JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.
The Kugathasan lab is engaged in multi-disciplinary and multi-collaborative projects that seek to unravel the molecular mechanisms driving the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) across ethnicities and age groups. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in cutting edge multi-OMICs research in the field of IBD. We are seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated post-doctoral fellow to join the team. The candidate will interact closely with a multi-disciplinary team comprised of medical practitioners, computational biologists, geneticists and statisticians both at Emory and in the Center for Integrative Genomics at nearby Georgia Tech. In this position the candidate is expected to conduct experiments in the field of computational biology. The successful applicant will be expected to design and execute multiple experiments using multi-level OMICs data (e.g., DNA, RNA, microRNA, Methylation, Metabolomics, Microbiome data), with the goal of understanding the underlying biological mechanisms of genetic associations with IBD. This includes analyzing data such as whole genome sequencing, transcriptomics data such as bulk and single cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq), as well as epigenetics data using the latest array technologies. Plenty of supervision and training will be given by faculty advisors and senior level analysts. He/she will participate in weekly lab meetings with the Human Genetics department at Emory University, joint monthly meetings with the computational biology group at Georgia Tech, and engage with other members of the national IBD consortium.
A Ph.D. in Population Biology, Human Genetics, Statistics/Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science or other relevant discipline with strong quantitative research background; proficiency in one or multiple of the popular programing languages, e.g., C++, Python, Perl, R; experience working with large genetics data and high-performance clusters are desirable. Interested candidate should submit a Cover Letter, CV, Brief Statement of Research & Interest (less than 2 pages), one Sample Publication and Contacts for 3 references. Recent graduates are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.