Computational Research Scientist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2023


BSD E&E - Administration

About the Department

The Cobey Lab is a computational lab that investigates how protective antibody responses to influenza arise after infection and vaccination, how they affect the epidemiology and evolution of influenza viruses, and how a mechanistic, quantitative understanding of their dynamics can lead us to better vaccines and vaccination strategies. We collaborate closely with epidemiologists and immunologists. The Lab seeks several quantitative Computational Research Scientists to do statistical and computational research on projects ranging from the evolution of B cells, the development of protective antibody responses over a lifetime, the antigenic evolution of influenza viruses, responses to seasonal and universal influenza vaccines, the estimation of seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness, and the design of new vaccines. Please note the required, stock language below does not adequately describe the positions; please pay attention to the Unit-specific items. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the lab’s website, where the lab handbook can be found, and to contact Dr. Cobey with questions. We are also hiring at the BA and MA levels.

Job Summary

The job develops and implements programs to promote a research project or contributes to the scientific direction of a research resource.


  • Design and perform computational and statistical analyses related to the lab’s research.

  • Strive for reproducibility by maintaining well-documented, validated code.

  • Summarize research results in writing and in oral presentations, including at meetings and conferences. Prepare scientific manuscripts.

  • Develop new statistical and programming skills.

  • Develop deep expertise with literature relevant to research project.

  • Manage the research project with the PI.

  • Identify potential new research projects.

  • Creates first drafts for scientific writing and publications, including protocols and grants.

  • Trains and mentors laboratory personnel.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience publishing peer-reviewed papers and open-source code.

  • Experience working on scientific teams, including mentoring junior researchers.

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong quantitative skills, including in statistical inference.

  • Strong writing and communication skills.

  • Commitment to rigorous and reproducible research, including unit and system testing, and version control.

  • Experience managing projects, including delivering results on deadline.

Working Conditions

  • The role requires the ability to work independently for period of eight (8) hours or more.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


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