Research Scientist

Updated: 9 months ago
Location: Columbus, OHIO
Job Type: FullTime

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Number of Positions Available 1
University Title Research Scientist
Working Title CAPS Research Scientist
Department CAPS
Department Location Columbus
Requisition Number 440634
Summary of Duties

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences, within the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks a Research Scientist focused on computational biology. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.

Support the research and training missions of the Center for Applied Plant Sciences through scientific collaboration and targeted instruction in bioinformatics and computational biology. Perform computational analysis of complex datasets including next-generation sequence and use bioinformatics analytical tools on high-performance computing clusters. Develop curriculum for, and lead instruction of, workshops and/or courses for both introductory and advanced bioinformatics training. Conduct continuing education in bioinformatics and computational biology for students and research personnel at all levels. Identify and define problems, solutions to which can be approached through a scientific research process. Identify and clarify barriers which impede solutions to research problems as well as specific items of knowledge which are required. Develop hypotheses to be tested and ways of doing so. Develop software and statistical methods for empirical studies. Manage and update both computing hardware and software as needed. Comply with institutional computing requirements. Evaluate datasets to establish relevance to the problem or problems being addressed. Prepare research results for publication in reports, papers, journals, books, and other media in collaboration with CAPS members. Prepare seminars, talks, lectures, and the like for dissemination of knowledge, at local, regional, and international meetings. Provide consultation with CAPS affiliates as needed to determine research priorities and plan programs of research.

All interested applicants should attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and reference page, which includes the mailing and email addresses and phone numbers of at least five references to their applications. Questions on this opening should be referred to: Dr. Jay Hollick (, CAPS director.

Additional Information for Applicants:
Pre Employment Screening Requires the successful completion of a background check.
Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. involving computational biology or bioinformatics
• Research experience analyzing next-generation sequence data
• Experience using a high-performance computing environment
• Programming experience in at least one of Perl, Python or Java
• Data management and database development experience
• Experience with writing and publishing articles in refereed journals
• Experience presenting papers to professional societies

Desired Qualifications

• Parallel computing experience
• Experience working in a multidisciplinary environment
• Experience performing genome assemblies

Target Salary $65,000.00 - $70,000.00 Annually
Job Category Research
Job Appointment (FTE%)


Full/Part Time Full-time
Temporary or Regular Regular
Posting Start Date 07/07/2018
Posting End Date 08/12/2018
Dept Contact Name Weitthoff,Jessica Ann
Dept Contact Phone 614/292-7656
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