Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
About the Job This position is in the laboratory of Dr. Nathan Pankratz within the Division of Computational Pathology at the University of Minnesota where we seek to identify genetic risk factors for complex diseases such as pediatric cancer, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson disease, and Alzheimer disease. The lab has nine full time software programmers and data analysts, and the candidate will assist the principal investigator (PI) in managing the projects funding the lab, keeping track of tasks and moving manuscripts forward. Computer programmers and analysts are often very efficient with identifying genetic variants and developing new algorithms to do so, but they are not always adept at translating those into words and getting them developed into a manuscript. The successful candidate will help bridge that gap by working with the PI to determine which additional elements are needed to publish the findings, following up to ensure that they are not forgotten, and then incorporating them into the manuscripts. The lab also develops a lot of open-source software that we release to other genetics labs, and the candidate, depending on interest and aptitude could be involved with beta-testing of this software to test for bugs. Coding experience is not required, but would be welcome. The position will be remote for the next several months, but the expectation is that the candidate will relocate to the Twin Cities eventually and come into the office at least a couple of days each week.
Responsibilities • 40% time spent managing projects, and working closely with the PI to identify next steps in analyses, reports and manuscripts. • 40% time spent drafting new sections of manuscripts, working closely with analysts to ensure that the details being summarized are accurate. • (optional) 20% time spent beta-testing software that the lab develops and logging bugs found.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials. Required Qualifications: • BS/BA, preferably in biology, computer science or some other scientific field and 2 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience to equal 6 years. • Experience managing projects involving other people • Excellent attention to detail • Excellent communication skills and professional business communication style • Outstanding writing skills
Preferred Qualifications: • Expertise in project management • Exposure to software development • Experience writing scientific manuscripts
Internal Number: 339788
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