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Statistical and Computational Scientist

National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the Precision Health Informatics Section (PHIS), a new section in the Center for Precision Health Research (CPHR) at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in Bethesda, Maryland under Dr. Josh Denny.

As a physician scientist, Dr. Denny is deeply committed to improving patient care through the advancement of precision medicine. He came to the NIH in early 2020 to assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of the All of Us research program, which hopes to build one of the largest and most comprehensive precision medicine research platforms in the world. In his previous research group at Vanderbilt, and now at NHGRI, he has pioneered the field of electronic health record (EHR) phenomics/genomics, pioneering new methods such as EHR genome-wide analysis (GWAS), EHR pharmacogenomics (PGx), phenome-wide analysis (PheWAS), and phenotype risk scores (PheRS).

The successful candidate will be expected to learndevelop, and apply novel computational algorithms that can analyze, integrate, and discover clinically relevant associations from large cohorts while utilizing a breadth of large clinical and genomic datasets. This includes data from technologies such as GWAS, whole exome and genome sequencing, electronic health record data, laboratory data, and survey data. There is also opportunity to develop novel methods to model biologic and clinical processes using historical and molecular data.

Qualifications:

Candidates should have or be very close to obtaining a terminal biomedical degree (e.g., MD or Ph.D.) with expertise in biomedical informatics or bioinformatics, biostatistics, computer science, genetics, computational biology or closely related areas. Programming skill and statistical knowledge are required. Excellent communication skills and fluency in both spoken and written English are essential.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, a detailed statement of their research interests, and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Denny’s lab manager Dr. Tracey Ferrara at tracey.ferrara@nih.gov.
 
 

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