Postdoctoral Research Associate - Collaborative Research Consortium/Abraham Lab

16 Feb 2023
17 Apr 2023
Health Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to study the roles of gene regulation, genome structure, and nuclear organization in pediatric cancers.


Recognized for state-of-the-art computational infrastructure, well-established analytical pipelines, and deep genomic analysis expertise, St. Jude offers a work environment where you will directly impact the care of pediatric cancer patients. The candidate will be part of the 3D Genome Collaborative Research Consortium formed by distinguished researchers at St. Jude, Dana-Faber Cancer Institute, and MIT. As a postdoctoral research associate, your responsibilities include analyzing data generated from a variety of second- and third-generation sequencing applications that interrogate a broad range of human gene regulatory biology under investigation by the Consortium.


The Abraham lab studies gene expression-regulation mechanisms in healthy and diseased mammalian cells.  We are recruiting computational biologists to collaboratively develop computational tools and frameworks to analyze high-throughput sequencing (-omics) data.  We build analytical software pipelines to find answers to biological questions about gene regulation in big datasets, usually from applied sequencing experiments like ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq, and Hi-ChIP.  Our interests center on enhancers and super-enhancers. Specifically, we seek to understand how these regulatory elements establish gene expression programs in healthy cells, and how enhancers are altered by mutation, abused by mistargeting, and targetable with drugs in diseased cells.  We focus on characterizing the core regulatory circuitries driving disease-relevant cells, and on understanding how mutations in the non-coding DNA of such cells can drive disease, including cancers, through gene misregulation.  


The successful candidate will become a fundamental component of a multidisciplinary, inter-institutional team assembled to study how genome structures meaningfully differ between normal and pediatric cancer cells. 


Ideal candidates will have experience building, tailoring, and deploying analysis pipelines using widely available genomic analysis toolkits (e.g. bedtools, samtools), as well as experience managing large numbers of datasets.  The successful candidate will be tasked with collaborative research within and beyond the lab, so strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential.  Additional experience in fundamental understanding of gene expression mechanisms (e.g. transcription factors, enhancers, genome structure, and transcriptional condensates), and experience building succinct, clear figures using R are preferred.


The department of Computational Biology provides access to high performance computing clusters, cloud computing environment, innovative visualization tools, highly automated analytical pipelines and mentorship from faculty scientists with experience in data analysis, data management and delivery of high-quality results for competitive projects. We encourage first author, high profile publications to share this element of discovery.

Take the first step to join our team by applying now!



Relevant Papers:


Adetunji MO, Abraham BJ. SEAseq: a portable and cloud-based chromatin occupancy analysis suite. BMC Bioinformatics. 2022 Feb 23; PMID: 35193506.


Hnisz D, Abraham BJ, Lee TI, Lau A, Saint-André V, Sigova AA, Hoke HA, Young R0A. Super-enhancers in the control of cell identity and disease. Cell. 2013 Oct 10; PMID: 24119843.


Zimmerman MW, Durbin AD, He S, Oppel F, Shi H, Tao T, Li Z, Berezovskaya A, Liu Y, Zhang J, Young RA, Abraham BJ, Look AT. Retinoic acid rewires the adrenergic core regulatory circuitry of childhood neuroblastoma. Science Advances. 2021 Oct 22; PMID: 34669465.

Minimum Education

Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Bioinformatics or related field required.

Minimum Experience

We will consider PhD graduates with strong bioinformatics/computational biology skills.


If PhD training did not include bioinformatics, will require a minimum of two (2) years of pre- or postdoctoral research experience in in computational biology or bioinformatics.


Experience with programming languages such as Perl, Python, R, or Bash required.


Other Information

COVID-19 vaccine:


As of September 10, 2021, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees, excluding those with an approved medical or religious accommodation, as a condition of employment.


EEO Statement:  St. Jude is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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