Postdoctoral Fellows - Computational Biology

Organization: 
The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Job Location: 
Farmington, CT
Job Description: 

Ucar Lab at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine is seeking highly-skilled computational scientists to make leading contributions to cutting edge research in genomics. The Ucar Lab is a computational biology lab specializing in developing data mining and machine learning models with a focus on gene regulation. Our future projects will focus on integrating and mining diverse functional genomic and epigenetic data to study the dynamics and mechanisms of transcriptional gene regulation.
The ideal candidate will:
• Possess a Ph.D. in computer science, statistics, electrical engineering, physics, biostatistics, or bioinformatics
• Have a proven track record and enthusiasm for conducting research in computational biology
• Be eager to learn new technologies and science
• Be able to learn and work independently, yet collaborate effectively with colleagues.

Requirements: 

The ideal candidate will:
• Possess a Ph.D. in computer science, statistics, electrical engineering, physics, biostatistics, or bioinformatics
• Have a proven track record and enthusiasm for conducting research in computational biology
• Be eager to learn new technologies and science
• Be able to learn and work independently, yet collaborate effectively with colleagues.

Desired Skills:
• Strong background in Data Mining/ Machine Learning/ Statistics
• Experience in applying and developing statistical packages in R and/or Matlab.
• Experience with algorithm development and model building
• Experience with programming in C or C++ or Java
• Experience with scripting languages such as Perl and Python, and with the UNIX/LINUX environment
• Experience with the analysis of biological datasets, especially next generation sequencing (NGS) data
• Familiarity with various public databases and data repositories, statistical software tools and packages, bioinformatics algorithms, particularly in the analysis of NGS data
• Strong communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively with other computational and wet-lab scientists.
• Ability to participate in an interdisciplinary and multi-cultural work environment

Fellows will be joining the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, which is a new institute dedicated to employ genomics to improve human health in a collaborative effort between the Jackson Laboratory (based in Bar Harbor, ME) and the state of Connecticut. The Jackson Laboratory, established in 1929 in Bar Harbor, ME, is a non-profit independent research institution with a proud history of innovative biomedical research spanning eight decades. The laboratory is driving progress in the new era of genomic medicine with the development of its new institute, Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, as part of a $1.1 billion new venture. The new institute is based in Farmington, CT in the Hartford metropolitan area and provides a unique environment for inter-disciplinary and multi-cultural interactions. Hartford is a lively metropolitan area and is within a two-hour drive to both Boston and New York City. The successful candidates are required to live and work in Connecticut with potential visits and training opportunities at the Bar Harbor, Maine campus.

Contact Information: 

All interested individuals should apply on-line at www.jax.org/careers, referring to job requisition #3927. Applications should include a Cover Letter and CV. When candidates are otherwise equally qualified, JAX will give preference to the Connecticut resident. The Jackson Laboratory is an EOE/AA employer.

About Our Organization: 

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. We employ more than 200 Ph.D. scientists and a total of more than 1,400 employees. In 2011 and 2012, researchers voted The Jackson Laboratory among the world’s top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in a poll conducted by The Scientist, a magazine for people working in the life sciences. The Laboratory draws on an 83-year reputation for excellence in mammalian genetics, built on the groundbreaking discoveries of its own researchers and on the development and global distribution of the most diverse collection of genetically unique mouse strains in the world. The Jackson Laboratory is a National Cancer Institute – designated cancer center. Our research covers a broad range of genetic disorders, including cancer, diabetes, neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune disorders, and conditions related to reproduction, development and aging. The Laboratory’s mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.