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Staff Scientist

Pacific Northwest Research Inst.
Seattle, Washington State
Available upon request
Closing date
Jul 13, 2022
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PNRI invites applications for the interdisciplinary position of Staff Scientist, supervised by Drs. Lisa Stubbs and David Galas.  The Staff Scientist will take a leading role in the Decoding Stress initiative, an innovative research project exploring the genetic control of the neural and metabolic response to chronic stress and the subsequent development of systemic disease phenotypes.  The ongoing phase of the initiative includes human genetics studies. Subsequent phases will include experimental validation and mechanistic studies to help guide the development of translational outcomes, such as the development of biomarkers identifying individuals at high risk of adverse outcomes from chronic stress and the identification of individualized therapeutic protocols.

The successful candidate will apply established and newly developed mathematical and computational methods to analyze complex biomedical data sets generated from study data collected at participating hospitals in the initial phase. The Staff Scientist will have responsibility for study conduct, data analysis and interpretation, development of publications and grant applications, and will participate actively in the design of studies in subsequent phases.  The Staff Scientist will also take a leading role in the coordination and communication between PNRI laboratories and the collaborating clinical groups and interact closely with PNRI experimental and computational scientists in the overall implementation of the project. This position offers opportunities to develop leadership skills and to receive mentorship for career growth.


  • PhD or equivalent in Computational Biology, Mathematics, Statistics, Biostatistics or in a similar quantitative field
  • Knowledge of and expertise in human population genetics
  • Demonstrated ability to use quantitative analysis to generate relevant insights in complex biological systems
  • Minimum of two years’ experience analyzing human genetic data for population stratification
  • Demonstrated ability and motivation to manage interdisciplinary and multi-site research projects
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

PNRI requires vaccination for COVID 19 as a condition of employment.

How to Apply:

For immediate consideration, please submit a Resume and Cover Letter to:


About PNRI:

PNRI is an independent, nonprofit, biomedical research institute with a distinguished history of contributing scientific advances to improve health in a variety of disease areas. PNRI is committed to creating a diverse environment and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

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