Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), CU

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Columbia University

New York, NY, United States

Job Description

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow/Scientist

Job Family: Research

Grade: Postdoctoral Research Scientist

The Garcia lab and the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Department of Medicine is recruiting a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Scientist. The Garcia lab generates and analyzes high-throughput next generation sequencing data to study the genetics of lung disease, with an emphasis on pulmonary fibrosis. The ultimate goal of these projects is to determine the genomic variants and pathways that underlie susceptibility to disease, to define novel biomarkers of disease, and to identify novel treatments for pulmonary fibrosis. The recruit will integrate within the larger university-wide genetics environment, including the Mailman School of Public Health, Biostatistics, the Institute of Genomic Medicine and the Precision Genomics Laboratory. Columbia University Medical Center is a world leader at the forefront of a dynamic and translational endeavor to uncover the causes of human disease. This position represents an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of big data genomic analysis and the field of precision medicine. Various population and family-based datasets are available, with associated clinical, radiologic and biomarker phenotyping.

We are seeking highly motivated researchers with strong analytic skills at the PostDoc and staff scientist level to join our effort to generate novel insights of disease using these unique datasets while working in a very dynamic, multidisciplinary and collaborative environment.

Current research projects include the analysis of:

  • Whole exome and whole genome sequence data of patients
  • Identification of rare genetic variants in large family-based and population-based cohorts
  • Single cell RNA-Seq data of animal models of human genetic disease
  • Translational phenotyping projects that integrate clinical, biomarker and genomic data


  • The successful applicant will hold or shortly expect to obtain an advanced degree (i.e., MD, PhD or both) and experience in a relevant field, such as genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science or statistical genomics
  • There should be commensurate experience with a proven ability to function in this role
  • Hands-on experience with large scale human genomic datasets is expected and required
  • The candidate should have solid skills in at least one programming language (R, Python, Perl) and experience working in Linux or high-performance cluster environments
  • A strong ability to extract biologic insights from data-driven approaches
  • Familiarity with interrogating publically available resources is highly beneficial
  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail are a must

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Garcia (

We offer competitive salaries and benefits. Please refer to the Columbia Human Resources website ( for more information. Information on being a postdoc at Columbia can be found at

Diversity and inclusion are core values at Columbia University. Columbia University is an equal opportunity employer and seeks an exceptionally qualified and diverse faculty, staff, students and postdocs. 


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Postdoctoral Research Scientist