Mentor: Liz Worthey, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Computational Genomics and Data Science, the Departments of Pediatrics and Pathology, the University of Alabama at Birmingham. firstname.lastname@example.org
Two post-doctoral positions are available in Dr. Liz Worthey’s Center for Computational Genomics and Data Science, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Departments of Pediatrics and Pathology. Our center works to extract knowledge from biological datasets to increase understanding of human disease. Further; we seek to translate this information for the treatment of patients. As such, the center has close collaborations with clinicians and researchers at a number of nationally-acclaimed medical centers including Children’s of Alabama.
We are seeking passionate and motivated postdocs to join our team of individuals from diverse educational backgrounds including software engineers, molecular biologists, bioinformaticians, data scientists, variant analysts, and geneticists. Projects include the development and application of omic, bioinformatic, and data science based methods for identification and understanding of causal molecular variation in rare or more common undiagnosed or misdiagnosed disease. We also focus on the identification and study of variation that alters an individual's response to therapeutics or modifies clinical presentation, progression, and/or outcome.
Project will depend on the interests and abilities of the applicant. The positions are for 2-3 years with possible extension. Positions will provide continued training for those interested in the transition to scientific independence, industry, or other types of positions. The candidate will have opportunities to write manuscripts and grants, mentor students, and present key findings from the project at national and international conferences.
Ideal candidates would have:
A Ph.D. in genomics, genetics, informatics, statistics, bioinformatics, computer science, etc. with a general background in computational and/or molecular biology.
Demonstrated research achievements.
Good communication skills to support leading projects and project teams, communications with team members and stakeholders with varied scientific, engineering, and clinical backgrounds, and for writing grants and manuscripts.
Experience in programming languages (Python, R, etc.), shell scripting, version control and workflow tools (Snakemake, Nextflow, etc.)
Strong skills in data analysis. Experience in genome-wide association studies and polygenic risk score calculation, multi-omic data integration, variant modelling, and/or interpretation is a plus.
Excellent decision-making, presentation, and organization skills.
Postdoc Benefits: UAB is a highly collegial and interactive environment that has an active Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) providing mentoring and career guidance. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. A Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards is held annually. The OPE strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and family-friendly environment.
To apply, please email Liz (email@example.com) a letter of interest and current CV including a list of publications and details of three references.
About our Postdoc Office:
UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.
About the University:
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.
The NCI-designated UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the nation's leading cancer research and treatment centers. Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with some 25,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity, and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.
For more information on Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at UAB, visit the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion or call (205) 934-8762. Or contact the office at 701 20th Street South, AB 336, Birmingham, AL 35294-0103.