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Postdoctoral Associate

Yale University, Gelernter Lab
New Haven, Connecticut (US)
Minimum $65,000, plus benefits
Closing date
Jul 29, 2023

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POSTDOC POSITION, YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DIVISION OF HUMAN GENETICS IN PSYCHIATRY for a highly motivated graduate student to join a productive research group, the Gelernter Lab, working on the genetics of psychiatric illness – especially posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and related traits. We use genomewide data to understand the biology of psychiatric illness. Work will focus on (a) genetics of posttraumatic stress disorder, suicidality, substance use disorders, and many related psychiatric traits in the uniquely-informative Million Veteran Program (MVP) dataset; and (b) Psychiatric Genomics Consortium projects including substance use disorder genetics, and (c) studies in non-European populations to increase our understanding of genetics of psychiatric traits in diverse populations. Through these and several other current projects, we have access to large datasets including the Million Veteran Program and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. Projects include a studies of the genetics of cannabis, cocaine, and other substances in the MVP sample and other populations; studies of PTSD, depression, and anxiety in the MVP and other populations; studies of methamphetamine use genetics in Thailand; a training project in collaboration with several Thai institutions; studies of epigenetics of psychiatric traits; and studies of whole genome sequence in psychiatric traits. The ideal candidate should hold an MD or PhD, and have a strong background in human genetics and/or statistics, including knowledge of genomewide methods, including GWAS and post-GWAS analysis; and comfort with bioinformatics. The candidate should also be able to work cooperatively with peers at Yale and with many other collaborators nationally and internationally; and be able to bring research to publication. Our highly collaborative research division faculty includes Dr Gelernter, and also Drs Renato Polimanti, Daniel Levey, Janitza Montalvo-Ortiz, and Hang Zhou, all of whom are Gelernter lab alumni. Start date is flexible. Minimum Yale starting salary is $65,000, plus benefits. Applicants should preferably have US citizenship or permanent residency. Please send application (including CV and contact information for at least three references) by email to Prof. Joel Gelernter at


More information about our work is available at the lab website,


Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and members of minority groups.


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