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Post-doctoral position in biostatistical methods:
We are recruiting a post-doctoral fellow to support our program in
“Lipidomics of Tumour Progression,” funded by Alberta Innovates Health
Solutions. The initial term is for one year with possible extension for a
second year. The focus of this work will be on the application and
development of statistical and/or bioinformatics methods for the analysis
of metabolomics and lipidomics data. Metabolomics is an emerging research
platform in biomedical, toxicology and plant science applications but is
lagging in appropriate methods development.
The successful candidate will have a strong background in multivariate
methods applied to biological ‘omics’ data (genomics, transcriptomics,
proteomics, metabolomics, or lipidomics). Of particular interest is a
background in Bayesian statistical methods for probabilistic predictive
modeling. Proficiency with the R programing environment as well as
familiarity with the analytical methods of chemical analysis such as mass
spectrometry or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy are strong assets.
The candidate will be expected to: 1) develop a comprehensive knowledge of
the state-of-the-art statistical methods as applied to ‘omics’ data; 2)
incorporate specific considerations of metabolomics/lipidomics analytical
platforms in novel research methods development; 3) develop software to
implement methods; 4) compare existing and novel methods on specific data
sets, and 5) be responsible for the preparation of manuscripts and
This position will be formally based out of the University of Calgary
under the co-supervision of Drs. Aalim Weljie and Karen Kopciuk.
Significant travel will be required to partnering institutions in the
United States (primarily the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA,
but also including Harvard University, Boston, MA, and the Institute for
Systems Biology, Seattle, WA.). This will require the candidate to be
mobile for several weeks or months at a time to enable them to work with
methodologists with differing areas of expertise.
Please forward a cover letter, complete CV and contact information for
three referees formatted as a single PDF file to Dr. Aalim Weljie
) or Dr. Karen Kopciuk
). The position is available immediately and
applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
The University of Calgary is located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in
beautiful Calgary Alberta, and has been ranked by the Economist
Intelligence Unit as the 5th most livable city world-wide in 2012. We have
the youngest and most educated population in Canada, giving rise to
energetic world-class academic and extra-curricular opportunities.
The University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League research institution and
one of the oldest in the United States, consistently ranking amongst the
top institutions in national and international surveys. The Perelman
School of Medicine was the first medical school in the USA, and is ranked
#2 on the list of Best Medical Schools: Research by the US News and World
Report. Philadelphia has a vibrant artistic and intellectual community,
ranked #4 on the Lonely Planet “Top 10 US Destinations for 2013”.
Karen A. Kopciuk, Ph.D.
Population Health Research,
Alberta Health Services
- Cancer Care,
and Adjunct Assistant Professor,
Departments of Oncology, & Mathematics and Statistics,
University of Calgary
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