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    Opportunity: Postdoctoral Associate -- Cancer Computational Biology @ The Jackson Laboratory -- Farmington, CT (US)
    Submitted by Tyler Chukwu; posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018



    The Chuang Lab at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine has two postdoctoral openings in cancer computational biology. See The Chuang lab is a leader in cancer computational biology, with particular expertise in xenografts, intratumoral evolution, and cloud computing approaches for cancer data.

    Our openings are in:
    • Molecular evolution and ecology of tumors treated with immunotherapy and/or chemotherapy.
    • Development of artificial intelligence approaches to predict outcome from combined cancer genomics and imaging data.
    Both of these positions involve close collaborations with experimental groups at JAX studying clinical tissues and conducting new experiments in xenografts and organoids. Thus candidates will have novel opportunities at the intersection of data interpretation, algorithms, and experimental design. These openings are supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute. The Chuang lab co-leads the Data Coordination Center for the NCI PDXnet, a multi-institute consortium supported by the NCI Cancer Moonshot Initiative, and our group is developing analyses for large genomic and phenotypic datasets from within this project.


    For these positions and our postdoctoral opportunities in general, the ideal candidate will have Ph.D. experience in computational biology, molecular evolution, cancer genomics, or a similar discipline. Strong computing (programming, data analysis, statistical inference, etc.), publication, and communication skills are essential. Outstanding applicants new to computational biology will also be considered as the lab has an extensive record of training candidates who originally studied in other fields, including physics, applied math, computer science, and experimental molecular biology. Across these backgrounds, enthusiasm and aptitude for computational biology are what define the lab. Interested applicants should send a CV and a research statement to Jeffrey Chuang at jeff.chuang[at] Reference letters will be requested subsequently.


    The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM) is part of The Jackson Laboratory, a non-profit research institute whose mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. The JAX-GM campus is in Farmington, CT, adjacent to the University of Connecticut Medical School. JAX-GM resides in a state-of-the-art facility constructed in 2014 with cutting-edge resources in sequencing, single cell biology, computational biology, cloud computing, imaging, genetic engineering, and xenografting, and other technologies. JAX-GM currently has 28 faculty members with focuses in cancer genomics, computational biology, immunology, microbiome, human genetics, and genome technology development. The Chuang lab collaborates regularly with many labs at JAX-GM and our sister institute, The Jackson Laboratory for Mammalian Genetics (JAX-MG in Bar Harbor, ME) which has been a world leader in mouse genetics for the past century. Between JAX-GM, JAX-MG, and UCONN Health, there is a vibrant community of more than 100 scientists specialized in computational biology, providing frequent opportunities for interactions and discussions. JAX-GM is in the greater Hartford region, a lively metropolitan area of over one million people located midway between Boston and New York City.


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