Post-Doctoral Fellow, Genomic Medicine

J. Craig Venter Institute
Job Location: 
La Jolla, CA

Medical, Dental, Paid Leave, Holidays, 401(k)

Job Description: 

The J. Craig Venter Institute is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow at our La Jolla, CA location. The Fellow will develop methods to analyze metagenomic datasets to identify new microbial agents of diarrhea and construct the framework of a database of pathogen-associated features, or signatures.

Responsibilities will include, but at are not limited to:

• Design and implement computational methods for metagenomic sequence assembly and read mapping
• Statistical analysis of microbial metagenomic data
• Database design and implementation
• Limited wet-lab activities: DNA extraction, PCR, qPCR
• Experimental design, execution and data analysis
• Publication of results in peer-reviewed journals
• Assistance with project development and proposal preparation


Qualified candidates will possess a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or Biomedical Science with a strong evidence of computational experience. Background in biological systems required, ideally with some training in microbiology. Perl or Python scripting expertise is required. The candidate should be familiar with specialized bioinformatics programs for genomic analysis, public genomics resources and databases, and mathematical and statistical analysis methods. Candidates must have a high level of initiative, good troubleshooting capabilities, excellent organizational and time management skills, the ability to work with minimum supervision, flexibility to handle a variety of tasks, and be able to shift priorities quickly.

Contact Information: 

JCVI offers an excellent working environment and a competitive benefit package. For more information and to apply to this position, please visit our website at Equal Opportunity Employer AA M/F/Vet/Disability

About Our Organization: 

For more than two decades Dr. J. Craig Venter and his research teams have been pioneers in genomic research. The revolution began in 1991 when at the National Institutes of Health Dr. Venter and his team developed expressed sequence tags (ESTs), a new technique to rapidly discover genes. Dr. Venter and his colleagues then started a new kind of not-for-profit research institute, The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR). With the freedom to pursue any number of exciting avenues in the burgeoning field of genomics, the team decided to use their new computing and computational tools, as well as new DNA sequencing technology, to sequence the first free living organism, Haemophilus influenzae in 1995. With this advance, the floodgates of genomics were opened. TIGR went on to sequence and analyze more than 50 microbial genomes. Dr. Venter and some from his team moved into mammalian genomics and sequenced some of the most important model organisms including the fruit fly, mouse and rat. The world's attention was perhaps most keenly focused on the sequencing and analysis of one genome — the human — which was published in 2001 by Dr. Venter and his team at Celera Genomics.