• Graduate Student Research Assistant in Systems Biology

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, NM 87544

    Job #1849883297

  • What You Will Do

    The successful candidate will join a multi-institutional cancer-relevant systems biology project team supported by the National Institutes of Health. You will be affiliated with the Theoretical Biology & Biophysics Group, which is part of the Laboratory's Theoretical Division. In the project, you will be responsible for helping to develop mathematical models that are useful for analyzing how combinations of protein kinase inhibitors affect activation of oncogenic ERK signaling. The models of interest will incorporate structural constraints, which will be inferred from available 3D structures. Models will be parameterized for consistency with experimental data generated by experimental team members. There may be an opportunity to analyze data from a clinical trial. We are trying to find novel strategies for using kinase inhibitors to kill cancer cells harboring driver mutations in RAS and RAF genes.

    What You Need

    Minimum Job Requirements:

    • An ability to learn how to create molecular models for protein complexes from available 3D structures

    • An ability to learn rule-based modeling techniques

    • An ability to learn Bayesian inference and statistical computing methods

    • Must be able to independently learn how to use scientific software packages

    • Scientific programming skills

    • Familiarity with Python

    • A strong biological background

    Education/Experience : The candidate must have an undergraduate degree and be actively seeking a PhD degree at a university.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Experience using the BioNetGen software package

    • Experience using the PyBioNetFit software package

    Note to Applicants:

    You must be able to work at LANL while fulfilling PhD degree requirements.

    Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

    Where You Will Work

    Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

    § PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

    § Dental and vision insurance

    § Free basic life and disability insurance

    § Paid maternity and parental leave

    § Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

    § Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

    § Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

    § Onsite gyms and wellness programs

    § Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

    Additional Details

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    Contact Details
    Contact Name Vigil, Melanie Louise
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    Vacancy Name: IRC85748
    Organization Name T-6/Theoretical - Theoretical Biology And Biophysics
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    Req ID: IRC85748
    Category: Student - Graduate