A research assistant position is available at Dr. Kong’s group in the Computational Health Informatics Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. The group seeks to improve current clinical practices by providing expertise and insight from large­-scale and multi-­dimensional analysis in data­-sets from patients with neurodevelopmental conditions and other disorders.

 

The position is available for a motivated individual with expertise in data management and statistical analysis to provide insights from diverse multi­dimensional datasets in different frameworks, involving genotypes, diseases phenotypes and metabolomics.

 

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Manage high-dimensional datasets.
  • Apply statistical methods for exploratory analysis to understand the association within and between different datasets.
  • Ensure accurate and statistically valid deliverables, including drafting statistical analysis plans and participating in writing study reports and manuscripts.
  • Work independently on multiple ongoing projects with flexibility to adjust to new priorities.
  • Manage projects for integrity of data generation and ingestion.
  • Present the work in form of scientific publications and oral communications to the scientific community.

 

The group is located at Landmark Center, belonging to Boston Children’s Hospital, a teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard University. 

Qualifications
  • Proficiency with data management and analysis in R and database is required, experience with python and shell scripting is desirable.
  • Ability to organize datasets and connect them using matching ID as well as prepare them for downstream statistical analysis.
  • Familiarity with modern data analysis paradigms is required.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to effectively translate scientific concepts to multidisciplinary personnel.
  • Highly proficient in spoken and written English and professional communication.
  • Self-motivation to learn biological knowledge, statistical methods and visualization tools based on the need of the research projects.
How to apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining research experience, skills and interests, curriculum vitae (CV), and the names and contacts of two referees to Dr. Sek Won Kong (sekwon.kong@childrens.harvard.edu).

Publications

Geisler BP, Zahabi L, Lang AE, Eastwood N, Tennant E, Lukic L, Sharon E, Chuang HH, Kang CB, Clayton-Johnson K, Aljaberi A, Yu H, Bui C, Le Mau T, Li WC, Teodorescu D, Hinske LC, Sun DL, Manian FA, Dunn AG. Repurposing existing medications for coronavirus disease 2019: protocol for a rapid and living systematic review. Systematic reviews 2021.

Börcsök J, Diossy M, Sztupinski Z, Prosz A, Tisza V, Spisak S, Rusz O, Stormoen DR, Pappot H, Csabai I, Brunak S, Mouw KW, Szallasi Z. Detection of Molecular Signatures of Homologous Recombination Deficiency in Bladder Cancer. Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research 2021.

Geva A, Albert BD, Hamilton S, Manning MJ, Barrett MK, Mirchandani D, Harty M, Morgan EC, Kleinman ME, Mehta NM. eSIMPLER: A Dynamic, Electronic Health Record-Integrated Checklist for Clinical Decision Support During PICU Daily Rounds. Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies 2021.

Li J, Tiwari A, Mirzakhani H, Wang AL, Kho AT, McGeachie MJ, Litonjua AA, Weiss ST, Tantisira KG. Circulating MicroRNA: Incident Asthma Prediction and Vitamin D Effect Modification. Journal of personalized medicine 2021.

Larsen RJ, Gagoski B, Morton SU, Ou Y, Vyas R, Litt J, Grant PE, Sutton BP. Quantification of magnetic resonance spectroscopy data using a combined reference: Application in typically developing infants. NMR in biomedicine 2021.