Postdoctoral Research Associate position open in Dr. Guoyan Zhaoâ™s laboratory (https://neuroscience.wustl.edu/items/postdoctoral-research-associate-zhao-lab/) in the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine. The Zhao laboratory employs multiple cutting-edge technologies in genomics and computational biology to investigate the development and function of mammalian brains in the context of human health and disease. Current areas of interest include applying single-nucleus RNA-sequencing and spatial proteomics technologies on human brains with the goal of understanding disease pathogenesis of Alzheimer disease (AD), Parkinson disease (PD) and Lewy body diseases (LBDs).
The position requires working collaboratively with a team of experimental and computational biologists focused on single-nucleus RNA-seq data analysis and âœmulti-omicsâ data integration with a main goal to identify genetic markers and mechanisms of neurodegeneration that will lead to better disease diagnosis, treatment and eventually cure. The candidate will be responsible for leading and carrying out these innovative projects, assist with grant preparation and reporting, and prepare and submit papers for publication. The successful candidate will have opportunities to travel and to present at national and international conferences.
The Department of Neuroscience is a highly collaborative and intellectually stimulating environment made up of over 30 international-leading faculty members. The neurodegenerative research program at Washington University School of Medicine is nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence and productivity. The Bioinformatics Program and the Neuroscience Program of WUSM is ranked #1 and #9 respectively by U.S. News and World Report.
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Ph.D. (or equivalent doctorate) degree in genetics, neuroscience, bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, statistical genetics, medical statistics, or related areas. Alternatively, an M.D. degree with appropriate prior research experience may apply.
Evidence of a strong quantitative research background with experience in programming and statistics.
Both biology/neuroscience and bioinformatics/statistics knowledge.
Experience in Next-generation sequencing data analysis, large scale data analysis (RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, Hi-C, single cell RNA-seq), and comparative genomics.
Experience with the relevant bioinformatics tools (e.g. Seurat, STAR, DESEQ2 etc.).
Proficiency in scientific programming languages (e.g. Perl, Python, R) in a Linux/UNIX and/or Windows environment.
Knowledge or experience in molecular biology.
Knowledge of neuroscience and neurodegeneration is a plus.
Highly motivated and well organized with excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, establishing and maintaining good working relationships with the P.I. and other members of the research group.
Base pay is commensurate with experience.
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