RESEARCH CONSULTANT

Employer
University of Washington
Location
Seattle, Washington, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Sep 12, 2021
Closes
Sep 17, 2021
Ref
2452709336
Discipline
Energy
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
University of Washington Human Resources

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Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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POSITION PURPOSE
The Center for Conservation Biology in the Biology Department at the University of Washington is seeking a highly qualified data analyst who will analyze ecological, genetic and forensic data to address complex forensic and research problems. A major part of this position involves construction and analysis of social networks relating genetic and forensic data from international wildlife smuggling operations, as well as GIS analyses of ecological data.

POSITION COMPLEXITIES AND IMPACT
The Center uses innovative field and laboratory techniques to non-invasively study and monitor a wide variety of wildlife populations around the world. Our primary forensic projects use microsatellite DNA fragment and sequence analyses to identify the locations of major elephant and pangolin poaching hotspots across Africa over time. We also use these tools for sample matching to link transnational criminal organizations to multiple large ivory shipments. Our main wildlife monitoring programs examine: (a) impacts of wolf recovery on the distributions, diets, microbiome and physiological health of sympatric predators and prey in Washington State and (b) impacts of prey loss, toxin and vessel traffic exposure on orca and baleen whales in the Salish Sea. The Center works closely with state, federal and international governments, law enforcement, and non-government organizations

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Analytics: (80%)
Develop and validate methods for constructing social networks of individuals and groups involved in wildlife crime, based on genetic and forensic data, with the goal of understanding the structure of these networks, roles of the participants, and how the operations are distributed in space and change over time.
Develop data visualization techniques to display these networks for multiple audiences including researchers, law enforcement, and the courts. Assist other group members in constructing effective visualizations for their projects.
Participate in extending current microsatellite DNA-based location assignment and relationship inference methods to SNP data.
Investigate how to integrate and interpret diverse data sets collected over large spatial scales with highly varied error components and develop data collection, storage, and analysis instruments for integrating and interpreting these diverse data sets.
Conduct GIS analyses of ecological data to feed into resource selection and other analyses.
Prepare results for reports, publications and/or presentations.
Contribute to research study design including methodology and analysis for grant proposals.
Other duties may be assigned.

Data Management: (20%)
Develop robust procedures for storing and backing up large amounts of previous and new genetic and forensic data.
Contribute to archival and documentation of both in-house and third-party software resources.
Contribute to development of database capabilities for genetic and forensic data

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
BS in bioinformatics, genetics, computer science, biostatistics or related field.
3 years of experience

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Solid understanding of genetics, computer programing and biostatistics.
Strong data visualization skills
Excellent GIS skills
Ability to utilize computational tools in common scripting languages (e.g R, C++, Python , SQL, Perl or Java).
Ability to manage projects and solve problems independently.
Excellent collaboration skills with interdisciplinary teams.
Strong written and oral communication skills.

DESIRED:
MS, PhD., or foreign equivalent, in bioinformatics, genetics, computer science, biostatistics or related fields
Previous experience with social or forensic network analysis.
Previous experience with data visualization techniques and best practices

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
On occasion, it will be necessary to respond immediately to urgent questions from the P.I. and other managers if problems arise that impact the workflow or deadlines for the Center - these are not uncommon and occasionally require that extra hours be worked on a given day.

Application Process:
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