Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Company: University of Southern California

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Job description: Postdoctoral research position at USC in human medical population genetics

A postdoctoral research position is available in the lab of Dr. Charleston Chiang in the Center for Genetic Epidemiology, Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC). The Chiang lab utilizes cutting-edge analytic tools to address questions at the intersection of human medical and population genetics. In particular, we have a strong interest in using genomic data to understand the evolution and architecture of complex traits and the history of diverse human populations. These insights will be critical for future medical genetics studies and in practicing personalized medicine.

The successful candidate will have substantial input in the nature and the direction of the ongoing research projects within the lab and will be encouraged to explore projects that broadly fit within the lab’s research interest and funded R35 and R01 grants. These goals include learning about demographic history or natural selection from genetic variation data, or understanding genetic architecture and evolutionary history of complex traits in diverse populations. Opportunities are available for both method development as well as analysis of large-scale genotyping and next-generation sequencing data in humans from diverse populations. Additional information about our lab and research can be found at:

The Chiang Lab is affiliated with the Departments of Population and Public Health Sciences, which is one of the nation’s leading research programs in epidemiology and biostatistics, with expertise in genetics research in diverse populations. The Chiang Lab is also jointly affiliated with the Department of Quantitative and Computational Biology at USC, which provide key technological, methodological and statistical interactions for genetics research. Together, these Departments offer exceptional resources and collaborative opportunities for postdoctoral fellows. In particular, we work closely with research groups focusing on genetic epidemiology, statistical and functional genomics, and population genetics.

Funding is available for at least 2 years. Position is renewable annually after 2 years contingent upon satisfactory progress. Due to the pandemic, some level of working from home is expected and negotiable. Salary will be competitive, starting at step 5 of the NIH postdoctoral scale (greater than $62K per year), commensurate with experience and expertise. The University of Southern California offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and short and long term disability insurance.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in genetics, computer science, bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related field. Proficiency in one or more programming languages (e.g. python, perl, C++, R, etc.) and in Unix-based computing environment is essential. Experience in conducting human genetics or population genetics research and analyzing large genetic datasets is a plus, but not required. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, but by December 1st, 2021, at the latest. Position will remain open until filled. The position is expected to start in Spring or Summer 2022, though specific dates are negotiable.

Interested candidates should submit a CV, short (1-2 pages) cover letter describing your research interests and fit within the lab, and contact information for 2-3 references. Reference letters are accepted, but not required at this stage. Informal inquiries are welcomed and can be addressed to Dr. Charleston Chiang at

Job Description Summary
Minimum Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within previous five years

Minimum Experience: 0-1 year

Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education in research specialization with advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures and analysis methods.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at . Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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Job date: Fri, 13 Aug 2021 23:52:21 GMT

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