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Research Assistant

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Institute of Molecular Biology
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
September 1, 2018; position will remain open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please include a letter of application, CV and contact information for three professional references.

Department Summary
The Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) is a research institute that reports to the Vice President for Research and Innovation. We have 18 labs and approximately 150 employees, including 45 graduate students who train in our labs. We have an administrative structure, which includes accounting, purchasing, personnel, PI support, building management, and three service centers. Our annual budget is about $9.5 million, primarily from federal research and training grants.

Position Summary
The position of Research Assistant will involve engagement in independent research involving bioinformatics analyses of genomic sequencing results from the McKnight and the Libuda labs. Based on experience and interest, the position may expand into wet-lab techniques involving sample collection, library preparation, and analysis of genome sequencing datasets. There will also be frequent interactions with other members of the research groups; these interactions include training of new students in basic bioinformatic techniques and presenting at group meetings for the lab. This is a full-time position shared between the McKnight Lab ( and Libuda Lab ( to analyze genomics datasets for several research projects focused on chromatin remodeling, genome folding, gene expression, small RNA pathways, and DNA repair. Applicants preferring a part-time position will also be considered.

Minimum Requirements
Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in bioinformatics, computer programming, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, statistics, or a related field with at least one year of bioinformatics research experience with genomics datasets (in a non-classroom setting) and the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of backgrounds. Proficiency in programming (e.g. Python) and statistical analysis software (e.g. R) is required.

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