Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

Senior Scientist
100 %

The Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development is a scientific center at the University of Zurich focused on youth development. The Center is a joint venture between the University of Zurich and the Jacobs Foundation. We are dedicated to interdisciplinary, developmental research that will ultimately improve the lives of young people. Our researchers come from the fields of economics, psychology, and sociology. We also collaborate with scientists from additional disciplines in our efforts to best understand the first decades of life.

Your responsibilities

Prof. Mike Shanahan at the University of Zurich invites applications for a Senior Scientist Position with strong interest in applied statistics, programming, and the intersection of gene expression and the social/behavioral sciences.

The position is part of the research project "Socioeconomic status and the regulation of the genome" funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The main goal of this project is to use data from the US, the Netherlands, and Switzerland to examine how education, income, and occupation are correlated with gene expression patterns (mRNA abundance levels), as well as the mechanisms that might explain these correlations.

This position will work closely with Professor Shanahan and other team members to design analytic strategies that are well-suited to research questions, oversee the programming environment, and solve statistical issues as they arise. The successful applicant will be a bridge and scientific interface between the director and more junior academic and technical staff. The Senior Scientist position is also encouraged to pursue individual research interests within the framework of the project. The team is based on excellent communication and a collaborative spirit.

Your profile

Required: PhD (discipline is open) with strong quantitative training and strong background with R. Strong collaboration and communication skills to solve tricky interdisciplinary statistical issues (e.g., concerning causality) and to explain analyses orally and in writing. Desired: 1st author publications; expertise in causal analysis in tradition of Rubin/Pearl; biostatistician; solid biological and statistical understanding of genomic data.

The successful candidate should have excellent teamwork skills and be interested in going beyond disciplinary boundaries. Energy, focus, and critical thinking are assets.

What we offer

Research environment:
We offer work in an interdisciplinary, international, and collegial environment located at Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development, the University of Zurich. The 100% position comes with competitive salary and depends on experience. In addition, some travel funds are available each year to visit national and international conferences or attend workshops.

Place of work

Zurich Oerlikon

Start of employment

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The position will start about 10 May 2021.

Applications should include:
(i) a cover letter that relates the applicants' experience and interests to the project
(ii) a comprehensive CV
(iii) a copy of the PhD dissertation
(iv) the names and contact information of at least two references
(v) Candidates for the position are additionally required to submit an R code sample (URL or attachment)

Please send the documents in one PDF file to Prof. Mike Shanahan.

Further information