Faculty position, Dept of Genetics, KFSHRC

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Job Location
King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre,
Riyadh, 12713
Saudi Arabia

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is one of the most renowned Centers in the Middle-East and successful applicants are offered significant benefit packages depending on experience. 

Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated transplant scientist to lead a new translational genomic and other ‘omics’ project in Transplantation at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The position at a “scientist” level (3-4 years post-doctoral experience is desirable but not essential) with an academic appointment at the assistant/associate professor level, will be primarily based within the newly established Transplantation Research Program but it will span significant interaction with the Genetics, Pathology and Pharmacy groups across the Hospital. The position will involve significant interaction with Professor Mike Snyder’s group in Stanford University (including spending time in his Institute), and with a number of the North American and European iGeneTRAiN collaborator sites. 

We have recently been funded under the National Transformation Program of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to establish a Clinical Genomics laboratory and to develop a Precision Medicine program. We aim to quickly transition this to a CAP/CLIA accredited lab for microarray and Next Generation Sequencing. We are also embarking on a major clinical grade Metabolomics/Proteomics laboratory which will be initiated in 2018.  The position will also be integral to The Saudi Human Genome Project which is well underway and aims to sequence the exomes/genomes/targeted regions of at least 100,000 individuals, and to undertake analyses thereof. We anticipate contributing and analyzing all available transplant samples to this endeavor.

The applicant should have a strong GWAS and statistical background, excellent writing skills, and innovative biological insight. Our group is highly collaborative and the successful applicant must be able to effectively communicate with transplant clinicians, geneticists, and epidemiologists at KFSH&RC and collaborating groups.  


The ideal candidate for this position will be involved in positioning the transplant omics program within these ongoing translational programs. The position will entail significant interaction with The International Genetics & Translational Research in Transplantation Network (iGeneTRAiN) which has assembled the largest transplant genomic studies every assembled (www.igenetrain.org) encompassing genome-wide SNP data on > 45,000 participants including a number of Saudi transplant projects. For many of these studies there are DNA, RNA, biopsies, and plasma/serum specimens and whole exome sequencing and RNAseq datasets are already available on a number of these studies.

 PhD in Genetics, Statistical Genetics or a related discipline, or an MD, MD/ PhD) preferably with a few years of post-doctoral experience.

  • Experience in GWAS analyses, and preferably in Next Generation Sequencing analyses, and effective utilization of computer clusters.
  • Record of publication in the areas of statistical genetics or genetic epidemiology
  • Experience in the transplant field or a related medical field (e.g. chronic kidney disease) is desirable but not a necessity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Analysis of multiple omic datasets would be advantageous
How to Apply

To apply, please send CV to Brendan Keating: bkeating@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

About Our Organization

The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre is a 1589-bed tertiary/quaternary care and referral hospital based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is the national referral center for a variety of specialist conditions including oncology, organ transplantations, cardiac surgery and genetic diseases. KFSH&RC also maintains a facility in Jeddah and has an annual budget in excess $1.5 billion USD. KFSH&RC has one of the largest pediatric kidney and liver transplant programs in the world. 

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