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Computational Scientist for Cancer Research and Population GeneticsPosted by: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Posted date: 2019-Jul-01
A new research group in the Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG) under the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) of the National Cancer Institute is seeking candidates for postdoctoral positions in the laboratory of Jiyeon Choi Ph.D.
The new research program will study genetic susceptibility to common cancers including melanoma and lung cancer, focusing on mechanistic understanding of population-scale genomic data such as those from genome-wide association studies (GWAS). The goal is to identify genes and molecular pathways through which heritable genetic variants confer increased cancer risk and eventually improve cancer prevention and therapy. The group will also explore deconvoluting genetic and non-genetic factors contributing to lung cancer risk by participating in Sherlock-lung study (a large-scale collaborative genomic/epidemiologic study of lung cancer in never-smokers; https://dceg.cancer.gov/research/cancer-types/lung/sherlock-lung-study).
The position offers an exposure to a wide range of genomic datasets in population scale including GWAS, eQTL, and tumor mutational signatures/mutational profiles, as well as high-throughput functional analysis data from MPRA, RNAseq, Hi-C, and CRISPR-screening. The focus of this position will be leading/co-leading international collaborative projects, while working closely with molecular biologists and statisticians. Opportunities for training in human genetics/population genetics as well as mentoring postbacs or summer students will be available based on interest.
LTG provides a unique collaborative and collegial environment with multiple groups studying different cancers while collaboratively developing/adopting cutting-edge techniques and methodologies. DCEG and NIH provide multiple channels of supporting career development and wellbeing of postdoctoral fellows.
For more information about this position, please contact Jiyeon Choi, Ph.D.; Email: jiyeon.choi2nih.gov.Qualifications:
Candidates must have completed or will soon complete a Ph.D. with an emphasis in Bioinformatics, Population Genetics, or related areas within the past 5 years. A demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary and diverse team, experiences in analyzing different types of sequencing data, and clear communication skills will be favored. Salary will be determined based on NCI stipend schedule for postdoctoral fellows.To Apply:
Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae including bibliography, and the names/contact information of three references to jiyeon.choi2nih.gov. This position is subject to a background investigation.
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