline and one year of related work experience.

The University of Minnesota (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.) seeks a researcher to work in the agronomy and plant genetics department. Participate in research, education and outreach. The focus of the department is on “basic genetics, biotechnology, plant breeding, cropping and agricultural systems, invasive species, and managed landscapes for the continued improvement of current crops, the discovery of useful attributers in plants, and the development of potential new crops and new cropping systems that are environmentally and economically sustainable.” Requires a B.S./B.A. in plant science or a related field.

Seattle Children’s Research Institute (Seattle) seeks a research scientist to work on cell and gene therapy at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The scientist will develop T-cell therapies for use in autoimmune and orphan diseases, focusing on those that affect pediatric patients. The scientist will do this using both gene-editing techniques and synthetic biology, ultimately developing cellular therapies with therapeutic properties. Requires a bachelor’s degree in an engineering or scientific discipline, preferably in the life sciences or immunology, with prior lab experience in a related area.  

Looking for more jobs posts? Check out some of the other posts I’ve written about developmental biology, biodefense, molecular biology, pharmacology, sequencing, drug discovery, stem cell research, mass spectrometry, plant biology, microbiome, RNA research, genetics, protein purification, neurobiology, structural biology, cancer biology, microbiology, cell culture, biochemistry, cloning and virology, metabolism research, cell signaling, glycobiology, and kinase research jobs. Looking for other tips on how to search for jobs? I wrote posts on networking, strategies for job searching (part I and part II), how to decipher a job post, the job acquisition process, four things to consider when choosing a career, and navigating the two-body problem. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback or suggestions. Leave a comment or reach out to ASBMB on Twitter or Facebook!