Date Posted: Jan 26, 2018
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Daphne W. Bell, within the Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute, at NIH.
Position description: We are seeking a highly-motivated Postdoctoral candidate committed to research in cancer genomics. The overarching goal of the Bell lab is to identify pathogenic driver genes that underlie the development of the most clinically aggressive forms of human endometrial cancer. Our research entails next generation sequencing of clinical samples at the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center, in silico mining of large publically available genomic datasets, and functional annotation of mutations in candidate driver genes. The successful applicant will use bioinformatics approaches to analyze in-house and publically available next-generation sequence data to identify candidate cancer genes, with the possibility of utilizing molecular, biochemical, and cellular approaches to functionally discriminate driver mutations from passenger mutations in selected genes-of-interest. Access to extensive core facilities including cores in bioinformatics, microarrays, copy number analysis, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, and a transgenic mouse core, offers the trainee wide latitude in the design and pursuit of their research questions. Extensive career development opportunities are available through the NHGRI Intramural Training Office and the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education. The Intramural Research Program is on the Bethesda campus and offers a wide array of training opportunities for scientists early in their careers. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.
Qualifications: Successful candidates should have or be very close to obtaining a PhD, and have less than two years of Postdoctoral experience. Applicants should have a strong background in cancer research, as well as expertise in computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, or a related field. Experience in molecular/cellular biology and biochemistry are highly desirable. A demonstrated record of scientific accomplishment evidenced by at least one first-author paper, a strong work ethic, and strong intellectual commitments to cancer research and to the individual research project, are essential. The successful candidate should possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and stellar communication skills with fluency in both spoken and written English.