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Research Programmer I

Research Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. USC is consistently ranked among the nation’s most prestigious universities, and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology features one the world’s best degree and research programs in gerontology. The USC Davis School has an international reputation as a hub of aging research and, with additional strong programs throughout the university leads the way in defining and advancing the field of gerontology.


The Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is looking for a Research Programmer I, Health Research to join its Bioinformatics Core team.

The mission of the Gerontology Bioinformatics Core (GBC) is to facilitate the development of data analytic procedures to enable the translation of big data into research findings. The GBC supports researchers in their application of computational approaches to study biological processes in aging.  In particular, we have a strong focus in using genomic data derived from diverse human cohorts to validate findings in model organisms to better understand the architecture of complex traits related to aging-related diseases and longevity. For more information about the GBC (https://gero.usc.edu/bioinformatics-core/) or the Davis School of Gerontology (https://gero.usc.edu), click on the included links.

The GBC is seeking a Research Programmer I to provide programming and analytical support for interdisciplinary projects that use large scale human datasets and genomics data. The key role of the individual in this position will be to calculate variables that will be used to answer research questions that will be instrumental in accelerating the pace of translational genomics relevant to human aging and for the development of therapeutic approaches for aging-related conditions.  The programmer will be an integral part of the research team and work closely with the core director to develop and implement coding approaches. Demonstrated knowledge of programming and/or scripting languages (i.e., R, SAS, STATA, python) is required for this position. The ideal candidate will be a person who has demonstrated skills in data analysis, particularly with large, longitudinal population-based datasets with race/ethnic diversity and/or omics data.

The individual will also manage large data files, document methods used in the analysis, and apply statistical methods as required for working with repeated measures data.

The position provides opportunities to gain advanced skills; be involved in innovative projects that span biological, computational, and genomic sciences; participate in project development and reporting on findings via grant applications and manuscripts. The individual will be involved in ongoing and developing research projects within the GBC and will be encouraged to further their own skills and training on efficient methods for examining genetic variation data or understanding the genetic architecture of aging-related diseases. Opportunities are available to analyze large-scale genotyping and next-generation sequencing data in multiple population-based human cohorts.

Required qualifications:

  • MA/MS degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, quantitative social science, molecular genetics, or a related field and experience using statistical genetics, translational genomics, or bioinformatics approaches for data analysis.
  • 1 or more years of experience coding with SAS, R, or STATA
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively on complex programming
  • Experience with large, population datasets
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
  • Good communication on technical and non-technical aspects of data analysis, tasks, and timelines

Preferred qualifications:

  • MA/MS degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, quantitative social science, molecular genetics, or a related field and experience using statistical genetics, translational genomics, or bioinformatics approaches for data analysis.
  • 3 or more years of experience coding with SAS, R, or STATA
  • Experience using UNIX-based environments and high-performance computing.
  • Highly organized 

The University of Southern California offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death, and dismemberment insurance, and short and long term disability insurance.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: In order for your application to be considered, a cover letter and resume must be attached.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities.


Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined work experience and education as equivalent Minimum Experience: 1 year Minimum Field of Expertise: Demonstrated creativity and innovation in solving conceptual programming problems. Competent to work independently on complex programming.


REQ20083644 Posted Date: 12/05/2019

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