Postdoctoral Position - Bioinformatics

Computational Analysis of Development

A fully funded postdoctoral position with the potential for a longer-term opportunity is available to use computational methods to study development in the zebrafish and in complementary mouse, cell culture, and cavefish models in the NICHD Division of Developmental Biology (DDB) in Bethesda, Maryland.   The successful applicant will work closely with DDB investigators, primarily those within the Aquatic Models of Human Development Affinity Group including Drs. Brant WeinsteinHarold BurgessAjay ChitnisKatie Drerup, and Ben Feldman, to develop and apply bioinformatic approaches to study developmental biology research topics including vascular development, developmental epigenetics, behavioral neurogenetics, collective cell migration, and neural patterning and development.

This a multi-disciplinary position at the intersection of biology and computer science, and we are flexible in the particular skill set. We seek either a trained biologist with strong computational/bioinformatics skills or a trained computer scientist with a strong biological interest, knowledge, and background. Programming skills, particularly Python or R, and experience in the application of command-line tools to genomic data are essential. Applicants must possess good communication skills and be fluent in both spoken and written English. The ability to learn how to use new software and quickly become expert in its use, critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and the ability to work semi-independently are required. The scientific environment and resources for this position are superb, including unparalleled high performance computing resources, a varied and interesting portfolio of biological research questions to develop bioinformatic tools and analysis for, expert bioinformatics training and mentoring, and highly competitive stipend support and the potential for longer-term employment.

Interested applicants should have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, molecular biology, or closely related field. To apply, send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, cover letter with a brief description of research experience and interests, and the names of 3 references (with phone numbers) via e-mail to and to

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