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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Infectious Diseases - 51583
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 04/23/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Post Doc Instructions

Please do not submit an application to this posting.  To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

A Ph.D. level position is available in the Mitreva Lab (https://mitrevalab.wustl.edu ) at the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine and McDonnell Genome Institute and Washington University School of Medicine. The candidate will be part of an established and successful research group focused on integrating ‘multi-omics’ approaches aimed at understanding infectious diseases at a systems biology level. The position requires working collaboratively with a team of experimental and computational biologists focused on integrating multidimensional biological data to better understand pathogen biology, ecology, host-pathogen interaction, epidemiology, transmission etc.

The candidate will work on projects that have a main goal to identify genetic markers and mechanisms of resistance of anthelmintic resistance that will facilitate production of tools to tackle parasites emergence and spread. This will be achieved by studying the genomes and transcriptomes of susceptible and resistant parasites from different endemic areas/countries and use functional genomics tools to study mechanisms of resistance. The candidate will be responsible for leading and carrying out these innovative projects that involve population and functional genomics studies of helminth parasites in Africa and South America. The candidate will have opportunities to travel and to present at national and international conferences.

Publications reflecting the research portfolio of Mitreva Lab: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=search&term=mitreva+m+or+mitreva-dautova+m .

Information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs .

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree (Ph.D.) in computational biology or a related field.
  • Solid background in molecular biology/genetics techniques, computational biology and biostatistics.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to be outstanding in drive, eagerness, and scientific imagination, as well as organized and self-motivated.
  • Experience in genomics and bioinformatics.
  • Experience in computational, statistical analysis and phylogenomics are particularly encouraged.
  • Familiarity with frequently used bioinformatic tools (NGS aligners, GATK package, NCBI website tools, Ensembl, UCSC genome browser, Kinship, RNA-seq analysis tools, DEseq).
  • Proficient in R and in programming languages (MATLAB, C#, and R), programs useful for high-throughput analysis (e.g. cytoscape), databases (MySQL, Oracle), Perl scripting language.
  • Comfortable working on UNIX/Linux platform. 

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Department Summary

Washington University School of Medicine (https://medicine.wustl.edu ) is one of the two main campuses of Washington University in St. Louis (https://wustl.edu ) , a private research university founded in 1853. McDonnell Genome Institute (http://genome.wustl.edu/ ) has been at the forefront of genome research since its inception in 1993. We are a world-leader in genomics research as it applies to the study of model organisms and human biology, infections, genetic diseases and the field of personalized medicine. We provide a value-added biologically and clinically-relevant sequence analysis, and foster public understanding of science through various educational and outreach efforts.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits.  Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits:  https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ .

Applicant Special Instructions

Interested candidates should email their cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of their research, one key first author publication and contact information for three recent references to: mmitreva@wustl.edu .

Makedonka Mitreva, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and of Genetics
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine
Assistant Director, McDonnell Genome Institute
Director, Center for Clinical Genomics of Microbial Systems

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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