Research Assistant I - Integrative Biology Laboratory, Dr. Edward Stites

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, CA 920371002, USA
  • Apr 07, 2022
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description


The Integrative Biology Laboratory combines mathematical, computational, and experimental approaches to study the molecular networks that play important roles in cancer and human disease.  The laboratory has a diverse set of research programs that have been catalyzed by computational analyses of biological systems.  The laboratory is looking for two full-time Research Assistants who have strong mathematical and/or computational skills, the desire to do high quality work, and the commitment to learning and applying new methods at a high level.  Projects will be directed and supervised by the laboratory's principal investigator.


(100%) Research Support

  • Mathematical, statistical, and computational analysis of data.
  • Manage independent projects and work toward timely, reproducible, satisfactory completion.
  • Work with other member on research methods.
  • Pursue preliminary studies to establish feasibility of a project.
  • Troubleshoot computational and mathematical methods.
  • Read and interpret the literature.
  • Identify, obtain, process, and work with diverse types of data.
  • Record Keeping
  • Participate in formal laboratory meetings to discuss ongoing research in the laboratory and to discuss published research in the field.
  • Participate in collaborative discussions where goals, challenges, and obstacles are presented and various solutions and paths forward are discussed.
  • Commitment to ongoing learning and growth.



  • No professional experience required with relevant degree.


  • Demonstrated experience and application of mathematical, statistical and computational analysis of data knowledge.
  • Multiple years of experience in a research laboratory



  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related field.


  • A bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics, engineering, or computer science



  • Strong understanding of advanced mathematics and statistics.
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language.
  • The ability to solve mathematical and/or programming challenges independently.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with personnel at all levels.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to design experiments
  • Ability to trouble shoot experiments
  • Ability to interpret data


  • Previous experience in a research laboratory.
  • Experience working with Mathematica and/or MATLAB (mathematics track).
  • Previous experience working with genomics data sets (bioinformatics track).


  • Must be willing to work independently and must have a flexible schedule to support research needs.
  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Successful completion of the Institute's background investigation.


This position will be constantly adjusting focus, keying, seeing, sitting, analyzing, calculating, reasoning, and working inside. 

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