Computational Research Scientist

Employment Type

: Full-Time


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About the

UnitThe Cobey Lab is a computational lab that investigates how protective antibody responses to influenza arise after infection and vaccination, how they affect the epidemiology and evolution of influenza viruses, and how a mechanistic, quantitative understanding of their dynamics can lead us to better vaccines and vaccination strategies. We collaborate closely with epidemiologists and immunologists. The Lab seeks several quantitative Computational Research Scientists to do statistical and computational research on projects ranging from the evolution of B cells, the development of protective antibody responses over a lifetime, the antigenic evolution of influenza viruses, responses to seasonal and universal influenza vaccines, the estimation of seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness, and the design of new vaccines. Please note the required, stock language below does not adequately describe the positions; please pay attention to the Unit-specific items. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the lab’s website, where the lab handbook can be found, and to contact Dr. Cobey with questions. We are also hiring at the BA and MA levels.

Job Family

ResearchResponsible for all aspects of research projects and research facilities. Plans and conducts clinical and non-clinical research; facilitates and monitors daily activities of clinical trials or research projects. Directs engineering and technical support activities to develop and maintain tools and computational methods needed to gather and analyze data.

Career Track and Job Level

Research ProfessionalFacilitates and promotes a research project or contributes to the scientific direction of a research resource.P3: Requires in-depth knowledge and experience. Uses best practices and knowledge of internal or external University issues to improve products or services. Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective using existing solutions. Works independently, receives minimal guidance. Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

Role Impact

Individual Contributor


The job develops and implements programs to promote a research project or contributes to the scientific direction of a research resource.1) Uses subject matter and best practices knowledge to perform lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Works independently to assist with project design., 2) Solves complex problems relating to the administration of projects, including planning new procedures, adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project, and making significant contributions to methodology., 3) Guides data collection, evaluation and analysis. Designs and manages databases. Writes reports, articles and manuscripts., 4) Presents research findings at meetings and conferences, as well as to funding agencies. Conducts literature reviews. Develop and maintain liaisons and effective working relations with groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage cooperative management strategies or to develop information and interpret findings., 5) Performs other related work as needed.

Unit-specific Responsibilities

1) Design and perform computational and statistical analyses related to the lab’s research.

2) Strive for reproducibility by maintaining well-documented, validated code.

3) Summarize research results in writing and in oral presentations, including at meetings and conferences. Prepare scientific manuscripts.

4) Develop new statistical and programming skills. Develop deep expertise with literature relevant to research project.

5) Manage the research project with the PI. Train and supervise others to assist with the research.

6) Guide, motivate, encourage, and interact productively and professionally with other lab members and collaborators inside and outside the University.

7) Identify potential new research projects.

Unit-preferred Competencies

1) Strong quantitative skills, including in statistical inference.

2) Strong writing and communication skills.

3) Commitment to rigorous and reproducible research, including unit and system testing, and version control.

4) Experience managing projects, including delivering results on deadline.

Education, Experience, and Certifications

Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Advanced degree in in mathematical or scientific field


1) Experience publishing peer-reviewed papers and open-source code.

2) Experience working on scientific teams, including mentoring junior researchers.

Required Documents

1) Cover Letter

2) Resume/CV

3) References

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