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Opportunity: BIOSTATISTICIAN @ Centre for Proteomic & Genomic Research -- Cape Town, South Africa
Submitted by kumuthini; posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013
BACKGROUND:
The Centre for Proteomic & Genomic Research (CPGR) seeks to hire a Biostatistician to complement a Bioinformatics project team participating in the NIH funded H3ABioNet program at the CPGR node. H3ABioNet is led by the CBIO group at UCT is leading an initiative with over thirty institutions around Africa to develop a Pan African Bioinformatics Network for the Human Heredity and Health (H3Africa) Initiative (http://www.h3africa.org/). The aim of the network is to build bioinformatics capacity in Africa and develop a bioinformatics support platform for H3Africa research projects.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Job duties include but are not limited to
* Being part of the H3ABioNet helpdesk task force to assist with statistical queries from H3A consortia.
* Providing statistical/bioinformatics support for large scale genomics/omics projects in a timely manner.
* Assisting life scientists with experimental design and data analysis.
* Training life scientists, bioinformaticians and computational biologists in basic and advance statistics.
* Taking part in various research projects carried out at the CPGR node
* (Co) Preparing training materials according to the HCD platform requirements.
* Assisting the node manager with network management duties.
* Supporting developers in designing software and algorithms.
* (Co) Creating grant applications to national and international funding organisations.

REQUIREMENTS:
* PhD or MSc qualification either in statistics, computer Science, medical statistics or health informatics.
* A strong background in bioinformatics or statistics.
* Three or more years' experience in statistical design and analysis of large-scale genomic projects.
* Familiarity with concepts in Next Generation Sequencing, Genotyping, Genome Wide Association analysis, SNP/Variant analysis.
* Working knowledge of Python, SAS, MATLAB, Statistica and R.
* Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
* Willingness to travel up to 20% of working time.
* Training skills are an advantage.

TERMS:
5 year contract renewable based on project extension.

LOCALE:
Cape Town, South Africa

COMPENSATION:
35,000 - 50,000 USD per year based on qualification and experience.

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates should submit a short cover letter and C.V. together with the names and contact details of two referees to surayah.hartley[at]cpgr.org.za by 15 April 2013. Applications will be accepted by email, fax (+27 21 447 3228) or post (Centre for Proteomic & Genomic Research, c/o Institute of Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine, Wolfson Pavilion Level 3, UCT Faculty Of Health Sciences, Observatory, Cape Town 7925, South Africa).

DEADLINE:
April 15, 2013

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