DeCODE genetics

Research Scientist and Research Associate

DeCODE genetics is inviting applications for the positions of Research Scientist and Research Associate in the Statistics Department.

We are seeking individuals with an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in statistics, biostatistics or related fields. The work involves statistical analysis of data related to one or more of the company’s ongoing disease projects, and the development of new statistical methods for analyzing available data. Methodologies employed include computation of genetic heritability and recurrence risk to relatives, allele-sharing models for human linkage analysis, genetic and linkage disequilibrium mapping, haplotype reconstruction and estimation of haplotype relative risks, epistatic interactions of putative disease loci or haplotypes, quantitative trait analysis and other methodologies as needed. Department members are also actively involved in the quality control of the company’s continuously generated genetic data, and participate in the preparation of patent applications and manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.The Statistics Department currently employs 13 people – comprised primarily of Icelanders, but including members from Europe, Asia and the United States – with degrees in statistics, biostatistics, applied mathematics, computer science, physics and medicine. The bulk of our daily computing is performed on linux workstations and a cluster of over 90 dual-processor linux-based servers. Most of our analysis is done using programs we have developed within our department. Programming is done using C++, C, S-Plus, Python, Perl and UNIX shell tools.

DeCODE offers an attractive compensation package including stock options and a competitive salary.

About deCODE
Based in Reykjavik, Iceland, deCODE genetics is using population genetics to create a new paradigm for healthcare. With its uniquely comprehensive population data, deCODE is turning research on the genetic causes of common diseases into a growing range of products and services - in pharmaceuticals, gene and drug discovery, DNA-based diagnostics, pharmacogenomics, bioinformatics, and clinical trials. deCODE's pharmaceuticals group, based in Chicago, and deCODE's biostructures group, based in Seattle, conduct downstream development work on targets derived from deCODE's proprietary research in human genetics as well as contract service work for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. deCODE is delivering on the promise of the new genetics. Visit us on the web at

Some examples of our recent work:
1. Gretarsdottir S et al. The gene encoding phosphodiesterase 4D confers a risk of ischemic stroke. Nat. Genet. 3:131–138 (2003).
2. Styrkarsdottir U et al. Linkage of osteoporosis to chromosome 20p12 and association to BMP2. PLoS Biol. 1:351–359 (2003).
3. Kong A et al. A high-resolution recombination map of the human genome. Nat. Genet. 31:241–247 (2002).

We are seeking individual with an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in statistics, biostatistics or
related fields.

For more info, contact: Tomas Gislason (, 354 570 1900)