Research Associate

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)



Working Title:

Research Associate

Appointment Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Salary Range:

$37,500 - $63,000

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Full-Time Permanent

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Position Summary:

The Research Associate/ Senior Biocurator position will support ongoing curation efforts underway for the Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen) research program directed by Dr. Jonathan Berg. Curation support will entail assisting the ClinGen working groups and expert panels with the data collection and analysis from literature curation to enable assessment of the relationships between genes, variants, and clinical diagnoses. This individual will be expected to participate in local meetings of the research groups and conference calls with international domain experts. Successful job performance will require learning and implementing the curation framework and protocols developed by ClinGen. The Research Associate- Senior biocuraor will track the progress of their curation projects and will also provide feedback on curation toolsets.

The selected candidate must have the ability to lead/contribute to preparation of publications and/or reports, make presentations within department and/or at professional conferences, and contribute to and lead exchange of research information through demonstration and instruction.

Educational Requirements:

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or related degree, plus 3 or more years of relevant experience in a research setting with a bachelor’s degree. May require terminal degree and licensure.

Qualifications and Experience:

Major responsibilities of this position include translating and integrating genetic information from primary literature and data from online genetic databases into biocuration databases to support genomic medicine research.

Ideal candidates must have the ability to comprehend and apply complex curation processes to various projects. He/she must also have the ability to read and critically evaluate the research literature to assess the state of knowledge about a genetic relationship, and to evaluate the strength of evidence provided. The selected candidate must have the ability to work independently while maintaining strong communication with the UNC-based curation task force as well as external collaborators. Also, the selected candidate must have knowledge of the scientific principles of biology, specifically the central dogma of genetics and a basic understanding of physiology and disease. Knowledge of online genetic databases such as OMIM, ClinVar and LOVD and familiarity with basic excel and database usage is required.

Candidates must have previous experience in management of small development groups or possess the interpersonal skills to supervise other junior members of the team.

Qualified candidates will demonstrate effective verbal and written communication, excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and hold high professional standards for their own work and that of others.

Equal Opportunity Employer :

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.




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Posted: 1/15/2021
Application Due: 1/29/2021
Work Type: Full Time