Post-doctoral Fellowship: Computational Biology and Pathogen Genomics

Position Description:  A post-doctoral scientist position is available offering a unique opportunity to work at the intersection of clinical infectious disease, pathogen genomics and computational biology.  Our group is located within the Microbiology Service, Department of Laboratory Medicine, NIH Clinical Center on the main Bethesda NIH campus.  We use a combination of next generation sequencing, bioinformatics, and proteomics to study bacterial pathogens, with a focus on clinical isolates of epidemiologic significance.  Potential projects include pathogen transcriptomics, genomic analysis of clinical pathogen evolution in the context of chronic human infection, and the development of novel genomic and proteomic approaches with clinical diagnostic applications.  There will be flexibility to suit the interests of the selected candidate, and there is access to state-of-the-art sequencing and mass spectrometry platforms, and ample computational resources.


  1. Ph.D. work in bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics with a substantial computational component, or related discipline.
  2. Expertise in data analysis using R/Bioconductor and coding in scripting languages such as Python or Perl
  3. Proficiency in NGS data analysis in Linux/Unix environment
  4. Experience with standard molecular biology techniques including NGS library preparation preferred
  5. Prior experience with microbiology and microbial genomics preferred
  6. Ability to conduct research independently and work collaboratively with other scientists required

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references by email to John Dekker at

John P. Dekker, M.D., Ph.D.
Co-Director, Bacteriology, Parasitology & Molecular Epidemiology
Microbiology Service, Department of Laboratory Medicine
Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health

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