Computational Biology -Institute Research Investigator
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX, United States
Posted about 4 days agoExpires on May 18, 2019
MD ANDERSON THERAPEUTICS DISCOVERY
Within The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center lies a powerful engine driving the future of new targeted, immune- and cell-based therapies: the Therapeutics Discovery Division. Therapeutics Discovery eliminates the bottlenecks that hamper traditional drug discovery, with a multidisciplinary team of dedicated researchers, doctors, drug developers and scientific experts working together to develop small molecule drugs, biologics and cellular therapies. Our unique structure and collaborative approach allow the team to work with agility, bringing novel medicines from concept to clinic quickly and efficiently – all under the same roof.
The Therapeutics Discovery Division is built around four platforms: The Institute for Applied Cancer Science (IACS), ORBIT (Oncology Research for Biologics and Immunotherapy Translation), TRACTION (Translational Research to Advance Therapeutics and Innovation in Oncology) and the Neurodegeneration Consortium.
TRACTION is the translational biology team within the Therapeutics Discovery Division. We employ disruptive technologies, innovative biomarker approaches, cutting-edge pre-clinical modeling and unparalleled access to patient data to accelerate drug development and inform innovative clinical trials. Through integration with basic and clinical research faculty across MD Anderson Cancer Center, we leverage a team science approach with unmatched focus on patient-centric research. In partnership with the drug discovery engines of Therapeutics Discovery, TRACTION scientists execute ground-breaking translational science in support of our mission to advance our portfolio of novel therapeutic concepts into transformative treatments.
As part of the TRACTION platform, the Research Investigator in Computational Biology will contribute analytical and statistical support on programs that span the drug discovery and development continuum from target identification through clinical development. The candidate will integrate computational modeling with quantitative experimental data to understand complex biological systems and translate this understanding to support oncology drug development. These efforts will allow us to advance novel therapeutics currently under development by our Therapeutics Discovery teams and partners.
As a part of the Therapeutics Discovery team, you have the opportunity to use your talents to make a direct impact on the lives of our patients. We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative individual to join our Therapeutics Discovery team. Ideal candidates will have solid computer science and/or engineering/biostatistics obtained from an internship or work experience in addition to required education.
1.Independently proposes innovative solutions to research projects and contributes to project goals through computational biology data-analysis tools.
2.Independently design, implement and execute analytical pipelines to inform on target discovery, target biology, mechanism of action, and biology of response for targets of interest.
3.Proactively drive the development and application of cutting edge tools and methodologies to generate data and propose actionable hypothesis to support functional genomics, cancer biology, and translational biology.
4.Works closely with research team to quantitatively interrogate hypotheses around tumor related genes/pathways to further advance scientific discovery and clinical therapeutic drug development.
5.Perform common statistical analysis on biological datasets including parametric and non-parametric tests, data mining / machine learning algorithms.
6.Leverages oncogenomic datasets to identify targets, biomarkers of response, and develop clinical path hypothesis.
7.Designs, optimizes and troubleshoots alternative computational techniques for new biology-based technologies and datasets in order to decipher complex biological systems and enable research team to meet program goals.
8.Develop and utilize software for interrogation, visualization, and communication of multidimensional datasets to enable hypothesis generation and to gain insight into cancer biology.
9.Interpret, present and report research findings at internal meetings.
Required: Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, enzymology, pharmacology, chemistry or related field.
Preferred: Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Biostatistics or a related discipline from an accredited university. BS/MS in biological sciences from an accredited university.
Required: Six years experience of relevant research experience in lab. With preferred degree, four years of required experience.
Preferred: Strong foundation in both computer science concepts and molecular / cancer biology. Proficient in PERL/Python, UNIX, and statistical computing platforms (R, Matlab, etc). Experience manipulating large volume datasets and experience with high performance computing are essential. Familiar with appropriate data normalization techniques and analysis of batch effects. Course work in biology (genetics, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology) with an experimental laboratory component.
Previous hands-on experience working with computational and statistical tools for the analysis of biological datasets. Specifically, the applicant should have experience with machine-learning and/or data mining algorithms (ie. Clustering, classification, etc.), and experience utilizing common parametric and non-parametric statistical tests (ie. T-test, ANOVA, Wilcoxon- signed-rank test, Fisher's exact test, etc.) for data analysis. Development of statistical algorithms, or the comprehensive assessment of algorithms, for the analysis of multidimensional datasets.
Extensive experience collaborating with bench biologists, with examples where analytical methods enabled the validation of hypothesis.
Experience with experimental design, project planning and working in the context of timelines and deliverables is preferred. Application of relevant expertise in the areas of cancer biology, cell biology, genomics and drug discovery biology to project goals will be valued. T
Previous experience with next-gen sequencing analytics (alignment tools, mutational variant callers, ChIP-seq,etc). Experience with pathway analysis, network analysis, and transcriptional regulator networks.
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Employee Status: Regular
Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 85,000
Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 106,250
Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 147,500