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University of Colorado Sr Professional Research Assistant in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Sr. Professional Research Assistant

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Position description

This position reports directly to the senior bioinformatician and PIs in the Department of Pharmacology and Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, and is responsible for performing rigorous and valid analysis and integration of multiple -omics datasets in collaboration with other scientists on the team. The successful candidate will have extensive computational and analytical skills and a demonstrated ability perform the tasks outlined below.

Please provide a detailed cover letter explaining your suitability for the position along with your research experience and goals.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Works collaboratively with other members of the team to provide high-level, professional, and scientifically rigorous data management and bioinformatic analyses.

  • Thinks independently and creatively to identify bioinformatic and data management solutions.

  • Creates and disseminates tools for all team members to access relevant clinical and sample data.

  • Develops and implements complex analyses pipelines, programming, and data visualization techniques for multi-layered -omics datasets (transcriptome, epigenome, proteome, microbiome, etc.)

  • Creatively and effectively integrates data from multiple sources to accelerate discoveries.

  • Collaborates with other team members to co-author abstracts, oral and poster presentations, and scientific manuscripts.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services at .

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background checks for all new employees prior to their employment.

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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Office of Equity:

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computational Biology or a related field such as Data Science.

  • At least two years of experience analyzing of next-generation sequencing data (e.g. RNA sequencing, ChIP-seq, microbiome).

  • Strong knowledge of statistical principles relevant in biomedical research.

Required competencies and skills

  • Strong programming skills in common languages/packages used for bioinformatic and statistical analysis and (e.g. R, Python, Perl).

  • Competency with UNIX-based command line tools and in-depth knowledge of shell scripting.

  • Experience running and troubleshooting jobs in high performance and/or cloud computing environments.

  • Ability to analyze and solve complex problems and apply quantitative analytical approaches.

  • Proven self-initiative and ability to catalyze new projects or ideas.

  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, ability to manage multiple projects and analysis requests.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Desired competencies and skills

  • Master’s degree or higher in Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Computational Biology or a related field such as Data Science.

  • Three or more years of experience applying bioinformatic tools to next-generation sequencing data.

  • Three or more years of experience working in an academic research setting.

  • Experience analyzing and mining cancer genomics, clinical data, and related data sets.

  • Experience with relational database management and querying (e.g. SQL).

  • Advanced statistical knowledge as applied to bioinformatics / genomics.

Job: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Faculty


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Aug 4, 2020

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Number 00734214

Req ID: 18938

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.