Classification & Regular Hours
Hours per Week:
Technical Level 7
Please note, this is a 2-year, temporary full-time contract opportunity.
With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine fully supports the mission and values of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Members of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine strive to provide a quality work environment that fosters unity, respect for diversity, teamwork and professional growth.
The Research Associate will provide ongoing clinical diagnostic test development related to molecular genetics research. The incumbent will lead specific research projects that utilize genomic data to answer complex research questions using computational biology and in silico (dry lab) bioinformatics. The Research Associate will process and analyze research results and will publish and present findings locally and nationally. In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, the incumbent will develop new and innovative research approaches to achieve desired research outcomes. The Research Associate will facilitate research by providing guidance to internal and external clients regarding data, related methods and software tools and equipment, as well as best approaches for project development, implementation, and evaluation. The incumbent will carry out and oversee original and independent research, develop new research initiatives and substantially complete grant applications for the principal investigator. The Research Associate will foster and facilitate international research collaborations, coordinating national research efforts and projects from different sites.
- Masters degree in a relevant discipline (genetics, biology or biochemistry)
- 4 years' experience in computational biology and bioinformatics (including Post-Graduate research experience)
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Experience in biostatistics and scripting (writing code)
- Experience with computer languages (e.g. R, Python, Pearl)
- Substantial work completed on postdoctoral research portfolio in a directly related field; a strong publication record including first author publications, peer reviewed journals
- In-depth knowledge of the regulations and guidelines governing research in an academic environment and of best practices for reviewing and writing grant proposals
- Advanced skills in software and applications used to produce and analyze research outcomes
- In-depth knowledge of techniques for updating, managing and extracting data from a research database
- Project management skills to manage projects from conception to completion within tightly prescribed timelines
- Demonstrated expertise of scientific/research principles in computational biology and bioinformatics
- In-depth knowledge of methods for research design, implementation, and analysis
- Ability to collaborate across internal and external boundaries to meet common objectives, improve outcomes and support work beyond one's own unit
- Well-developed public speaking skills to engage individuals and audiences inside and outside the University
- Excellent written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to complete detailed reports and scientific publications
- Attention to detail with an ability to retrieve, analyze and synthesize sizable amounts of data, while ensuring that information is accurate and comprehensive
- Excellent oral communication skills with a demonstrated ability in public speaking
- A desire to grow and advance skills, which is demonstrated by attending conferences, workshops and other professional developmental opportunities to enhance performance
- Ability to remain highly motivated, resilient, innovative, and collaborative when faced with challenges
- Ability to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate the University’s events and activities
- Ability to interpret and identify key results or patterns in complex research data, and succinctly summarize findings
- Ability to apply critical thinking to evaluate information and make appropriate decisions or recommendations
- Ability to evaluate issues, recognize potential problems and take action to proactively resolve issues
- Ability to adhere to legislated safety requirements and Western safety policies
- Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals
- Familiarity with University policies and procedures preferred
Western Values Diversity
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
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We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.