Research Assistant Scientist

Classification Title:

RES AST SCTST

Job Description:

The Department of Epidemiology is recruiting a non-tenure track Research Assistant Scientist in genetic epidemiology of human complex diseases. This position will focus on identifying genetic, epigenetic or metabolic factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, mental illness, Alzheimer's disease or related conditions. The candidate will have opportunities to work on rich high-dimensional omics datasets, e.g., GWAS, EWAS, RNA-seq, metabolomics, proteomics, and neuroimaging datasets.

The candidate should have a PhD in epidemiology, quantitative genetics, bioinformatics or a related field. Preference will be given to the candidate who has strong computer skills (e.g., programming languages, quantitative genetic methods, and familiarity with UNIX-like operating systems) and excellent English writing skills. Experience with handling massive omics datasets and publications in genetic epidemiology are preferred, but not required. The candidate should have a strong interest in genetic epidemiology, be highly motivated to conduct scientific research, be able to work independently in team-oriented projects, and be consistent, responsible and accurate in scientific research. Of note, this position is only for applicants who have strong background in quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, and programming ability in genetic epidemiology research. Those who would like to work in a wet lab should not apply for this position. Starting salary will be commensurate with training and experience. 

The Department is situated jointly within the College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP) and the College of Medicine (COM), in the new Clinical and Translational Research Building, facilitating multidisciplinary research. Faculty members pursue independent and collaborative research; they also teach in the MS and PhD in Epidemiology Programs, the Master of Public Health program and also teach first and second year medical students. They are advisors and mentors to a wide variety of students. Our current faculty members are leaders in genetic epidemiology, aging, cancer, cardiac, chronic disease, environmental, infectious, substance abuse and psychiatric epidemiology.  The Department works closely with the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute and is home to HealthStreet and a Fogarty International Center Training Grant and multiple NIH and other grants.

Advertised Salary:

Salary is negotiable; commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

An appropriate doctoral level degree in epidemiology, quantitative genetics, bioinformatics or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications: Successful candidates must have substantial expertise in Epidemiology and a strong publication record. Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, a CV, and list of references. Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/. 

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

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