University of Waterloo, Applied Mathematics

Position ID: 1163-RAAMUW [#17847]
Position Title: Senior Research Associate
Position Type: Other
Position Location: Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada [map]
Subject Area: Quantitative Biology and Medicine
Application Deadline: 2021/08/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/06/30, listed until 2021/08/31)
Position Description:    

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Senior Research Associate in Quantitative Biology and Medicine

The Senior Research Associate will support and coordinate all aspects of Professor Anita Layton’s Quantitative Biology and Medicine research program. Their responsibilities include the development of computational models, data analysis, project management (assisting in grant applications, monitoring timelines and budget), coordination of research group activities, as well as the mentoring and co-supervising of the junior research team members. The incumbent will work collaboratively with Professor Layton and others in the Lab, as well as scientific collaborators within and outside of the University.

This role a one year term and contingent on funding. 


Development of Computational Models 
  • Provide computational and technical expertise to facilitate the implementation of the Lab’s research projects Identify, collect, and analyze data needed for research projects 
  • Develop custom software to facilitate the implementation of new computational models and manage their dissemination 
  • Thoroughly test and validate those models and develop user manuals 
  • Conduct simulations using those models to answer scientific questions 
Data Analysis 
  • Develop machine learning models and carry out statistical analyses on biomedical and scientific data 
  • Prepare reports to summarize findings from statistical analysis 
  • Collaborate with researchers in health and natural science within and external to the University 

Project Management 

  • Manage grant awards and budgets for the Lab 
  • Oversee the management of the Lab’s computing resources 
  • Manage the Lab’s social media presence and help promote the Lab’s research program 
Ongoing oversight and guidance to research team including, but not limited to the following 
  • Providing day-to-day supervision and coordination of research activity (e.g., providing computing advice and direction for data analysis and report generation) of other members of the Lab 
  • Discuss and resolve technical issues related to computational/programming issues, implementation of new algorithms, data manipulation, and GPU computing for other members of the Lab 
  • Coordinate research group activities, including weekly group meetings 
Assistance in Report and Presentation Preparation 
  • Contribute to the preparation of manuscripts to be submitted for peer review, and of research grant applications Assist in the preparation of presentations for dissemination of research at scientific meetings 


  • Master’s degree in Computer Science or another discipline with a significant programming component 
  • Three (3) or more years of experience in a research-driven academic environment 
  • Demonstrated experience in the ability to test, manipulate, and repair large-scale computer code 
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing complex data 
  • Exceptional computer programming skills 
  • Strong data analytic skills 
  • Excellent written communication 
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to work independently, and as a member of a team 
  • Communication skills in all mediums including social media, and demonstrated ability to promote the Lab’s research program 
  • Experience in writing grant proposals an asset 
  • Occasional travel 
  • Some evening/weekend work required 
The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. 

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.

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Contact: Dr. Anita Layton
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Department of Applied Mathematics
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada N2L 3G1
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