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


Open Date 08/03/2018

Requisition Number PRN17983B

Job Title Sr Research Analyst

Working Title Sr Research Analyst

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00246 - Human Genetics

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

The Marth Laboratory ( at theUSTARCenter for Genetic Discovery ( at the University of Utah is hiring a bioinformatician / genomic data analyst to work on the processing and visualization of large genomic data sets with tens of thousands of samples.

This job will entail running pipelines and command line tools on genomic sequencing data; diving deep into genomic data to answer critical research questions and generate new insights; working with investigators to better understand their research needs; and ultimately collaborating with a team of software developers to help improve the tools and web applications supporting visualization and visually driven analysis of large genomic datasets. For example, the University of Utah sequenced theCEPH(Centre d’Etude du Polymorphisme Humain) cohort, i.e. >40 three-generation families that have been central in establishing human genetic variation maps. The first task of the successful candidate will be to visually disseminate the sequencing data, along with critical scientific results, to the scientific community.


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.

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.

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


The ideal candidate will have an interest in genomics and bioinformatics and enjoy working with a passionate team that is trying to move genomic data analysis forward.

Experience running bioinformatic pipelines

– Experience working with and understanding genomic data

– Programming ability (e.g. python, bash)

Web application development

– Experience with data visualization

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

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