Pennsylvania, United States
23 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

The Gene Therapy Program (GTP) is entering a new era of unprecedented opportunity with great potential to reshape the face of medicine as we know it. Our discoveries have set the stage for successful treatments and possibly even cures for devastating genetic diseases.

The laboratory of Dr. Jim Wilson, at GTP of the University of Pennsylvania has been a leader in the development of innovative vector technology for close to three decades. We have emerged as the ‘go-to’ organization for public and private partners, who want to participate in the gene therapy space. Currently we are positioned to lead another round of vector innovation and establish pre-clinical and clinical proof-of-concept in therapeutic applications of in-vivo genome editing.

We are currently looking for a Biostatistician to provide statistical design and data analysis for pre-clinical studies and clinical trials, performing secondary data analysis to support our programs.

As a Bioinformatician , you will collaborate and consult with internal scientists and study directors on the analyses of Next Generation Sequencing and other biologic method data. You interpret and present the results of the computational and statistical analyses to collaborators and assist collaborators with data access, analysis, and interpretation. You will build or internalize appropriate algorithms and techniques to answer defined biological questions, ensuring that results are scientifically robust and well documented. You will provide bioinformatics support including design and data analysis for projects to support and contribute to scientific peer reviewed publications. You will attend professional meetings and present authored work as invited.

Also, you will keep up-to-date with relevant with relevant algorithm and software developments in the field.

As a successful candidate, you will have a comprehensive understanding of biology and the application of bioinformatics methods in experimental design, assay qualification, and quality control. You must be proficient in statistical software language (Non- Clinical/Stat-specific). Having an understanding in biostatistics would be helpful but not required.

Master’s Degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, or equivalent and 3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required;

  • Ph. D. preferred but not required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Strong team contributor with effective leadership abilities
  • Excellent communication skills, especially in communicating statistical concepts to non-statisticians
  • Experience with biostatistics is helpful but not required
  • Programming proficiency and Experience with relevant software tools and; thorough understanding of cell biology and human physiology.

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