Baylor College of Medicine (BCM)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science – Bioinformatics – Epigenomics

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX, United States

The Waterland laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) has an immediate opening for a highly motivated individual with expertise in genomic and epigenomic informatics. This position is supported by grants from NIH/NIDDK and CPRIT (Waterland and Coarfa, Co-PIs).

The fellow will lead the design and implementation of data analysis projects aimed at understanding the epigenetic etiology of disease. Specifically, projects focus on the role of epigenetic dysregulation in cancer and obesity in humans, and mouse models of developmental epigenetics in the brain, related to energy balance and obesity. For examples see our recent papers in Genome Biology https://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13059-019-1708-1 and Nature Communications https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-13339-3. All projects involve integrated analysis of high-volume genomic, epigenomic, and gene expression data (next-generation sequencing: Bisulfite-seq, RNA-seq, etc.). The successful candidate will work independently and take a leading role in data analysis, interpretation, and visualization, and drafting of manuscripts for publication.

We offer a competitive salary and stimulating work environment, with opportunities for advancement. BCM is in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world and a vibrant and collaborative research environment. Houston is a large, culturally diverse and thriving metropolis with a relatively low cost of living.

Recent PhDs in computer science, bioinformatics, computational biology, and related fields will be considered. A strong background in statistics, and programming experience in a UNIX/Linux environment using programming languages such as Python, R, and/or Perl are required. Experience in high-throughput analysis of next-generation sequencing data and familiarity with cluster computing and widely-used genomic databases and software are advantageous.

The candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills (in English) and be capable of working within a team of biologists and programmers. No biological background is required, but the ideal candidate will have some familiarity with genetics and genomics. This position presents an outstanding training experience for someone with a solid computer science background who wishes to break into bioinformatics. Alternatively, this could be a great opportunity for someone with a strong background in molecular biology/genetics who seeks formal training in computer science/bioinformatics.

To apply, submit a single PDF containing your CV, statement of research interests, and names and contact information of three references to: Robert A. Waterland, PhD, Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular & Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, 1100 Bates St., Houston, TX 77030; E-mail: waterland@bcm.edu.

Baylor College of Medicine is an equal opportunity / affirmative action / equal access employer.

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science – Bioinformatics – Epigenomics