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Postdoctoral Research Associate I - Division of Informatics

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Postdoctoral Research Associate I - Division of Informatics
Department Medicine (0713)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

We are looking for a computational system biologist or a translational bioinformatician (bioinformatics) to join both the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatics (CB2) and Center for Innovation in Brain Science as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to serve the research enterprise.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent scientist with written communication skills and strong analytical skills. The candidate should be able to demonstrate capacity to identify and solve analytical problems using clinical datasets. A successful candidate will be an enthusiastic individual who can work independently, at the same time be a team player capable of working with collaborators and scientific team members.

This position will be working under the direction of both Dr. Yves A. Lussier, Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics (CB2) and Dr. Roberta Brinton, Director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science. CB2 conducts pioneering research informatics techniques including systems biology, data representation through ontologies, and high-throughput analytical methods in precision therapeutics and clinical genomics. This initiative is complemented by a $400 million investment of the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) and the development of a new Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics and a new Center for Innovation in Brain Science. The Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics (CB2) is the academic lead for translational informatics research, and is located in the BIO5 Institute that fosters collaborations among 200 faculty computational biologists, biologist, clinicians-scientists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and bioengineers.

UAHS has committed $22 million to expand the clinical utility of its open-source, patient-centric analytic methods to aid physicians in interpreting the dynamic disease-associated gene expression changes arising from patients’ own DNA blueprint. UAHS CB2 will be launching system-wide dissemination of an on-demand “case-based reasoning” system that intelligently searches and analyzes entire databases of electronic medical records. This will give clinicians the power to develop an individualized and effective treatment plan for unusual or complex clinical conditions, grounded on practice-based evidence.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

The department is seeking an individual who is able to work with diverse students, trainees and colleagues, and who has experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been recognized on Forbes 2015 list of America’s Best Employers in the United States and has been awarded the 2015 Work-Life Seal of Distinction by the Alliance for Work-Life Progress! For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

Accepting a new position is a big life step. We want potential candidates and their families to be able to make informed decisions. Candidates who are considering relocation to the Tucson or Phoenix area, and have been offered an on-site interview, are encouraged to use the free services offered by Above & Beyond Relocation Services (ABRS).Ask your department contact to be introduced to ABRS prior to your visit.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Contribute to scientific projects where clinical informatics analyses are required.
  • Conceive and submit scientific papers and grants jointly with the team.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a quantitative science (e.g. computational biology, bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, physics, etc.).
  • Graduate degree required (e.g. PhD, MD, PharmD, etc.).
  • Two years of experience or training in statistics, clinical informatics or public health.
  • Highly proficient (four years) in at least one programming language (e.g. Java, Python, R and/or SAS).
Preferred Qualifications
  • Over four years programming experience.
  • Experience with the challenges of short read sequencing technologies.
  • Experience with challenges in gene expression, copy number variation, and other genetic anomalies.
  • Experience in neuroscience is a plus.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Postdoctoral Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $50,000 - $70,000, DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P20223
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Tanya Gonzales

Open Date 07/14/2016
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 07/25/2016
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement
Quick Link for Internal Postings

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Do you have a least four years of experience in at least one programming language (e.g. Java, Python, R and/or SAS)?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a graduate degree (e.g. PhD, MD, PharmD, etc.)?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have a undergraduate or graduate degree in a quantitative science (e.g. computational biology, bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, physics, etc.)?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have at least two years of experience or training in statistics, clinical informatics or public health?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents