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Microbial Genomics: Machine Learning and Statistics

National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

The Jiang lab at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is inviting qualified applications for postdoctoral research positions in the area of applying machine learning or statistics to genomic data science. The overarching goal of the lab is to develop computational tools and approaches that advance our understanding of microbial and viral evolution and aid in the development of microbial-based diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive practices.
The selected candidate will be able to contribute to the ongoing projects in the lab, as well as develop their own independent research projects. Several projects are currently available including 1) Deep learning for novel protein family classification; 2) Constructing probabilistic models for co-occurrence analysis based on interaction network 3) Computational tool development to interpret biological patterns from large-scale metagenomic data. For more information, please visit our website:


Applicants who meet the following requirements will be considered for the positions:

  • A Ph.D. with less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience
  • Ph.D. in Statistics/Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, or other relevant
  • Extensive experience/training in Machine Learning, Statistics, Data structures, and Algorithms.
  • Programming skills in Python, C/C++, GO, Rust, or equivalent.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Experience in genomics analysis

Prior experience in at least one of the following computational areas is required:

  • Deep Learning applied to protein science
  • Probabilistic graphical model
  • Statistical tool development
  • Implementation of algorithms in a big data environment, especially high-performance computing clusters

To Apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and contact information for three references (names and e-mail addresses) to Dr. Xiaofang Jiang ( using the following email subject: “PostDoc applicant – FirstName, LastName”.

The NIH is dedicated to building a community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.