Desert Research Institute (DRI), NSHE

Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Genetics

Desert Research Institute

Reno, NV, United States

The Institute for Health Innovation’s Healthy Nevada Project in Reno, NV is searching for Postdoctoral Fellows specializing in Human Genetics to join the research team located at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. The Healthy Nevada Project focuses on finding associations between an extensive Electronic Medical Record database and a growing population of sequenced participants using the Helix Exome+ platform. There are two open positions broadly focused on: 1) examining relationships between genotype and phenotype in the Healthy Nevada population; 2) identifying Gene X Environment interactions as part of a newly funded NIH R01 project to examine genetic effects and environmental carcinogens with cancer.

Successful candidates will use and develop statistical genetics tools and develop techniques to examine human genotypes and phenotypes to generate focused hypotheses driving the identification of disease targets. The postdoctoral fellows will collaborate with a team of computational molecular biologists and clinical data scientists, clinicians and physicians to study medical and sequencing data to uncover links to and regulation of diseases relevant to Northern Nevada.

This position will be responsible for supporting high-level genomics and phenomics research and publications.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in bioinformatics, molecular biology, biochemistry, computer science, or related fields from and accredited institution.
  • Minimum three years of experience with genomic data or electronic medical data.
  • Proven research experience and publication records

Preferred Skills

  • Genetics/genomics data analysis: GWAS, Whole Genome/Exome Studies, WGES, PheWAS
  • Knowledge and experience with gene-collapsing methods
  • Strong R programming skills
  • Well-versed in Unix/Linux environments and shell scripting
  • Experience using bioinformatics tools and databases: PLINK, PSEQ, IMPUTE2, BEAGLE, UCSC Genome Browser, dbSNP, UK Biobank
  • Python and/or Perl experience


Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications, with continued appointment (assessed annually for up to a maximum of two years) being dependent upon performance and availability of funding. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in program development and reporting. This position is eligible for benefits and relocation; see Postdoctoral Fellow benefits summary for an overview:

Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online at and are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received, or a hiring decision has been made. Applications will be treated confidentially until the final stages of the search process. For more detailed information about DRI, please visit us at For questions regarding this position or assistance with your application, please call the recruiting office at 775-673-7332.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.