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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gursoy Lab

Company: New York Genome Center
Location: New York
Posted on: July 9, 2024

Job Description:

In collaboration with the Neuropsychiatric Disease (NPD) Research group, Dr. Gamze Gursoy's Lab at NYGC and is looking for an innovative and motivated postdoctoral research associate interested in the following research areas: statistical genetics, population genetics, and/or machine learning, all in the context of neuropsychiatric disorders. In addition to designing your own research and papers, there will be opportunities for validating and benchmarking your tools on newly generated data in the lab and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students from Columbia University. You will work closely with the PI and NPD research group led by Dr. Thomas Lehner on curating your research program and on fellowship and grant applications. You will interface regularly with collaborators inside and outside of NYGC and Columbia University.
Position Requirements


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Genetics, Epidemiology, or equivalent;
  • Proficiency in programming (C/C++, Java, Python, R) is required;
  • Background in any of the following areas is preferred: statistical genetics, machine learning, neuroscience;
  • Excellent organization and communication skills are essential, along with a high degree of independence and flexibility required; and,
  • The ability and interest to interact with other members of the research group are required.

    Mentoring Plan
    The Postdoctoral Research Associate will meet with Dr. Gursoy regularly and regularly interact with researchers at NYGC and Columbia. They will also meet NPD research group leadership Drs Lehner and Karam to receive additional mentoring and skill development. They will participate in group meetings and attend national and international conferences. The postdoc can access resources for professional advancement and skill development at the NYGC and Columbia, which will help build toward an academic or industry career.

    Salary & Benefits
    The pay for this position is $88,000 per year; this includes a $70,000 base pay and a $1,500 per month taxable postdoctoral housing allowance ($18,000 per year), a full range of medical, financial, and other benefits, and generous time off.

    Work Flexibility
    The Gursoy lab operates on a 100% in person schedule with flexibility around personal circumstances.
    About the Gursoy Lab
    Dr. Gamze Gursoy's research group develops computational and experimental tools to address many different questions in genomics such as 1) can we develop multimodal statistical inference tools integrating genetics and her data to better investigate disease mechanism? 2) what are the forces and factors that determine the spatial organization of the genome and how does this organization of the genome influence phenotype? 3) can biological systems be used to securely and efficiently store, maintain, and access the information? and 4) can we develop multimodal inference tools to better investigate disease mechanism? The lab is physically located at the New York Genome Center, but the PI and trainees are also part of Department of Biomedical Informatics and Department of Computer Science as well as Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University.
    About the New York Genome Center
    The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's), and cancer.

    Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with the leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.

    Equal Opportunity
    Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to NYGC's core mission. We strive to create a workplace environment that is welcoming and fair to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or religion. We believe that when people of various backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives work together in an inclusive and equitable environment we gain new and valuable perspectives that otherwise would have been missed. Valuing and supporting all NYGC employees as individuals while helping them realize their full potential is critical to promoting greater collaboration, innovation, and discovery - fostering a sense of belonging for our greatest strength, our people. We recognize that there is still work to be done that will require sustained commitment from the entire organization.

    The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, protected veteran or military status, domestic violence victim status, partnership status, caregiver status, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. NYGC takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.



    FLSA Status - Exempt
    This position is eligible for visa sponsorship and relocation assistance.

Keywords: New York Genome Center, New York , Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gursoy Lab, Healthcare , New York, New York

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