Jobs in Computational Biology

***POSTED 3/23/17***

Research Fellow, Metagenomic Assembly

Dovetail is seeking one or more Research Fellows to develop and execute a research project in metagenomic genome assembly. The Research Fellow would coordinate with the Scientific Advisory Board of Dovetail Genomics and the Research and Development team to design and implement a research program using Dovetail’s proprietary approach to complete metagenomic assembly and annotation.

The idea candidate would have a Ph.D. in computational biology or a related life science or computer science discipline and research experience in the field of metagenomics assembly and analysis. The Research Fellow would have a semi-independent position with flexibility to direct his/her research project in line with broader company goals.

Key responsibilities:
• Design and implement an independent research project
• Work closely with Scientific Advisory Board and Dovetail Product Development team
• Communicate findings via scientific reports and scientific manuscripts
• Collaborate with experimental and computational groups at Dovetail for data generation and analysis

Desired Background and Skills includes:
• PhD in computational biology or a related life science or computer science discipline
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Desire to drive high impact scientific discovery in an industry research setting
• Experience with experimental and computational metagenomic assembly and analysis methodology

Dovetail Genomics is an early stage Santa Cruz-based start-up company developing cutting-edge genomics technologies for vastly improving genome assembly, uncovering critical structural variation information, and many other exciting applications in genomics. We are a diverse, talented, multi-disciplinary team innovating in the field of genomics, with the ultimate goal of leaving a lasting impact on the world by providing researchers and clinicians with tools for better informing biological understanding.

To apply, send your personal CV to careers@dovetail-genomics.com. No phone calls please. 

***POSTED 3/3/17***

Biostatistician
Job Tracking ID: 512790-551946
Job Location: Alexandria, VA
Job Level: Any
Level of Education: Masters Degree
Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
Date Updated: February 07, 2017
Years of Experience: 7 - 10 Years
Starting Date: September 30, 2016

Job Description:
Karna is seeking immediate placement for a Biostatistician to provide high level expertise in applicable public health disciplines to collect, abstract, code, analyze, and interpret scientific data contained within information systems and databases related to public health for current work with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office within the Department of Defense. The Biostatistician will be responsible for statistical analysis and reporting of captured data. Applicant will be expected to consult on design of statistical analysis plans, perform high-level statistical processes and report findings to multiple constituencies.

Responsibilities include:
• Design, develop, and implement research methods and advanced data analytic techniques to analyze key questions related to suicide prevention program and intervention outcomes and effectiveness.
• Utilize knowledge of social science, epidemiology, and public health literature, theories, and methods.
• Combine large and small data sets to explore hypotheses and answer research questions.
• Ability to conduct descriptive and inferential statistics, including regression and analysis of variance.
• Provide consultation on design of data processing systems, specifying the needed output, the required input and the methods of validation and quality control.
• Responsible for ensuring the statistical validity of study activities by solving problems occurring in the data collection process.
• Provide guidance and instruction on appropriate statistical evaluation methods and practices.
• Assists clients in interpretation of statistical results.
• Clearly summarize findings in oral, written, and graphical forms.
• Performs data replication studies and critically evaluates statistical procedures used to produce study results.
• Work with team to recommend and administer effective statistical methodology and strategies necessary for the creation, completion, and analysis of epidemiology or research projects and supervises the planning and designing of analytical procedures by others.
• Provide technical expertise, consultation, advice on statistical analysis, methods and techniques for data studies. Collaborate with other researchers in the healthcare disciplines.
• Convert highly statistical numerical output results into easily-understood written form for display in PowerPoint slides, Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.
• Perform data mining exercises to identify areas of excellent performance and areas of potential improvement.
• Apply statistical methods including, but not limited to: linear, logistic, and conditional logistic regression models, as well as survey statistics and survival analysis.
• Perform a variety of tasks relying on extensive clinical, statistical and information technology experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
• Prepare analysis plans and writes detailed specifications for analysis files, consistency checks, tables, and figures; communicate with clients regarding statistical analysis issues.

Experience and Skills:
Qualifications:
• Master’s degree or PhD preferred in Biostatistics, Computer Science, Statistical Mathematics, or other related field and/or discipline.
• 7-10 years’ experience as a Biostatistician using commercial statistical software packages, particularly SPSS.
• Experience with sample size calculations and methodologies.
• Knowledge of surveillance and case-control study design and analysis. Experience with a variety of different groups in various disciplines.
• Well-versed in Microsoft Office products.
• Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods to plan and implement public health programs.
• Familiarity with DoD policies and procedures
• Strong database skills particularly querying and transforming datasets for import into various applications.
• Knowledge of various healthcare data sources and clinical issues.
• Excellent written and oral communication.
• Strong attention to detail and problem-solving abilities.

