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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gürsoy Lab


New York Genome Center

Job Location

101 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
United States

Job Description

About the Gürsoy Lab

Dr. Gamze Gürsoy’s research group develops tools to analyze and understand large-scale omics data in relation to diseases and phenotypes. We are particularly interested in developing privacy-preserving software, file formats, and pipelines that enable broad sharing and analysis of sensitive genotypic and phenotypic data in public servers. We are also interested in developing tools to map the regulatory wiring of the chromatin to interrogate the regulatory variation affecting the molecular phenotypes associated with diseases. Much of our work focuses on creating reproducible, efficient, easy-to-use, and cloud-ready tools for the broad biomedical community. The computational work in the lab will be supported by experimental approaches, creating opportunities for cross-disciplinary studies. The lab is physically located at the New York Genome Center, but the Principal Investigator (“PI”) and trainees are also part of Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. We will also have active collaborations with the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University.


Position Description

The Gürsoy Lab is looking for an innovative and motivated postdoctoral research associate interested in developing privacy-preserving software, file formats, and pipelines that enable broad sharing and analysis of sensitive genotypic and phenotypic data in public servers. In addition to designing your own research and papers, there will be opportunities validating and benchmarking your tools on newly generated data in the lab and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students from Columbia University. You will work closely with the PI on curating your research program and potential fellowship and grant applications. You will interface regularly with collaborators inside and outside of NYGC and Columbia University. 


Position Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, or equivalent;
  • Proficiency in programming (C/C++, Java, Python) is required;
  • Background in genomic privacy and/or privacy-preserving computation (SMC, Homomorphic Encryption, SGX, etc) is preferred;
  • Familiarity with analyzing omics data is preferred;
  • Familiarity with molecular biology and genetics is preferred;
  • Excellent organization and communication skills are essential, along with a high degree of independence and flexibility required; and,
  • The ability and interest to interact with other members of the research group are required.




  • Technical and Professional Skills: Consistently demonstrates skills and knowledge relevant for current role; strives to expand the depth and breadth of technical and professional skills; works with a high level of integrity; exhibits focus and discipline; appropriately prioritizes, manages expectations and delivers on commitments.
  • Collaborative & Communicative: Models collaboration and teamwork; brings out the best in others; effectively works with all levels, internally and externally; respects and embraces diversity of perspective; communicates clearly and listens carefully; uses good judgment as to what to communicate and when to do so.
  • Adaptable & Innovative: Adaptable and embraces change; develops new insights and pursues improvements and efficiency; fosters exchange of new ideas and willing to challenge the status quo; takes initiative and is solution-oriented; engages in work with passion and curiosity.


Work Flexibility

NYGC has established a flexible work policy to give employees and other staff more ability to balance their work, personal commitments, and commuting challenges. The incumbent in this position is eligible for a flexible work schedule or hybrid remote work arrangement with supervisory approval.



FLSA Status – Exempt

This position is eligible for visa sponsorship and relocation assistance.


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About Our Organization

About the New York Genome Center


The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s), and cancer.


Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with the leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.


Equal Opportunity


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to NYGC’s core mission. We strive to create a workplace environment that is welcoming and fair to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or religion. We believe that when people of various backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives work together in an inclusive and equitable environment we gain new and valuable perspectives that otherwise would have been missed. Valuing and supporting all NYGC employees as individuals while helping them realize their full potential is critical to promoting greater collaboration, innovation, and discovery – fostering a sense of belonging for our greatest strength, our people. We recognize that there is still work to be done that will require sustained commitment from the entire organization.


The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, protected veteran or military status, domestic violence victim status, partnership status, caregiver status, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. NYGC takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 

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