Parasitologist Job Description Sample
Computational Biologist: Malaria
This position is a unique opportunity to join the malaria genomics group at the Broad Institute and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. We apply genomic and transcriptomic investigations to malaria parasites, mosquito vectors, and human hosts to understand the biology of malaria and develop tools and approaches informed by population genetics and evolution for its control. Specific interests of the group include drug/insecticide resistance mechanisms, antigenic diversity and its impact on vaccine efficacy, and transmission biology.
We are looking for a talented PhD-level computational biologist to join our team at the Broad. The successful candidate will develop and manage genomic and transcriptomic projects, actively and effectively manage relationships with collaborators around the world, assemble high-impact publications, assist in grant applications, and become an active and engaged citizen of the wider community of bacterial, fungal, and viral genomicists that make up the Broad's Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program. This position offers an opportunity for growth of an independent research program through development of new projects and acquisition of independent funding, and may be attractive to candidates who will soon be completing a postdoctoral fellowship.
The candidate will maintain a portfolio of projects that include highly collaborative efforts as well as independently conceived studies. She/he will interact closely with molecular parasitologists and computational biologists in the Neafsey Lab at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well as with the Associate Director of Malaria and Viral Genomics at the Broad and other malaria investigators at Harvard.
Perform analysis on large-scale genomic and transcriptomic datasets
Collaborate and clearly communicate with both computational biologists and molecular parasitologists to develop innovative and impactful collaborative projects
Design and lead independent projects
Give presentations on research to internal Broad/Harvard audiences as well as at international conferences, explaining ideas clearly and compellingly to both specialized and non-specialized audiences
Provide advice and mentoring to trainees
Contribute to the generation and curation of analysis pipelines and databases
Liaise with information technology groups within the Broad to manage data storage and computational analysis cluster resources
Ph.D. in computational biology, genetics, computer science, statistics, math, molecular biology, or related field, or equivalent practical experience.
Expertise in Illumina sequencing data analysis tools and general knowledge of statistical methods for genomic and transcriptomic data analysis.
Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate scientific ideas and results in oral presentations.
A publication record reflecting high productivity and the ability to write clearly.
Interest in infectious diseases and global health
Familiarity with population genetic and molecular evolutionary analysis methods, including tests of natural selection and phylogenetics
Fluency in Unix, standard bioinformatics tools (Python, R, or equivalent), and a programming language (C/C++, Java)
Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills
Creative, organized, motivated, team player
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Investigator, Malaria–Novartis Institute For Tropical Diseases
We are seeking a parasitologist with relevant expertise in the pre-erythrocytic stages of the malaria parasite. The successful candidate will lead from the bench a team of associates accountable for the design and implementation of biochemical/cellular assays aiming to support the discovery and pharmacological characterization of novel anti-parasitic drugs against Plasmodium.
Specifically the candidate will:
Lead efforts that enable other team members to work with Plasmodium sporozoites
Interpret primary pharmacological data and provide expert parasitology input to multi-disciplinary project teams supporting discovery and early preclinical development of drug candidates
Ensure integrity, quality, and timely delivery of data
Collaborate across disciplines to provide innovative approaches to discovery challenges
Communicate research strategy and results internally and externally
Relevant supervisory / management experience of similarly sized teams
Communicate internally and externally research strategy and results
Recruit, develop and manage talents
The Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD), relocated to Emeryville, California, is dedicated to fighting parasitic infectious diseases of high medical need in a dynamic working environment. NITD is an independent Institute within the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR), and as such has full access to NIBR know-how and resources including the chemists of the Global Discovery Chemistry group and the Infectious Diseases drug discovery teams (antiviral and antibacterial) co-located in Emeryville. NITD is renowned for applying cutting-edge technologies to the discovery of high quality clinical candidates for the treatment of neglected diseases. The Institute has a highly collaborative culture and has close links with academic centers of excellence and a broad range of non-governmental and philanthropic organizations around the globe (Wellcome Trust, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Medicines for Malaria Venture and Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative). EEO Statement The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Minimum requirements •Ph.D. degree or equivalent in relevant discipline with at least 3-5 years of research experience
Experience working with relevant Plasmodium parasite life cycle stages: sporozoite and liver stages
Demonstrated ability to critically evaluate and achieve assay robustness, reproducibility, and data quality
Team player with the capability to forge productive collaborations with colleagues
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Innovative mindset and collaborative spirit
Positive attitude and "can-do" mentality
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