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Research Associate
Hampton University Cancer Research Center
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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, PhD
Director, Cancer Research Center
Frank Fountain Biomedical Research Building
Hampton University
39 Tyler Street
Hampton, VA 23668
(757) 727-5631
*Hampton University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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