postdoctoral researcher

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Job Location
Center for Human Genetics, Institute of Molecular Medicine
1825 Pressler St
Houston, TX 77030
Job Description

Postdoc position at the Institute of Molecular Medicine: functional and statistical genomics 

Functional genomics laboratory seeking a talented postdoctoral researcher to work on exciting projects in regulation of protein translation and small ORF encoded peptides (SEP). The Wang laboratory focuses on applying and developing genomics methods to study gene regulation ( Ongoing projects include functional genomics experiments to collect relevant datasets, developing novel experimental approaches to generate new biological insights, and developing innovative statistical and computational methods for analyzing existing data. The advertised position is based in Houston and will be jointly mentored by Dr. Heejung Shim in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Shim is well known for her creative approaches to analyzing next generation sequencing data ( The successful candidate will take on method development projects leveraging fine structure patterns in next generation sequencing data (e.g. ribosome profiling, RBP footprint sequencing, and RNA-seq) to extract biological meanings. Visits to Melbourne are expected contingent on satisfactory progress. The Wang laboratory is located in the Institute of Molecular Medicine ( at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). UTHealth is one of the top institutes located in Texas Medical Center, along with MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine. 


A PhD in human genetics, genomics, statistics, computer science, or another relevant field. Experience in developing new statistical methods is preferred. Expertise in analyzing large-scale datasets and working knowledge on multiple programming languages are highly valued. An active GitHub footprint is a plus.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Sidney Wang directly at or Dr. Heejung Shim at In the email, please attach your CV, and a cover letter briefly describing your research interests and highlights of your research achievement. Please use the subject title “postdoc application, your name”. Applicants will be evaluated immediately (1/10/18) until the position is filled.

About Our Organization

UTHealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, minorities/women/individuals with disabilities/protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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