Department: Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month
Review of Applications Begins
April 30, 2018; open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please apply on-line by providing a brief cover letter explaining your background and research interests, CV including publications, and three professional references with contact information.
The Phillips lab, at the University of Oregon, conducts research on the structure and evolution of the genes and genomic elements underlying complex phenotypic traits such as behavior, sexual reproduction, life history, stress resistance, and longevity. Through a consortium with Rutgers University and the Buck Institute, they form the Caenorhabditis Intervention Testing Program (CITP). The CITP aims to find robust and reproducible chemical interventions to extend life by testing the effects of chemical compounds across may strains of the nematode Caenorhabditis and in multiple laboratories across the country. This is an opportunity to help translate discoveries in basic science to help improve the quality of life and human health.
The Phillips lab in the Institute of Ecology and Evolution is seeking a Manager for a Data Coordination Center (DCC) (Research Assistant/Associate) for the three-institute consortium project, the Caenorhabditis Intervention Testing Program (CITP).
The key responsibilities of the DCC Manager and Developer include:
• Maintaining and updating the project data pipeline from assorted lifespan and healthspan experiments at the three institutions to the centralized Filemaker Pro 16 database.
• Working with the PIs and technicians to simplify data quality control and metadata validation.
• Working with project scientists to provide reports and output files for statistical analyses.
• Writing or updating existing scripts that allow smooth exporting and importing of data from one platform to another, as well as defining new data types as the project implements new health-related measures.
• Working with the consortium institutes on any system-wide updates to software, operating systems, or specific experimental needs. We are testing a major upgrade to our Automated Lifepspan system which requires updating our operating system to Scientific Linux 7.
• Helping to maintain the systems integrity and integration of existing laboratory data acquisition systems, including our scanner-based automated lifespan machines.
The CITP project focuses on screening various compounds for their ability to extend the lifespan and “healthspan” of 21 isolate strains of three species of nematode worms in the genus Caenorhabditis.
• BSc, MSc (for Assistant) or PhD (for Associate) in computer science, engineering, mathematics, biology or a related field.
• Proven competence with Filemaker, MySQL, R and standard data formats in Excel.
• Experience working with scientific data in a multi-institutional or multi-department environment.
• The ability to work as a member of an exciting, interactive team.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Excellent time management skills requiring little direct supervision.
• An interest in the biology of aging, age-related diseases, or pharmacology.
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
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