Research Scientist (for 18 months)

University of Zurich
February 18, 2023
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Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

Research Scientist (for 18 months)

60 %

The Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development is a scientific center at the University of Zurich focused on youth development. The Center is a joint venture between the University of Zurich and the Jacobs Foundation. We are dedicated to interdisciplinary, developmental research that will ultimately improve the lives of young people. Our researchers come from the fields of economics, psychology, and sociology. We also collaborate with scientists from additional disciplines in our efforts to best understand the first decades of life.

Your responsibilities

Prof. Mike Shanahan at the University of Zürich invites applications for a Research Scientist with a strong interest in the interplay between context and gene expression.

The position is part of the research project "Socioeconomic status and the regulation of the genome" funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The main goal of this project is to examine how education, income, and occupation are correlated with gene expression patterns (mRNA abundance levels), as well as the mechanisms that might explain these correlations.

This position will focus on data collected in the United States (as part of Add Health) and is part of an international team that includes scientists from diverse backgrounds. Skills of the ideal candidate include:

  • Solid understanding of biological principles, metagenomics, bioinformatics terminology, and common sequence alignment programs.
  • Knowledge of the statistical principles behind current best practices in high-throughput molecular data analysis.
  • Familiarity in working with high-throughput omics data from populational studies.
  • Working knowledge of common bioinformatic pipelines in analyzing DNA and RNA-Seq Data.
  • Analysis of sequencing datasets (e.g. RNA-seq) with state-of-the-art methods to better understand biology and support target candidate evaluation.
  • Integration of multi-omics data in understanding biological pathways/processes driving patterns in populational data.
  • Proficiency in R, Shiny, Bioconductor, Command-line.
  • Your profile

    Requirements: PhD (discipline is open) with strong quantitative training. Strong methodological knowledge and skills, good command of English. The successful candidate should have excellent teamwork skills and be interested in going beyond disciplinary boundaries. Energy, focus, and critical thinking are assets.

    What we offer

    Research environment: We offer work in an interdisciplinary, international, and collegial environment located at Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development, the University of Zürich. This is a 60% position for the 18-month period. In addition, some travel funds are available to attend national and international conferences or workshops.

    Place of work

    Andreasstrasse 15, Zürich, Switzerland

    Start of employment

    Application: The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The position will begin as soon as possible.

    Applications should include: (i) a cover letter that relates the applicant's experience and interests to the project, (ii) a comprehensive CV, (iii) the names and contact information of at least two references, and (iv) an R code sample (URL or attachment).

    Please send the documents in one PDF fileto Prof. Mike Shanahan.

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