Genomics Data Scientist (Department of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics)

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Mar 23, 2024
Full time Medicine & Dentistry Sciences and Technology: other

Job Description


Genomics Data Scientist (Department of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Genomics Data Scientist (Department of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics)

Job Profile Title
Data Analyst C

Job Description Summary
Are you passionate about genomics, big data, and contributing to groundbreaking research in the field of cardiometabolic diseases? The Vujkovic lab is seeking a skilled Genomics Data Scientist to perform genetics analyses in the UK Biobank, Million Veteran Program, and Penn Medicine Biobank. Dr. Vujkovic is a genetic epidemiologist and her research program focuses on leveraging genomics and real-world data for discoveries related to drug development and repurposing. We are specifically seeking individuals with a strong background in biostatistics, bioinformatics, and/or epidemiology.

Job Description

As a successful applicant, you will play an essential role in advancing cutting-edge multi-omics research to explore genetic mechanisms underlying cardiometabolic diseases with the ultimate goal of contributing to innovative treatment strategies.

In your role as Genomics Data Scientist you will lead studies end-to—from hypothesis formulation and study design to pipeline development, method assessment, implementation, and publication of results.

You possess strong data processing skills in the UNIX/Linux environment and familiarity with high-performance computing clusters. You will be working with diverse data types generated by various platforms and technologies, including clinical, genotype, RNA-seq, and proteomics data. Preferred qualifications include experience with genetic association studies, colocalization, genetic risk prediction, Mendelian randomization, fine-mapping and longitudinal data modeling.

The successful applicant will keep Dr. Vujkovic apprised of project progress, prepare written reports for publication and grant submission, and present results at national meetings.

This role role involves training of junior data analysts, students, and postdocs, especially in the use of genomics tools and resources


- End-to-end study lead: from hypothesis formulation and study design to pipeline development, method assessment and implementation.
- Analyze clinical/genomics data using statistical approaches such as longitudinal analysis, mixed-effect modeling, regression, and machine learning in large EHR-based biobanks, such as the UK Biobank, Million Veteran Program, and Penn Medicine Biobank.
- Implement bioinformatic methods for population genetics studies, such as GWAS, QTL colocalization, fine-mapping, (poly)genetic risk prediction, pleiotropy analysis, and mendelian randomization.
- Keep the PI appraised of project progress, and nation-wide collaboration.
- Prepare written reports for publication and grant submission. Present results at national meetings regarding new findings.
- This role role involves training of junior data analysts, students, and postdocs, especially in the use of bioinformatics tools and methods.


Bachelor of Science and 2 to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Ph.D. degree, in a computational or engineering discipline PREFERRED.
Completed coursework in biostatistics biology, computer science, and/or bioinformatics.
Experienced in Python/Perl and R programming language
Experienced in the UNIX linux environment and parallel/distributed computing
Experienced in statistical analysis
Ability to work independently and apply critical thinking and sound judgment
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $80,000.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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