Postdoctoral Position Genetics and molecular biology of congenital muscle diseases

Doha (QA)
The stipend offered is commensurate with experience. Fully furnished housing and a car allowance are
May 15 2017
Position Type
Full Time
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In a pioneering international initiative, Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medical College established the Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q) through a unique partnership with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and has been in operation since 2002.

The Neurogenetics Laboratory at WCM-Q seeks candidates for a postdoctoral associate position in Genetics and molecular biology of congenital muscle diseases. We are a diverse group that studies the genetics, genomics, and molecular biology of monogenetic disorders with particular focus on those involving the central nervous system as well as the skeletal muscles.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Perform molecular analysis of subjects’ genome sequencing data to identify th genetic cause underlying the heritable disorder clinically observed in the patients.
  • Design and perform a variety of biological experiments to study the impact of gene mutations both at the in-vitro and cellular levels.
  • Design and prepare constructs for the in-vitro studies and functional analysis.
  • Prepare and maintain laboratory work records.
  • Conduct literature reviews related to the genes and molecular pathogenesis of the disease’s phenotype under investigation.
  • Handle basic work related to genetic research, including the extraction of good quality genetic materials, use of the freely available genetic, and variations analysis software.
  • Prepare manuscript’s draft and figures for publications.


  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Biology of Human Genetics, or in a closely related field.
  • Prior in-depth experience with human genetics studies, molecular biology experiments [proved practical experience is essentially required].
  • FACs analysis, co-immunoprecepitation, plasmid construction, ER and mitochondrial related functional studies, analysis of the genetic and sequencing data using available bioinformatics tools.
  • Effective written and oral skills, including communication with others from different fields and backgrounds.

WCM-Q is located in Education City, among other American universities, in Doha, Qatar, which is a rapidly growing research hub. The WCM-Q research program offers a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment, endowed with a comprehensive support infrastructure. Details regarding the WCM-Q research program and facilities can be accessed at

The stipend offered is commensurate with experience. Fully furnished housing and a car allowance are also provided.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a letter of application, outlining their interest in the position, along with their curriculum vitae, which should include the names and contact details of three referees, to

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be  contacted. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Weill Cornell Medical College is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO/AA/M/F/H/V)