Human Geneticist - Staff Scientist

The Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis
Job Location: 
Saint Louis, MO
Commensurate with experience
Job Description: 

The Genome Institute at Washington University in Saint Louis is looking for a Human Genetics research scientist to work with a dedicated team investigating inherited human diseases. As one of only three NIH funded large-scale sequencing centers in the United States, The Genome Institute is involved in numerous collaborations and projects ranging from small family-based studies to studies of thousands of unrelated individuals.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
* Evaluation and design of statistical analysis plans for sequencing-based projects ranging from small family-based studies to large, unrelated cohorts of thousands of individuals.
* Statistical analysis of next generation sequencing and SNP array data from human genetic studies.
* Cooperation with computer scientists to implement analysis pipelines for statistical analysis of high throughput sequencing data.
* Development of statistical approaches and study designs for optimally analyzing inherently noisy sequencing data to identify disease causing variants or loci.
* Interaction with teams of diverse internal and external collaborators including oncologists, computer scientists, biologists, and other geneticists/statisticians.


Required Qualifications:
Master’s degree with 4 years of experience in research lab operations or equivalent combination of education and experience equaling 9 years required.

Preferred Qualifications:
*Doctoral degree with 2 years of experience in research lab operations or master’s degree with 4 years of experience in research lab operations, or equivalent of 10 years combined of education and experience.
* 4+ years of experience in the field of statistical genetics.
* Graduate training in human genetics, population genetics, statistical genetics, genetic epidemiology, or similar fields.
* Experience with statistical software packages such as R. and genetic analysis tools such as PLINK, BEAGLE, or MERLIN.
* Some experience programming in Perl, C/C++, Java, or related languages.
* Strong communication skills.
* Ability to work effectively in a team and assist with manuscript preparation.
* Independent and self-motivated.
* Experience analyzing large genomic data sets. Prior experience with sequencing data is a plus, but not required.

Contact Information: 

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About Our Organization: 

The Genome Institute has been at the forefront of genome research since its inception in 1993 and has been a part of major scientific projects such as the Human Genome, 1000 Genomes and TCGA (The Cancer Genome Atlas) Projects. The Genome Institute is a world-leader in the generation and analysis of genomic sequence data and uses this data to extend biological knowledge of the human genome and provide clinically relevant sequence analysis aimed at understanding human diseases (such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease). In addition, the Institute fosters public understanding of genomic science through various educational and outreach efforts.