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Postdoctoral training in large-scale biostatistics

14 October 2010 Leave a comment

Reliable interpretation of genomic and genetic information makes unprecedented demands for innovations in statistical methodology and its application to biological systems. This unique opportunity drives research at the Statomics Lab of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology (http://www.statomics.com). The Statomics Lab seeks a postdoctoral fellow who will collaboratively develop and apply novel methods of statistical inference to attack current problems in analyzing data from genome-wide association studies and other high-dimensional biological data.

Experience in computationally intensive data analysis is essential, as is the ability to quickly develop reliable software implementing the statistical algorithms developed. Strong initiative, excellent communication skills, and reception of a PhD or equivalent doctorate in statistical genetics, statistics, bioinformatics, computer science, mathematics, physics, any field of engineering, or an equally quantitative field within four years prior to the start date are also absolutely necessary. The following qualities are desirable but not required: working knowledge of statistical genetics; familiarly with R, S-PLUS, Mathematica, 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 dbickel@uottawa.ca, with “GWA Postdoctoral Fellowship” 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.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

30 July 2010 Leave a comment

Reliable interpretation of genomic and neurological information makes unprecedented demands for innovations in statistical methodology and its application to biological systems. This unique opportunity drives research at the Statomics Lab of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology (http://www.statomics.com). The Statomics Lab seeks a postdoctoral fellow who will collaboratively develop and apply novel methods of statistical inference to attack current problems in analyzing transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, genome-wide-association data, and/or neuroscience data.

A thorough knowledge of computationally intensive statistics is essential, as is the ability to quickly develop reliable software implementing the statistical algorithms developed. Strong initiative, excellent communication skills, and reception of a PhD or equivalent doctorate in bioinformatics, computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics, any field of engineering, or an equally quantitative field within four years prior to the start date are also absolutely necessary. The following qualities are desirable but not required: expertise in bootstrapping and/or constructing accurate confidence intervals; a working knowledge of biology; familiarly with R, S-PLUS, Mathematica, 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 dbickel@uOttawa.ca, with “Postdoctoral Fellowship” 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.

Bioinformatics / biostatistics master’s studentships

19 May 2010 Leave a comment

Reliable interpretation of genomic and neurological information makes unprecedented demands for innovations in statistical methodology and its application to biological systems. This unique opportunity drives research at the Statomics Lab of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology (http://www.statomics.com). The Statomics Lab seeks new graduate students who will conduct original research involving the application of novel statistical tools to the analysis of transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, genome-wide-association data, and/or neuroscience data.

Each student will work toward an MSc degree in either the Biochemistry Program or the Mathematics Program at the University of Ottawa. Both programs provide the option of a Bioinformatics Specialization, and the Mathematics Program also offers a Biostatistics Specialization. Financial support is available.

Intellectual curiosity and high mathematical aptitude are essential, as is the ability to quickly code and debug computer programs. Strong self motivation and good communication skills are also absolutely necessary. The following qualities are desirable but not required: coursework in bioinformatics, computer science, numerical methods, numerical analysis, software engineering, statistics, and/or biology; familiarly with BUGS, R, S-PLUS, C, Fortran, and/or LaTeX; experience with UNIX or Linux.

To be considered, send a PDF CV that has your GPA and contact information of two references to dbickel@uOttawa.ca with either “Biochemistry” or “Mathematics” and any specialization in the Subject line of the message and with a cover letter in the body of the message. Only those students selected for further consideration will receive a response.

Categories: applications welcome

Research at the Statomics Lab

13 February 2010 Leave a comment

Overview

At the Statomics Lab, we discover ways to assess complex information relevant to health care, renewable energy, and other applications in the post-genomic era. Improved statistical methods of weighing evidence enable more reliable interpretations of both case-control measurements of genomes and experimental measurements of transcript, protein, and metabolite levels in the cell. A more thorough understanding of these data impacts biomedicine and biotechnology, targeting higher-quality health care and sustainable energy availability.

David Bickel and the trainees in the Statomics Lab are improving statistical methods of weighing evidence to enable more reliable interpretations of both (1) experimental measurements of transcript, protein, and metabolite levels in the cell and (2) case-control measurements of genomes.

