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Project Scientist-Data Scientist in Metabolism-Fiehn Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 27th, 2020

Last review date: Monday, Feb 10, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Apr 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


A Project Scientist position is available in the laboratory of Professor Oliver Fiehn. The Fiehn laboratory operates out of the UC Davis Genome Center, a state-of-the-art genomic research facility,


This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative development of statistics, text mining and bioinformatics applications and metabolomics database approaches in support of the metabolomics analysis projects in the Fiehn Laboratory.


Collaborative research activity (60% of total efforts)

The candidate will develop new techniques for mining metabolomic data, specifically with respect to integration of genomic and proteomic data, towards functional interpretations of data sets in biological contexts. For such work, the candidate will employ text mining tools to link published research with metabolomic data sets established at the West Coast Metabolomics Center. The candidate will also utilize and advance graphic and network tools with the objective to aid in interpretation of complex data sets, for example, to structure information in a way that enables generating or testing metabolic or physiological hypotheses. Secondly, the candidate will improve tools in R or Python to advance automatic statistical assessments and graph outputs, linking published tools as well as validating workflows that combine different approaches. The candidate will co-lead research projects, and advise a small team of graduate students and scientists together with Prof. Fiehn. It is expected that the candidate will be the lead author on publications and a supporting author on others. The candidate will also contribute to grant applications, progress reports, and present data at scientific meetings.

Self-directed research activity (20% of total efforts)

The candidate is expected to initiate some self-initiated research projects in the same area of research as Prof. Fiehn, which may lead to new journal publications or grant applications.


The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences and will serve as reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will give presentations at conferences, seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions. The appointee will train, consult with and advise graduate students and researchers in Prof. Dr. Fiehn’s laboratory with regard to metabolomics and chem/bioinformatics and related projects.


The candidate will engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position but encouraged. Participate in activities of committees within the Genome Center, campus and other University entities, as appropriate. The candidate will actively engage and lead professional instructions in courses given by the West Coast Metabolomics Center, including preparation of materials, discussing strategies and leading practical examples with course participants.
The candidate will devote time towards statistics and data visualization and data interpretation services for the Metabolomics Core at UC Davis, including univariate and multivariate statistics and biochemical network graphs.

This position's rank and salary will be determined based on qualifications and experience.



  • PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Biochemistry, Toxicology, or equivalent job experience or training.
  • Experience in Python and/or R programming languages.
  • Experience in using cheminformatics tools, including tools for substructure classifications, structure recognition, compound identification, MS/MS scoring.
  • Experience in writing scientific manuscripts and grant proposals.
  • Experience in training or managing small teams of scientists or students.
  • Experience in handling large and complex data sets, including using univariate and multivariate statistics, and machine learning / AI.
  • Knowledge of biochemical pathways and modern genomic tools, including biochemical and chemical databases, metabolic regulation, metabolite transporters and cellular mechanisms.


  • Experience Natural Language Processing and text mining.
  • Expertise in mammalian biochemistry, physiology or molecular biology
  • Experience in modern genomics research, including metabolomics, data processing, data curation and data validation.
  • Experience in developing and engineering databases.

To Apply:

Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Research Statement, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, and contact information for 3 references via this URL:

Questions: Please direct questions to Kahla Wallace:

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Job location

Davis, Ca


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)