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Snr Research Assoc (WGS)

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Position Information

Position Title Snr Research Assoc (WGS)
Requisition # S00057P
FLSA Exempt
Location IIT-Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH), Bedford Park, IL
Department Institute of Food Safety and Health

The candidate will perform laboratory research for a FDA-funded project related to whole-genome sequencing and genomic data analysis of foodborne microorganisms including pathogenic, spoilage, allergenic and toxin-producing agents, and assist in bioinformatics training to food industry’s food safety personnel for genomic data analysis and submission. The successful candidate will co-author scientific publications and deliver presentations at scientific meetings under the leadership of the principal investigator and assist in communicating research findings to the sponsor and stakeholders.

Special Schedule Requirements


Education & Experience

PhD degree in Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Biology or related field that specializes in genomics or bioinformatics. Prior research experiences in molecular biology and foodborne microorganisms are highly desirable.

Knowledge & Skills

Strong knowledge of biology and genetics. Proficiency with Linux based operating systems as well as Windows. Proficiency in at least one of the programming languages, Python, C++ or Perl. Knowledge of relational databases is highly desirable. Skills in the bioinformatics programs commonly used in genomic analyses are required. Excellent experience with Word and Excel, or Open Office applications.

Works with minimal supervision, responds to complex queries and is pro-active in seeking a solution. Thinks critically and actively participates in discussions. Has meticulous attention to details in conducting and documenting scientific data, maintaining data and laboratory notebook, publications and SOPs. Previous postdoctoral experience in genomics or bioinformatics is desirable but not required.

Certifications and Licenses

List any certifications or licenses that are either required or helpful in performing the job, designating whether required or preferred.

No certification or licenses required. Successful candidate will be required to pass FDA Security Clearance and employment background checks.

Key Responsibilities

Key Responsibility

Design and perform laboratory experiments and data analyses in accordance with required specifications and established procedures to provide accurate research data.

Percentage Of Time 30%
Key Responsibility

Provides bioinformatics support, creates pipeline for data analyses, assist in maintaining local database for genomic sequences and prepare project reports for review.

Percentage Of Time 30%
Key Responsibility

Conducts experiments in a timely, accurate and cost effective manner. Assist in managing lab processes, supplies and equipment to achieve maximum output.

Percentage Of Time 10%
Key Responsibility

Assists in developing, documenting, updating and maintaining approved procedures for assigned science platforms. Plans, schedules and prioritizes on a short-term basis.

Percentage Of Time 10%
Key Responsibility

Assist in time management to complete project tasks and priorities. Participates in cross-functional teams including scientists from FDA and IIT to drive project results.

Percentage Of Time 10%
Key Responsibility

Assist in the development of grant/internal proposals for funding. Assist in developing internal status updates and reports in full draft form.

Percentage Of Time 10%

Posting Information

Work Hours

8.30 am to 5.30 am as standard office hours and on some occasions, work hours will vary according to experimental and research needs.

Position Category Full Time
Posting Date 11/18/2016
Closing Date
Posted Until Filled Yes
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents