Computational Research Scientist
University of Chicago
The Cobey Lab is a computational lab that studies the interplay of immunity and the population dynamics of respiratory viruses such as influenza and SARS-CoV-2. We explore how immune responses arise after infection and vaccination and shape viral epidemiology and evolution. Our aim is to use this information to improve vaccination strategies. We are looking for quantitative Computational Research Scientists to work on multiple projects. Projects include (a) modeling the longitudinal dynamics of individual immune responses, (b) examining variability in individuals’ responses, and (c) improving methods to measure vaccine effectiveness. These projects involve close collaboration with epidemiologists, immunologists, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists, including through the NIH-funded Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Consortium (CIVIC), the Centers for Excellence in Influenza Research and Response (CEIRR), and other NIH-funded research projects. These positions offer substantial opportunities for intellectual creativity, collaboration, and leadership. Remote, U.S.-based work is an option. Salaries are competitive and based on experience. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the lab’s website and to contact Dr. Cobey with questions.
About the Department
The job develops and implements programs to promote a research project or contributes to the scientific direction of a research resource. We are looking for quantitative Computational Research Scientists to work on multiple projects. Projects include (a) modeling the longitudinal dynamics of individual immune responses, (b) examining variability in individuals’ responses, and (c) improving methods to measure vaccine effectiveness. These projects involve close collaboration with epidemiologists, immunologists, ecologists, and evolutionary biologists, including through the NIH-funded Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Consortium (CIVIC), the Centers for Excellence in Influenza Research and Response (CEIRR), and other NIH-funded research projects.
Design and perform reproducible computational and statistical analyses related to the lab’s research.
Summarize research results in writing (scientific publications, progress reports) and in oral presentations at meetings and conferences.
Develop new statistical and programming skills and expertise with literature relevant to research project.
Collaborate with the PI to assist in managing the research project, including training and mentoring students, postdocs, and other researchers; setting project goals; and coordinating research with investigators outside the lab.
Develop new research projects to enhance existing collaborations and develop new ones.
Develop programs to perform analyses and generate both routine and ad hoc reports.
Designs and perform formal evaluation of informatics methods and products.
Performs other related work as needed.
Education:Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
PhD in related field, such as (bio)statistics, epidemiology, ecology, evolution, computer science, or (bio)physics.
5-7 years of experience (including PhD training).
Strong quantitative skills, including in statistical inference.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Commitment to rigorous and reproducible research.
Experience managing projects with multiple collaborating labs, including delivering results on deadline.
The role requires the ability to travel to meetings in the United States and abroad, including occasional lab retreats and meetings, if otherwise working remotely. (Travel expenses for research meetings outside Chicago will be covered).
Cover Letter (required) describing qualifications and research interests
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