Other Requirements:
• U.S. Citizenship.
• Previous or current Public Trust or higher clearance. Able to obtain CAC or PIV ready status prior to reporting for work.

• Obtain/maintain a favorable FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check), two forms of identity proofed identification (I-9 document), and submit a National Agency Check and Law Credit (NACLAC II) vetting package for processing.

• Maintain favorable FBI National Criminal History checks and ensure completion and successful adjudication of a NACLAC as required for Federal employment.

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Atlanta, Karna is an SBA certified 8(a), economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business dedicated to: 'Improving health through transformational strategies, evidence-based approaches, and effective technologies'. We are focused on providing programmatic and information technology (IT) consulting services for various government agencies and private organizations.

APPLY HERE.

***POSTED 3/3/17***

Public Health Analyst
Job Tracking ID: 512790-561953
Job Location: Alexandria , VA
Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
Level of Education: BA/BS
Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
Date Updated: February 03, 2017
Years of Experience: 5 - 7 Years
Starting Date: January 30, 2017

Job Description:
Karna is seeking a Public Health Analyst for ongoing work with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office. The candidate will serve as the principal advisor. He or she will direct and oversee multi-functional program activities. The candidate will also provide substantive program consultation, guidance, and assistance and is responsible for carrying out and promoting significant public health program activities with relative independence.

Responsibilities include:

Serve as the principal representative for a well-defined and established program of moderate complexity.
Provide subject matter expertise and working knowledge of DoD and Federal laws and policies affecting personnel and health related data collections to ensure that its data acquisition efforts are in compliance with all regulatory guidance.
Provide substantive program consultation, guidance, and assistance and is responsible for carrying out and promoting significant public health program activities with relative independence.
Establish and maintain an integrated system of information gathering and reporting devices and analyzes the data and assesses the program needs in terms of strategies, services, and resources.
Conduct research activities (extensive literature reviews), collect, and analyze data to address highly complex program needs. Develop and/or recommend program intervention, prevention, and/or control strategies.
Prepare reports for use in evaluating program operations and the other work incidental to the development of information gathering system.
Perform duties related to the development, extension, and improvement of health care and/or communications.
Establish and/or apply evaluation criteria and standards for multiple programs to measure monitor and ensure standards of adequacy, legal and regulatory compliance requirements, and program effectiveness are met.
Independently, or as part of a team, carry out public health projects and/or programs. Design, develop, implement, manage and evaluate all aspects of a complex, politically sensitive, or developmental special project or program within an assigned area.
Provide high level advisory services to agencies and organizations in developing, extending, and/or improving health care systems, public health strategies, communications and services. Analyze existing or proposed activities.
Identify needs for improvement and methods and resources required to accomplish improvements.
Perform difficult and complex advisory and assistance functions. Provide comprehensive technical and administrative advice and assistance to an assigned domestic or international project or program.
Resolve difficult management and administrative problems that prevent effective program application.
Plan, implement, and present training systems for health practitioners, researchers, and other professionals; conducts and/or assists in the development and delivery of training courses (e.g., community planning, prevention and intervention, outreach strategies, data collection, etc.); and assist with special studies and/or demonstrations.
Experience and Skills:
Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of specialized experience including oversight of public health programs.

BA/BS required, Master's preferred.
Experience in Suicidology or other behavioral health discipline.
Well-versed in Microsoft Office products, specifically in Excel and PowerPoint.
Proficient in the use of analysis software, namely SPSS.
Excellent written and oral communication.
Strong attention to detail and problem-solving abilities.
Ability to multi-task and re-prioritize to meet deadlines.
Other Requirements:

U.S. Citizenship.
Ability to obtain CAC or PIV ready status prior to reporting for work.
Obtain/maintain a favorable FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check), two forms of identity proofed identification (I-9 document), and submit a National Agency Check and Law Credit (NACLAC II) vetting package for processing.
Maintain favorable FBI National Criminal History checks and ensure completion and successful adjudication of a NACLAC as required for Federal employment.
Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Atlanta, Karna is an SBA certified 8(a), economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business dedicated to: 'Improving health through transformational strategies, evidence-based approaches, and effective technologies'. We are focused on providing programmatic and information technology (IT) consulting services for various government agencies and private organizations.

APPLY HERE.