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Moores Cancer Center
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#113423 Research Data Analyst I

Extended Deadline: Mon 1/24/2022

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This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

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The Moores Cancer Center is one of just 51 in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient care and serving the community through outreach and education programs. The Cancer Center's mission is to translate promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the care of patients with cancer. The Center supports one of the broadest ranges of cancer activities in the nation - from fundamental and translational cancer research in molecular genetics and advanced molecular therapeutics, and from population studies of cancer incidence to community education about cancer prevention and risk reduction.

Under supervision of the Principal Investigator, the incumbent will assist in the review of computational methodologies and analysis techniques relevant to cancer research. The work associated with this position will be part of the Guo Laboratory at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. The incumbent will also work under the supervision of collaborators within the UCSD Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (BISB) group. The goals for this position are: i) assist with computational support for biologists and clinicians in interdisciplinary cancer research projects, ii) learn and develop bioinformatics tools and computational biology analysis methodologies, and iii) assist with preparing data and results for publication or dissemination as part of databases, web sites, electronic notebooks and other resources.

Our research work seeks to understand post transcriptional changes, including alternative splicing events, which are prevalent in head and neck cancer. We utilize computational biology methods to achieve a deeper understanding of these post transcriptional genomic alterations that are not readily apparent through sequencing alone. Splicing alteration and post transcriptional alterations represent an understudied gap in genomic knowledge that seeks to understand changes that occur between DNA mutations and ultimately expressed protein phenotypes in tumors. By harnessing computational tools, we can come closer to translating this genomic knowledge towards the delivery of precision cancer care in head and neck cancer.


  • Four (4) years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics, Physics, Engineering, Math, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, or related field.

  • Programming experience including Python through undergraduate courses or equivalent experience.

  • Practical experience with scientific and statistical computing environments such as R, Python, and Jupyter.

  • Practical experience with programming languages including Python and R.

  • Knowledge of bioinformatics methods, applied mathematics, computer science and statistics. Knowledge of computational biology approaches and tools.

  • Acquiring statistical analysis, systems programming, and database design skills to perform research analysis duties.

  • Knowledge of operating systems such as MS Windows, MAC, UNIX and Linux, with a willingness and ability to update and increase computer skills and knowledge as needed.

  • Ability to design, develop and test algorithms.

  • Successful, positive interpersonal communication skills needed to interact well with others to facilitate communication about project requirements, including the ability to discuss and understand day-to-day analysis team’s affairs, research plans, results and ideas with PI and other team members and collaborators in a constructive, professional and pleasant manner.


  • Experience in genomic sequence processing and alignment.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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