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    Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics -- Center for Precision Health, School of Biomedical Informatics @ The University of Texas Health Science Center -- Houston, TX (US)
    Submitted by Zhongming Zhao; posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017

    Submitter

    BACKGROUND

    Two postdoctoral positions are available in Dr. Zhongming Zhao's Bioinformatics and Systems Medicine Laboratory (BSML, www.uth.edu/bioinfo/), Center for Precision Health, School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science at Houston (UTHealth). The successful candidate is expected to join an established bioinformatics team. The ongoing projects in BSML focus on precision medicine, functional roles of genetic variants in complex disease, next-generation sequencing data analyses, deep learning, and regulatory networks. Integrative genomics and systems biology approaches are often applied. Funding (NIH grants and lab startup) is available to support this position for up to three years and promotion to other positions is possible. The candidate will have the opportunity to access many high throughput datasets and interact with investigators across UTHealth and Texas Medical Center. The lab has an excellent post-doctoral training track record (e.g. 16 former postdocs are currently faculty members, two received Young Investigator Awards from national foundations, and three were finalists for the Vanderbilt University Postdoc of the Year Award). Recent publications appeared in journals such as Genome Research, Genome Biology, American Journal of Human Genetics, Cancer Research, Nature Medicine, Nature Communications, Genome Medicine, etc.

    The BSML lab is part of the new Center for Precision Health (CPH), a joint enterprise by the School of Biomedical Informatics and School of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science at Houston. The center is established in UTHealth in response to the emerging need of precision health and President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative. The center focuses on precision cancer medicine, systems medicine, pharmacogenomics, and translational bioinformatics. UTHealth is part of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC) located in cosmopolitan Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the United States. SBMI currently offers Master's and Ph.D. Degrees, along with a certificate program in biomedical and health informatics.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    Perform bioinformatics and genomic medicine research, write manuscripts, present in the related conferences, participate in grant or fellowship applications, participate other training related activities, among others.

    REQUIREMENTS

    The qualified candidates should be highly motivated in research and have a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, quantitative science, computational biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, or related field upon the job start date. The successful candidate should have some experience in analyzing high-throughput genomic data and proven skills in at least one programming language (e.g., Perl, R, Java, or C/C++). Good understanding of genetics or molecular biology and familiarity with biostatistics are plus. For more information about our research, please visit the web site www.uth.edu/bioinfo/.

    TERMS

    Three years.

    LOCALE

    Houston, Texas, USA

    COMPENSATION

    Salary and Benefits: Salary are commensurate with the NIH pay level, and can be higher with strong research experience. Promotion to other positions is available too. All postdocs are provided with the benefits according to the university standard (medical and dental insurance, retirement, etc.).

    HOW TO APPLY

    Applicants should send a CV, brief statement of research interests, and reference to:
    Zhongming Zhao (zhongming.zhao[at]uth.tmc.edu),
    Professor and Director, Center for Precision Health
    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

    DEADLINE

    Open until being filled.

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