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Bioinformatics and the Microbiome

National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

The Jiang lab at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is inviting qualified applications for a postdoctoral research position in the area of bioinformatics and microbiome data science. The lab is located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, a bustling urban community next to Washington, D.C. The overarching goal of the lab is to use computational methods to interpret biological patterns from large scale microbiome data with the ultimate goal of advancing microbiome-based diagnosis and therapeutics.

The candidate will have extensive career development opportunities at NIH, including interaction with leading experts in a range of disciplines and biomedical science, proximity to NLM’s advanced biomedical database and information systems, and access to cutting-edge technology resources for biomedical research. Dr. Jiang is dedicated to providing a supportive mentoring environment to develop candidates into well rounded, independent researchers who are ready for future advancement. For more information about Dr. Jiang’s scientific background, please see her website (


The applicant should be a curious, self-motivated individual who is interested in applying and developing computational tools for analysis and integration of microbial genomic and metagenomic data to investigate the relationship between the microbiome and human health.

Applicants who meet the following requirements will be considered:
  1. A PhD conferred within the past 5 years; PhD candidates nearing graduation are also encouraged to apply.
  2. PhD in bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, mathematics, or other relevant disciplines.
  3. Strong proficiency in programming commonly used in data science (R, Python, Javascript and Bash) and ability to translate ideas into code is required. 
  4. Prior experiences in genomics, metabolomics or evolutionary biology
  5. Ability to conduct an independent research project and author scientific papers.
  6. Strong oral and written communication skills.

To Apply:

Please send a Cover Letter, CV, a statement of research interest, and contacts for three references to the PI, Dr. Xiaofang Jiang (


This post will be available until May 10, 2021 or until filled.

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