Computational biology postdoc focusing on Neurofibromatosis type 1 and brain tumor

Children’s National Medical Center at Washington, DC
Washington D.C.
Up to $60,000 per year + benefits
June 10 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Computational biology postdoc focusing on Neurofibromatosis type 1 and brain tumor

Computational biology postdoc positions are available at the Center for Genetic Medicine Research and Center for Cancer and Immunology Research, Children’s National Medical Center at Washington, DC. The candidate will be jointly supervised by Dr. Wei Li ( and Dr. Yuan Zhu.

The candidate will conduct research focusing on Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1)-associated brain tumor and the role of NF1 in neural stem cell regulation and high-grade glioma/glioblastoma. More specifically, the candidate will:

  • Collaborate with experimental and clinical labs to study a variety of biological and biomedical problems related to Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1)-associated brain tumor and the role of neural stem cells and high-grade glioma/glioblastoma;
  • Use bioinformatics approaches to study cancer genomics data and identify predictive biomarkers or drug targets;
  • Develop novel algorithms to analyze large-scale sequencing data related to NF1, brain tumor or other disease types;

Candidates will join the outstanding research community at Children’s National Medical Center, and George Washington University, and have the opportunity to interact with scientists at nearby institutions including National Institute of Health (NIH), John Hopkins University, University of Maryland, etc.

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is #5 overall, #1 for babies and ranked in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report for children’s hospital in the U.S. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.

Responsibilities of the position will include but not limited to: methodology development, coding, statistical analysis of big biomedical data, writing manuscript, application to postdoctoral fellowship and communication with other researchers.

Ideal applicants are expected to have:

  • PhD degree in Bioinformatics/Genetics/Computer Science/Statistics or other quantitative science;
  • Solid programming skills, strong publication record and the ability to work independently;
  • Experienced in cancer genomics data analysis and computational methodology development;
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with other team members;
  • Additional expertise in cancer biology, machine learning, single-cell genomics and childhood diseases would be a plus.

Interested candidates should submit a CV, a cover letter of research background and future research goals, and the contact information of three references letters by email to Wei Li ( and Yuan Zhu (

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