University of Washington School of Public Health

Job Listing

Back to all Job Listings

Research Scientist/Engineer 4 - UW Department of Biostatistics

Notice!This listing has expired and should not be applied for.
Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11289
Posted: March 30, 2017

The Department of Biostatistics of the University of Washington, through the Center for Biomedical Statistics and the Genetics Analysis Center (GAC), is engaging in an increasing number of analyses of genetic data, mainly from human population samples. These data sets include whole-genome sets of single nucleotide polymorphism data from microarrays and next-generation sequencing, as well as a variety of phenotypic traits of medical importance. All of these data sets are characterized by large size and complex interaction structure. The position requires care, efficiency and resourcefulness in the management of these data, in applying new methods of statistical analyses and in interpreting results. This requires exceptional computational and statistical skills. Specific knowledge of statistical genetics is desirable, but not essential. The specific projects generating the data change from time to time but they usually address issues of human health: either the causes of human disease or the causes of response to pharmaceuticals. The projects are from academic, non-profit and industrial institutions. Current projects include the Tans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Data Coordinating Center.


Provide data analysis, programming, experimental design, interpretation and reporting of results for statistical genetics/genomics projects, both independently and in collaboration with other staff of the Genetics Coordinating Center (GAC). These responsibilities involve the following activities:

•  Create, manipulate, and merge large and complex data sets.
•  Work with GAC faculty and staff to develop goals and strategies for data analysis and experimental design.
•  Stay informed about new methods in statistical genetics and understand how to apply them appropriately.
•  Program statistical data analysis of large data sets efficiently using parallel computing and other resources.
•  Develop, package and document software for use by GAC staff and others.
•  Summarize and communicate results of analyses to GAC staff and clinical collaborators.
•  Interpret results; identify potential problems and their solutions.
•  Prepare results for publications, work with collaborations in writing publications and, in some cases, take the lead in writing publications.


  • MS and 4 years of experience in a quantitative field of science where management and interpretation of large and complex data sets was undertaken.  This training should have made extensive use of advanced computational and statistical techniques.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Knowledge of or ability to quickly learn both the biology and statistics required for analysis of projects relating to translational, genetic, or genomic research.
  • Ability to detect problems in data or analytic results and find appropriate remedies.
  • Experience in statistical software packages (e.g. SAS, R, STATA, S-Plus, SPSS) and knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn specialized software packages for the analysis of genetic and genomic data.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to translate complex genetic or medical research questions into statistical questions.
  • Ability to write clearly and prepare results for publication.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
  • PhD plus 4 years of experience.
  • Experience in management, analysis and interpretation of large and complex scientific data sets.
How to Apply:

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

More Information