Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational BIology

Boston, Massachusetts (US)
Salary commensurate with experience
October 21 2016
Position Type
Full Time

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Biology and Data Science of Alzheimer’s Disease

We are seeking a talented, highly motivated computational biologist / data scientist to join the Center for Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Science (CATS) Bioinformatics Unit, in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurology, to work on discovering novel molecular targets in Alzheimer Disease therapeutics via computational methods.

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with some of the leading academic and industry investigators in Alzheimer Disease worldwide to develop innovative computational approaches to systematically analyze and integrate sources of genetic and epigenetic variation and gene expression variability in human traits and diseases.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is the original and principal teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School and one of the top ranked hospitals nationwide.   It is located in Boston, Massachusetts with close proximity to many other leading biomedical and research institutions including Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Our faculty and fellows collaborate closely with wet-lab and computational investigators at several of these institutions.

Required skills

The ideal candidate(s) should have received (or expect to receive soon) a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Statistics, Genetics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Mathematics, Physics, or related fields.

  • Highly proficient in R and/or Python 
  • Experience with commonly used bioinformatics tools and databases
  • First (or co-first) author of one or more peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work both independently and in teams

Preferred Skills

  • Neuroscience applications experience
  • Experience working with different types of NGS data such as ChIP-seq, RNA-seq
  • Knowledge of commonly-used machine learning methods
  • Biomedical ontologies
  • Graph databases
  • Web development skills

Our lab is committed to diversity and equality; therefore, we encourage applications from underrepresented minorities.

About the employer

Massachusetts General Hospital, a leading medical center located in the heart of Boston, is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in America. The original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Mass General conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States and is the top recipient of research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Mass General has long been a leader in successfully bridging innovative science with state-of-the-art clinical medicine and topped the Nature Index list of health care organizations for publishing more articles in high-impact journals than any other hospital in America from February 2015 to January 2016.

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