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    Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics & Genetic Epidemiology @ Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, TN (US)
    Submitted by Xingyi Guo; posted on Thursday, March 25, 2021


    A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Our current research concentrates on population-based molecular, genetic and genomic epidemiologic studies for the exploration of novel biomarkers and genes of cancer. In order to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis, we will apply and develop bioinformatics tools and build statistical models to process large multiomics data, including whole genome sequencing, whole exome sequencing, RNA-seq, array-based genotype and epigenetic data, as well as metabolomics data. The chosen candidate will lead independent research projects in the fields of genetics, epigenetics, functional genomics, and bioinformatics & biostatistics. The candidate should also expect to participate in multiple collaborative projects in cancer-related genetic epidemiology studies. Please find more information about our reseach from Dr. Xingyi Guo's lab website:


    Under guidance from Dr. Xingyi Guo, the candidate is expected to work on a wide range of bioinformatics projects. He/she should have:
    • A PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, epidemology, genomics or related fields. The candidate should have strong experience in processing high-throughput genomic and genetic data with biostatistics knowledge.
    • Strong experience with script languages such as Perl, Python or R. Experience with the Linux/Unix environment is required.
    • Experience in statistical computing (e.g. R/Bioconductor and python).
    • Good interpersonal skills.
    • An excellent grasp of English, both in writing and speech.


    The position is for two years with the possibility of further extension.


    Salary is commensurate with the NIH pay scale. The postdoc positions will be provided with benefits following the VUMC standards.


    To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, summary of past work, and the names and email addresses of three references to Dr. Xingyi Guo at xingyi.guo[at]


    The deadline for applications is July 30, 2021.


    The Division of Epidemiology is committed to conducting research to enhance and expand our understanding of the distribution and determinants of disease, to promoting collaboration aimed at the translation of research into cost-effective strategies of disease prevention and health care delivery, and to training independent investigators in epidemiological research and disease prevention. Our group has a broad interest in the research of cancer etiology and prevention. We concentrate on population-based genetic epidemiologic studies for the exploration of novel genetic risk variants and genes of cancer. These projects will primarily build upon valuable resources based at the VUMC, e.g., the BioVU, a large hospital-based DNA biobank. We are interested in developing and applying computational methods for processing high-throughput genetic and genomic sequencing data to identify various genetic and genomic biomarkers for cancer risk and outcomes. In particular, we are highly interested in developing computational epigenetics (i.e. ChIP-seq and ATAC-seq) and statistical approaches to improve discovery of susceptibility non-coding variants (i.e. regulatory variants) and genes from current study designs of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and transcriptome-wide association studies (TWAS).


    VUMC wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of backgrounds and individual characteristics.

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