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Postdoctoral Fellow

Full/Part Time: Full Time
Location/Affiliates: The Mount Sinai Hospital
Department: 024 - Personalized Medicine Institute
Requisition Number: PD13-1542098

Job Description:

A postdoctoral research position is available in the newly established lab of Dr. Eimear Kenny in the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Dr. Kenny's lab focuses on determining the genetic underpinnings of human diversity and disease susceptibility. Her group uses genomic approaches for human functional variant discovery using a combination of state of the art bioinformatics, statistical and experimental approaches. Current lab research topics include; (i) Genomics of the peoples of the South Pacific, (ii) Population structure in large-scale sequencing studies, (iii) Statistical methods for complex trait mapping in admixed and isolated populations, (iv) Optimizing next-generation sequencing strategies for cost efficient interrogation of human genetic diversity (v) Complex trait mapping in African-American and Hispanic populations.
The successful candidate for this position will have substantial input to the specific nature of the research project. However, the project should broadly fit within the lab's goals of learning about evolution and demographic history from genetic variation data, applying population genetic principles to the analysis of complex traits and developing novel experimental sequencing paradigms tailored to population genomics questions. Opportunities will be available to analyze (and/or generate) next-generation sequencing data from a variety of global populations.
The position is available for 2 years and may be continued contingent on successful progress and available funding. A competitive salary, travel opportunities and excellent benefits package will be offered commensurate with experience. The position is expected to start in spring/summer of 2013, though a specific start date is negotiable.

Job Qualifications:

* Candidates should have a Ph.D. in biology, genetics, computer science, statistics, anthropology, bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related field and the ability to work well in collaborative environments.
* Knowledge of theoretical population genetics, complex trait mapping and/or next-gen sequencing is a plus.
* This can be a computational position, or a combination of experimental and computational, however proficiency in programming in R, Perl (or Python), and shell scripting is essential. Other programming expertise (such as Java, C/C++) is highly desired.
* Preference will be given to candidates with a strong publication record, evidence of substantial research productivity, and ability to successfully communicate scientific information.
* Excellent English written and spoken skills are necessary.

Mount Sinai Medical Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We recognize the power and importance of a diverse employee population and strongly encourage applicants with various experiences and backgrounds. Mount Sinai Medical Center--An EEO/AA-D/V Employer.

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