Statistical systems biology

In the first component of the research program, the lab is developing statistical methods for the analysis of gene expression microarray data and other functional genomics data. The methods include the creation and testing of new ways to estimate levels of microarray gene expression. For example, this involves work on analogous methods for the case of unpaired data such as that of proteomics and metabolomics platforms and of single-channel microarrays and reliable estimation of the fold change of each gene. Since the emerging field of lipidomics has a need for such methods of data analysis, David Bickel is a mentor in the CIHR Training Program in Neurodegenerative Lipidomics.

Inferring genome-wide associations

For the second component of this research program in high-dimensional statistics, the lab is extending similar methods developed for gene expression data to genome-wide association (GWA) studies, as follows. We are developing and comparing statistical methods of estimating odds ratios while considering concerns about multiple comparisons. In particular, we are inventing shrinkage estimates in the presence of multiple comparisons. We are also creating methods of reliably approximating probabilities of association in order to obtain better point and interval estimates of the effect sizes.

More information

For details on the research summarized above, see the lab’s publications and preprints.

Bioinformatics / neuroinformatics student stipends

5 February 2010 Leave a comment

Reliable interpretation of genomic and neurological information makes unprecedented demands for innovations in statistical methodology and its application to biological systems. This unique opportunity drives research at the Statomics Lab of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology (http://www.statomics.com). The Statomics Lab seeks graduate students who will conduct original research involving the application of novel statistical tools to the analysis of transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, genome-wide-association data, and/or neuroscience data.

Intellectual curiosity and high mathematical aptitude are essential, as is the ability to quickly code and debug computer programs. Strong self motivation and good communication skills are also absolutely necessary. The following qualities are desirable but not required: coursework in bioinformatics, computer science, numerical methods, numerical analysis, software engineering, statistics, and/or biology; familiarly with BUGS, R, S-PLUS, C, Fortran, and/or LaTeX; experience with UNIX or Linux.

To be considered, send a PDF CV that has your GPA and contact information of two references to dbickel@uOttawa.ca with the degree sought (either MSc or PhD) and the preferred graduate program (either Biochemistry or Mathematics and Statistics) in the Subject line of the message and with a cover letter in the body of the message. Only those students selected for further consideration will receive a response.

Computational biostatistics student stipends

5 February 2010 Leave a comment

Reliable interpretation of genomic information makes unprecedented demands for innovations in statistical methodology and its application to biological systems. This unique opportunity drives research at the Statomics Lab of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology (http://www.statomics.com). The Statomics Lab seeks students who will conduct original research involving the application of novel statistical methods to the analysis transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and/or genome-wide-association data while earning a graduate degree in Mathematics and Statistics. For information on careers in statistics, see http://tiny.cc/Rqvnf and http://amstat.org/careers/.

Intellectual curiosity and high mathematical aptitude are essential, as is the ability to quickly code and debug computer programs. Strong self motivation, good communication skills, and a degree in bioinformatics, computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics, any field of engineering, or an equally quantitative field are also absolutely necessary. The following qualities are desirable but not required: coursework in computer science, numerical methods, numerical analysis, software engineering, statistics, and/or biology; familiarly with BUGS, R, S-PLUS, C, Fortran, and/or LaTeX; experience with UNIX or Linux.

To be considered, send a PDF CV that has your GPA and contact information of two references to dbickel@uOttawa.ca with the degree sought (MSc or PhD) in the Subject line of the message and with a cover letter in the body of the message. Only those students selected for further consideration will receive a response.

Categories: applications welcome

Postdoctoral training in statistical bioinformatics

5 February 2010 Leave a comment

Reliable interpretation of genomic and neurological information makes unprecedented demands for innovations in statistical methodology and its application to biological systems. This unique opportunity drives research at the Statomics Lab of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology (http://www.statomics.com). The Statomics Lab seeks a postdoctoral fellow who will collaboratively develop and apply novel methods of statistical inference to attack current problems in analyzing transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, genome-wide-association data, and/or neuroscience data.

A thorough knowledge of computationally intensive statistics is essential, as is the ability to quickly develop reliable software implementing the statistical algorithms developed. Strong initiative, excellent communication skills, and reception of a PhD or equivalent doctorate in bioinformatics, computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics, any field of engineering, or an equally quantitative field within four years prior to the start date are also absolutely necessary. The following qualities are desirable but not required: expertise in bootstrapping and/or constructing accurate confidence intervals; a working knowledge of biology; familiarly with R, S-PLUS, Mathematica, 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 dbickel@uOttawa.ca, with “Postdoctoral Fellowship” 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.