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Genetics and Genomics of Pancreatic Cancer

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

A postdoctoral fellowship position is available within the Laboratory of Translational Genomics in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Amundadottir is seeking a highly motivated individual interested in using genetic and genomic approaches to understand the functional consequences of carrying inherited pancreatic cancer risk variants. The lab is highly interdisciplinary and uses state-of-the-art omics technologies including various high throughput sequence-based approaches to assess allele specific effects on gene expression, splicing, chromatin accessibility, and chromatin interactions. In parallel, a wide variety of molecular and cell biology methods are applied to evaluate the biological consequences of altered regulation or function of susceptibility genes and their downstream pathways. The lab is increasingly applying high throughput screening methods (e.g. CRISPR, MPRA) and relevant environmental stimuli (e.g. inflammation) in the search for molecular phenotypes underlying cancer risk across multiple risk loci simultaneously

Goals: The successful candidate will be mentored to learn new methods and approaches in genetics, genomics and functional biology, present their work at national and international meetings, publish high impact papers, network with others in the field, and prepare for an independent research career.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology or biochemistry, and no more than five years of postdoctoral experience. We seek curious and self-motivated individuals with a strong background in genomic and molecular biology methods and an interest in using cutting edge omics approaches. Experience with computational analysis of large scale genetic and genomic datasets is a plus, as well as a strong publication record and effective written and verbal communication skills. Researchers from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. We highly value diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

For more information about the position, contact Dr. Laufey Amundadottir, Senior Investigator.

To Apply:

See the Division Fellowship Information for an overview, qualifications, and application details.  Go to and click on Fellowships & Training. Submit a cover letter, CV, and names of three referees to Dr. Laufey Amundadottir (


This post will be available until July 8, 2021 or until filled.

This position is subject to a background investigation.

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