Inviting applications for a postdoc position

/ November 25, 2020

Postdoctoral Scholar Position

The Leffler Lab in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah is recruiting a Postdoctoral Scholar broadly interested in human genomics, malaria, and/or structural variation. The Postdoctoral Scholar will lead a new project in the lab in one of our areas of focus, depending on his/her interest and expertise. Potential projects include (1) dual transcriptomics of malaria infections and (2) characterizing mechanisms of structural variant formation. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also have flexibility to develop independent lines of research during their appointment. The position is available as early as February 2021 and the start date is negotiable. A remote start with a later move to Salt Lake City is possible.

The Leffler Lab uses evolutionary and genomics approaches to study adaptation to infectious disease, especially malaria. We value inclusivity and support professional development of trainees both inside and outside academia. We are located in the Eccles institute for Human Genetics at the University of Utah (http://www.genetics.utah.edu/) among a strong community of evolutionary, computational, genomics, and infectious disease researchers, with links to the Biology Department (https://www.biology.utah.edu/) and other medical school departments including through the Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Disease Initiative (https://uofuhealth.utah.edu/immunology-inflammation-infectious-diseases/). We are located in Salt Lake City, which is offers excellent quality-of-life with remarkable access to outdoor activities in the nearby mountains and deserts.

Candidate qualifications: A Ph.D. in a biological or quantitative discipline is required. Working knowledge of evolutionary and population genetics, experience with genomics and bioinformatics analyses, programming experience, and a strong quantitative background are preferred. Previous experience analyzing large transcriptomic or genomics data sets would be an advantage. The candidate should have a track record of scientific publications and conference presentations commensurate with career stage.

Compensation: Full salary and benefits available for up to three years. The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable upon satisfactory performance.

How to apply: Please send a CV and a cover letter describing research interests and experience, future career goals, reason for interest in this position, and contact information for two references to leffler@genetics.utah.edu.

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