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Bioinformatic Post-doctoral Associate, Xu Lab

The Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, is recruiting one highly motivated bioinformatics postdoctoral associate (2-year appointment) to begin immediately, who aspires to become an independent academic researcher in the areas of addiction genetics and epigenetics and computational psychiatry.

The postdoctoral associate will work primarily with Dr. Ke Xu, Professor of Psychiatry, on NIH- funded studies identifying epigenetic alterations associated with substance misuses in humans. The role will involve analyzing high throughput genomic data, including DNA methylation sequencing, RNAseq, and single cell RNAseq; performing integrative analyses; and delivering analytical results. The applicant will be expected to have the capacity to work independently as well as collaboratively with other members of the lab, experience in developing workflows for sequencing data, and the ability to multitask.

Other research duties will include authoring and co-authoring several manuscripts per year, assisting with grant writing, collaborating with other investigators, and attending professional conferences.

Qualifications include a doctoral degree in genetics/epigenetics, statistical genetics, mental health, bioinformatics, or other relevant areas at the time the position begins and excellent project management and writing skills. Excellent programming skills (R or Python, Linux shell scripting) and experience with high performance computing in Linux environment is required. Experience with psychiatric disorder research and 1-2 years prior post-doctoral experience are preferred but not required. Yale University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and actively solicits applications from women and minority candidates.

Applicant Instructions:

To apply, please send a single PDF documenting the following to

  • Cover letter detailing previous research experience, interests, and career goals
  • CV
  • Names and contact information of three academic references