Project Scientist in Biological Chemistry
University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
United States

Project Scientist

Job #JPF06822
  • BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY / David Geffen School Of Medicin / UCLA

Application Window

Open August 23rd, 2021 through Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

Applications are sought for a full-time Project Scientist position. The successful candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary research team in the laboratory of Dr. Kathrin Plath’s Lab in the UCLA Department of Biological Chemistry. The focus of the Plath Lab is on understanding the gene regulatory mechanisms underlying cellular plasticity, differentiation, reprogramming and disease progression. To uncover such mechanisms, the studies in the lab are informed by two key processes: the reprogramming of somatic cells to the pluripotent state and the regulation of nuclear compartments and gene expression by long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs).

We are seeking a Computational Biologist to contribute to existing and new research programs in the group. The project scientist will work on analyzing data from diverse genomics methods to investigate different aspects of embryonic development, differentiation, pluripotent stem cell biology, and reprogramming. The candidate will apply novel and existing computational tools to analyze genomics data generated by the Plath lab or obtained from other resources. The project scientist will work closely with wet lab scientists to design, troubleshoot and interpret experiments and will lead the data analysis and interpretation. In addition to research, the position requires publication of research results, grant writing, and submission of research reports to sponsors. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in bioinformatics and in the analysis of genomics data such as ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, RNA-seq, Hi-C, SPRITE, RAP-DNA, RAP-RNA, WGBS, RRBS, and single cell data. The candidate will be motivated to learn and implement cutting-edge computational techniques, and will be excited to work with and develop teams within the lab.

A successful candidate(s) will have the following qualifications:
• PhD in a Biological or Computational Discipline
• Ability to work in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment
• Programming experience in Python and/or R
• Experience in analyzing genomics data and integrating different data types and a vast number of data sets
• Experience in establishing new methods and approaches

To apply please upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and provide names and contact information for 2 references. Start date is flexible.


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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
Reference requirements
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

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