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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

A research computer specialist position is available in the lab of Dr. Krishna Rao in the Department of Internal Medicine in the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Rao’s clinical, administrative, and research interests include the diagnosis and management of healthcare-associated infections, especially Clostridium difficile infection. His primary research goal is to investigate how biochemical, microbiological, and clinical factors can help clinical decision-making in healthcare-associated infections, and he hopes to ultimately integrate these factors into robust risk-prediction algorithms for use by clinicians. He is currently studying C. difficile infection, the effect of antibiotics on the gut microbiota, and infections from Gram-negative bacteria, including multi-drug resistant organisms, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae. A full bibliography and other details can be found at:

As the work in the lab is highly interdisciplinary, the applicant will have the opportunity to work with experts in health services research, clinical trials, computational biology, infectious diseases, and microbiology.


Under the supervision of the principle investigator, the primary duties of the applicant will be:

1) to set up computational pipelines to process raw electronic medical record and biomarker data,

2) to implement, extend and develop analytical techniques for downstream analysis of large datasets,

3) to process and analyze data sets generated within the lab and by collaborators,

4) to help other lab members access and work with processed data sets, and

5) to present developed pipelines and research findings both within the lab and to collaborators. The ability to work well as part of a team, communicate effectively and maintain a high level of organization is essential for the successful candidate.  

Required Qualifications*

  • BA/BS in a relevant computational or biostatistical discipline is required with 2-3 years of computer/research related research

  • Demonstrated experience in data cleaning and analysis (either academic or industry)

  • Intimate working knowledge of a statistics package (R is preferred)

  • Experience visualizing data (such as with R or Python)

  • Experience working with and performing statistical analyses on data sets

  • High level of organization, especially for computer code and documentation

Background Screening

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Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.