Research Scientist Genomic Medicine

Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
November 03 2021
Ref
144569
Discipline
Health Sciences
Organization Type
Healthcare/Hospital
The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

The primary purpose of the Research Scientist position is to apply technical expertise and experience to plan, coordinate, design, supervise and carry out research projects.

Key Functions
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, and participates in scientific research projects.
  • Participates in various scientific research projects to transform the approaches to improving cancer patient outcomes through integrating multi-platform omics data with clinical information, integration of genomic architectures, transcriptomic profiles, and mechanisms of carcinogenesis and metastasis, biomarkers prediction for disease diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy response, etc.
  • Collect, analyzes, integrates and interprets omics data, such as single-cell sequencing and spatial transcriptomics and proteomics datasets using established algorithms, tools and softwares.
  • Troubleshoot existing data pipeline processes, implements new softwares and tools, improves analytical approaches, and establishes computational frameworks to comprehensively characterize tumor cells and the tumor microenvironment.
  • Assists the principal investigator with scientific business on a daily basis to include: write and edit manuscripts; compile, write, and submit reports to the principal as directed and assigned, prepare and present data for publication or scientific meetings; maintain current and accurate records of research data; and, obtain and distribute pertinent research materials/data.
  • Works closely with and instruct students and postdoctoral fellows with bioinformatics tools and algorithms commonly used to perform computational analysis. Interacts closely with other research staff across institutional functional teams and contributes to project team.


CORE COMPETENCIES

  • IC - Coach & Develop:
    • Assess strengths and development needs of employees;
    • Provide challenging development opportunities; and
    • Provide relevant, timely feedback; mentor others.
  • IC - Build Relationships:
    • Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; and
    • Show sincere interest in others and their concerns.
  • IC - Provide Direction:
    • Provide clear direction and priorities toward a common vision;
    • Clarify roles and responsibilities for employees; and
    • Promote empowerment.


Ideal Candidate must be highly motivated, reliable, responsible, well organized and a careful record keeper with good attention to details.
  • Excellent manuscript writing and presentation skills are required
  • Experience working with single-cell sequencing, spatial transcriptomics, and immunogenomics data is highly preferred.
  • PhD degree in computational biology, bioinformatics, data science or a related field.
  • A strong computational background, proficiency in R and at least one additional scripting language (e.g. Python) and knowledge in biostatistics.
  • Experience working with high-performance computing environment.
  • A good understanding of cancer biology, immunology, and cell biology is highly preferred.
  • Proven track record of publications is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required as well as the ability to work well in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team environment.

Working Conditions

This position requires :

Yes

No

Working in Office Environment

X

Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic)

X

Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues

X

Exposure to harmful chemicals

X

Exposure to radiation

X

Physical Demands

Indicate the time required to do each of the following physical demands:

Time Spent

Never

0%

Occasionally

1-33%

Frequently

34-66%

Continuously

67-100%

Standing

X

Walking

X

Sitting

X

Reaching

X

Lifting/Carrying

Up to 10 lbs.

X

10lbs to 50 lbs.

X

More than 50 lbs.

X

Pushing/Pulling

Up to 10 lbs.

X

10lbs to 50 lbs.

X

More than 50 lbs.

X

Use computer/keyboard

X

EDUCATION:
Required: PhD in one of the natural sciences or related field or Medical degree.

EXPERIENCE:
Required: With PhD, no experience required. With Medical degree, two years of experience in experimental or scientific work.

Preferred: Five years of related experience to include research work at MDACC.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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