The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health Science Center at San Antonio)

Fully–funded MS, PhD, and Postdoctoral Positions in Computational Biology

Dr. Habil Zare

San Antonio, TX, United States

Fully–funded MS, PhD, and postdoctoral positions in the area of computational biology are available at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio). Applicants with a masters degree in computer science may start immediately as a visiting scientist with possibility of joining the PhD program within a year.

Position description 

Successful candidates will be mentored by Drs. Habil Zare and Bess Frost, and will develop and apply cutting–edge machine learning techniques to analyze next–generation sequencing data from large cohorts. Candidates will choose among several highly–collaborative studies in the areas of cancer research and neuroscience based on their interests and prior experience.

Dr. Habil Zare is a computational biologist and the PI of the Oncinfo Lab (see He is interested in cancer research, as well as neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease. While methodological advancements is the secondary goal in his studies, his lab has developed novel tools and algorithms to improve data analysis using Bayesian networks and integrative correlation networks. 

Dr. Frost is an expert in using Drosophila as a model organism to determine fundamental processes in cell biology that drive neurodegeneration (see Research in her lab is complemented with comparative analyses in postmortem human brain. 

The PIs have recently published a study on transposable elements in Nature Neuroscience (PMID: 30038280), and their research is funded by NIH–NIA and NIH–NINDS. The UT Health San Antonio is a Tier One research institution, and has ranked 1st in NIH funding for studies in aging, which provides a good foundation for research in neuroscience and cancer. San Antonio is a dynamic and multicultural city with an outstanding educational environment.

Quali?cations Required

While applicants with a strong background in cell biology and professional computer programming skills are preferred, exceptionally strong candidates with either background who are highly motivated for learning new concepts in biology and improving their programming skills will be considered. Ability for critical thinking and independent learning, and excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential.


Wet lab skills, above average knowledge in machine learning, mathematics, computational biology, bioinformatics, statistics, R, or experience in multidisciplinary research that has led to high-impact publications increases chance for acceptance.


Salary is competitive, and in the range of $50K-$60K for the postdoctoral, and $25K-$35K for the student and visiting scientist positions. Cost of living is relatively low in San Antonio and there is no state income tax.

Application procedures

All interested candidates are encouraged to email a current CV and a cover letter to Dr. Habil Zare at Potential graduate students should also apply to the following programs.

• PhD: Extraordinary applicants with a masters degree who are interested to join our team immediately as a visiting scientist are encouraged to contact Dr. Habil Zare. For the possibilities of joining the PhD program within a year, see The Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) Graduate Program.

• MS: See Master of Science in Biotechnology (deadline: 15 February 2020).

• The postdoctoral positions require PhD degrees in a related ?eld, and are open until ?lled. All postdoctoral appointments are designated as security sensitive positions. UT Health San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/A?rmative Act on Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.