The Hampton University Cancer Research Center invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a full-time Research Associate position to work in the laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Luisel Ricks-Santi. This position requires a strong background in genomics and bioinformatics. The laboratory focuses on the following areas: cancer genomics and genetic epidemiology, the investigation of the molecular basis of germ-line susceptibility alleles, discovery of somatic mutations in tomors, and gene expression analysis.
Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically Black university (HBCU) located on the Tidewater Peninsula in Hampton, Virginia. It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution.
Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will work on datasets that include gene expression data, next generation sequence data, as well as Exome Sequence of tumor/normal pairs and high risk families.
Research projects in the laboratory involve the investigation of the following:
- The genetic factors associated with risk factors for breast and prostate cancer, including stress.
- Pleiotropy of common susceptibility alleles in ethnically diverse populations.
- Discovery of somatic mutations in tumors.
- Gene expression changes associated with tumor subtypes.
- Molecular toxicology of proton therapy.
Specific tasks include, but are not limited to the following:
- Operating all research laboratory equipment in a safe and effective manner.
- Performing other job duties as needed.
- Following instructions and procedures pertaining to the task at hand.
A doctoral degree in genetics, bioinformatics or a related field is required for this position. However, the candidate is ineligible from consideration if a maximum of 5 years of postdoctoral experience has already been reached. A strong background in cancer biology and experience in population research and/or analysis of large datasets is preferred. The successful candidate must have experience with programming skills such as: R, SAS, STATA, Perl, or Python. In addition, the applicant must have a high level of knowledge regarding next generation sequencing methods, gene expression methods, and analysis of next generation sequencing datasets.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter highlighting key qualifications and interests, a current CV, and 3 letters of reference to:Luisel J. Ricks-Santi, PhDDirector, Cancer Research CenterFrank Fountain Biomedical Research BuildingHampton University39 Tyler StreetHampton, VA 23668(757) 727-5631Luisel.RicksSanti@Hamptonu.edu*Hampton University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.