Job Information

University of Utah PS Sr Research Analyst in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 10/01/2021

Requisition Number PRN27854B

Job Title PS Sr Research Analyst

Working Title PS Sr Research Analyst

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F 8-5pm

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00943 - HSC Core Resrch Facility Oper

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 47600 to 90400

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Conducts advanced statistical analyses of qualitative and quantitative data and interprets results; participates in study design; writes research proposals, grants and manuscripts; and, works to broaden research within the associated program or department.

The Utah Center for Genetic Discovery ( UCGD ) Core Facility seeks a Senior Research Analyst with background and experience in immunological transcriptomics, genetics, metabolomics, and metagenomics analyses. The UCGD Core helps investigate the genetic basis for human disease by providing whole exome and whole genome sequence analyses for research and clinical projects ( ). We are currently expanding our service offerings to include immunomic, metabolomic, and metagenomics related analyses such as bulk RNA -seq, single cell RNA -seq, and interpretation of genomic data coming from DNA -seq/ CRISPR screens. The service expansion is being done as part of the Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Disease (3i) Initiative ( ). The successful candidate will join the UCGD Core and will work with 3i leadership and the UCGD Core team to design and implement a suite of genomics services to facilitate immunology research. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who will be comfortable taking on significant responsibilities including determining the direction and content of analysis workflows, identifying existing software tools to use for new service offerings, and deciding when to focus resources on new tool development. The selected individual will also need to manage projects and collaborations between the UCGD Core and investigators that use its services. There will be ample opportunity for research publication in this position both from the development of new analysis workflows as well through collaboration with other researchers at the University of Utah.


1. Oversees/conducts statistical analyses, employing methods of descriptive statistics, sample comparisons, regression analysis, survival analysis, mixed effect models and multivariate analysis.

2. Assists with study design development and other research as needed within the program or department.

3. Formats data for statistical analysis.

4. Manages data statistical packages ( SAS , S-Plus, SEERstat, SPSS ) and writes procedures in applicable program.

5. Makes recommendations to respective Principal Investigator (P.I.) as to preferable methods of analysis and research formats for proposed projects; may act as the P.I. in some departments.

6. Writes research proposals, grants, and manuscripts; directs preparation of manuscripts and presentation materials.

7. Reviews patient charts, death certificates, or other health information documents to obtain and verify data.

8. May devise methods and procedures for collecting data.

9. May travel to a variety of sites within and outside the University to coordinate research projects; and, acts as the University’s representative for a specialty area when contacting other departments and outside organizations.

10. May prepare and maintain regulatory documents associated with studies.

11. May supervise junior research staff.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

The successful candidate will:

· Analyze and design workflows to interpret RNA -seq, single cell RNA -seq, transcriptomic, metabolomic, and metagenomic datasets using command line and web-based computational tools

· Design metabolomic analysis workflows for genomic data coming from DNA -seq/ CRISPR screens

· Discuss potential projects with clinicians and researchers and provide strategic guidance on the best analysis strategies for diverse projects and grant proposals

· Present findings to investigators and stakeholders

· Manage data for multiple large-scale sequencing and analysis projects

· Develop processes and systems for efficient implementation of projects across academic departments and initiatives

· Foster scientific collaborations with the University of Utah community of researchers in the Immunology, inflammation, and infectious disease space.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalency; plus four years related research experience, and demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills also required.

A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers, and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


· An individual with an advanced degree is strongly preferred

· Previous experience with immunology and genetics research is a must. The ideal candidate will have a strong background and/or an advanced degree in immunology or related fields

· 2-5 years experience with immunology research

· Experience with metabolomics and microbiology is a plus

· Previous experience with RNA -seq data, scripting, and a basic understanding of probability and statistics that would allow interpretation of statistically based analyses

· Experience with Pathway analyses (GO, IPA , and GSEA ) is a plus

· Ability to work with large datasets in a variety of settings including the use of both web based and command line tools in a Linux environment

· Strong computational and computer programming skills, and excellent problem-solving skills

· Experience with bioinformatics tool development in languages such as Python, Perl, Java, or C is a plus

· Experience with R including single cell RNA -seq analysis tools like Seurat and Monacle is a plus

· Experience with analysis tools like Cell Ranger is a plus

· Self motivated – able to move projects forward independently when needed

· Collaborative – able to work interactively on projects with a variety of researchers, software developers, and medical professionals to enable discovery of disease-causing genetic variants

· Articulate – able to discuss research design and results effectively with clinical, research and technical teams

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.