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Postdoctoral training in model selection & applications

2 December 2008


Scientific breakthroughs from genome-sequencing projects brought the realization that reliable interpretation of the resulting information makes unprecedented demands for advances in statistical methodology. As the complexity of genomic data sets drives innovative research in statistics, the Statistical Inference and Computation in Genomics (Statomics) Lab of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology attacks inferential challenges of importance to human health. The lab seeks a postdoctoral researcher who will collaboratively develop and apply statistical methods of model selection to solve current problems in analyzing transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, and/or SNP-chip data.

A thorough knowledge of statistical theory is essential, as is the demonstrated ability to quickly and accurately implement complex statistical methods in software. Strong initiative, excellent communication skills, and reception of a PhD or equivalent doctorate in biostatistics, statistics, or a closely related field within the four years prior to the start date are also absolutely necessary. The following qualities are desirable but not required: expertise in one or more methods of frequentist model selection; knowledge of biology; familiarly with R, S-PLUS, C, Fortran, and/or LaTeX; experience in a UNIX or Linux environment.

To apply, send a PDF CV that has contact information of three references to dbickel0@uottawa.ca (without the zero), with “model selection & applications” and the year of your graduation or anticipated graduation in the subject field of the message. In the message body, concisely present evidence that you meet each requirement for the position and describe your most significant papers and software packages with summaries of how you contributed to them. All applicants are thanked in advance; only those selected for further consideration will receive a response.