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Research Scientist II (JR-0000572)


Health Research, Inc. is seeking a Research Scientist II (RSII) to work as a member of the largest state public health Virology laboratory team in the US. The Research Scientist II will participate in the characterization of circulating and emerging human viral pathogens of major public health interest, including influenza and other non-influenza respiratory viruses. State-of-the-art methods employed in this work include numerous molecular detection and sequencing techniques. The Research Scientist II will collaborate with Virology team members to analyze next generation sequence data.  This will include data generated by both whole genome and gene targeted methods, to identify and further characterize pathogens, agents of outbreaks, and emerging infectious diseases. The RSII will develop, improve, modify, and operate data analysis pipelines, perform requested custom analyses, and generate analyzed results and reports to inform public health decisions. Other related duties as assigned.

This position will be part of a dynamic team serving the Wadsworth Center’s mission in the New York State Department of Health’s efforts to protect and promote the health of New York’s citizens. Come be a part of Science in the Pursuit of Health®!


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Bioinformatics, Statistics, Microbiology, Biology, Molecular Biology or a related field and three years of research experience; OR a Master’s degree in a related field and two years of research experience; OR a Doctorate in a related field.


Preferred Qualifications

At least one year of experience in bioinformatics data analysis and use of scientific software to analyze next generation sequence data for the detection and/or characterization of viral pathogens. Experience working in cloud environments, preferably Google Cloud Platform. Experience in programming (Python, Java, C/C++, perl or other programming/scripting languages). Experience in collaborative coding environments (GitHub). Experience with interfacing sequence reports and results to laboratory information management (LIMS) systems.


Conditions of Employment

Grant funded position. Compliance with funding requirements such as time and effort reporting, grant deliverables, and contract deliverables, is required. 

Travel, up to 25% of the time, will be required. 

This position requires that the incumbent will report to the official work location and live within commuting distance to the official work location. Telecommuting will be unavailable.

Exposure to potentially hazardous substances may be involved with this position. Therefore, the incumbent in this position may be required to wear personal protective clothing and equipment including but not limited to gloves, gown/lab coat and eye protection.

HRI participates in the E-Verify Program.  

HRI has a long-standing dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce. HRI is committed to the principle of non-discrimination in all phases of its employment procedures and practices.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Qualified Individuals with Disabilities/Qualified Protected Veterans