Postdoc Opportunity, Geisinger Health

JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for conducting research in genetic epidemiology, bioinformatics, quantitative genomics to explore the genetic and epigenetic underpinnings of obesity and related cardiometabolic diseases by leveraging extensive, existing genetic resources linked to phenotypic data derived from longitudinal electronic health records. The successful candidate will assume responsibility for a specific topic of interest within the research program and will have multiple opportunities for career development by assisting in the performance of analyses, drafting of grants, presenting research at national meetings, and drafting of abstracts and papers for the dissemination of research findings.

ABOUT GEISINGER: One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 200,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. As a learning health care system, Geisinger integrates research into all aspects of medicine and healthcare delivery. Research at Geisinger benefits from the system’s 20 years of electronic health records, its clinical data warehouse, and its rapidly growing biobank (more than 200,000 patient-participants consented for whole exome genetic sequencing, with over 90,000 exomes sequenced to date).

A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger positively impacts the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. Geisinger’s location in Danville, PA, is located within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. For more information, visit geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:

  • Demonstrates extensive knowledge base in genetic epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, quantitative genomics or related field.
  • Demonstrates strong critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of research methodology and research data collection.
  • Demonstrates expertise in statistical/bioinformatics software relevant to genomic data analysis and integration of a wide-range of data types.
  • Demonstrates strong teamwork skills and the ability to work effectively in a group environment.
  • Demonstrates exceptional organizational, planning, and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrates competence in written, oral, and electronic communication skills
    (interpersonal/communication and technological effectiveness competencies).

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Ph.D. in epidemiology, statistical genetics, bioinformatics, quantitative genomics, genetics or related field with appropriate bioinformatics/statistical genetics background required.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 1) Previous peer reviewed publications; 2) experience with programming, database management, and analysis software (R, PLINK, Python, SQL, STATA, Linux shell, DNAnexus, etc); 3) Familiar with publicly available data resources (NCBI, Ensembl, ClinVar, UCSC, WGSA, dbGAP, UKBiobank, EXAC, etc.)

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is typically performed in office environment.

OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.

TO APPLY: Please send a brief cover letter and CV to aejustice1 at Geisinger dot edu. Questions about the position may be directed to the same email address. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners. * Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality.

** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.

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