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Postdoc/Research Scientist Position in Cancer Epigenomics and Transcriptomics

An NIH-funded Postdoc/Research Scientist position is available the laboratory of Professor Wei Li ( in the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, one of the top medical schools in the United States.

The laboratory

Our lab is focused on the design and application of bioinformatics algorithms to elucidate global epigenetic mechanisms and transcription dynamics in normal development and diseases such as cancer. Since establishing the lab in early 2008, we have 1) Published more than 75 peer-reviewed papers through solid methodology development and extensive collaboration research, including 28 in Nature, Science and Cell series. 2) Been well-funded by NIH and Texas CPRIT with total external funding >$1.3 million per year. 3) Mentored the first 3 postdoc trainees to start their tenure track faculty positions in prestigious research institutions in the US.


The successful candidate is expected to develop novel bioinformatics algorithms to interpret cancer epigenome and transcriptome data in one of the 3 areas: 1) DNA methylation canyon (Nature Genetics 2014); 2) Alternative polyadenylation (APA) and alterations in 3`UTR (Nature 2014; Nature Comm. 2014); 3) Novel epigenetic signatures of cancer drivers (e.g. Broad H3K4me3) (Nature Genetics, in press). This position also offers many opportunities for collaborations with leading experimental biologists and physician scientists in translational biomedical research. Qualified candidate should have 1) a Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics, Genomics, Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, or a related field; 2) solid skills in at least one programming language (python, perl, R or C/C++); 3) practical experience in large-scale bioinformatic data analysis; 4) strong ability to communicate scientific material; 5) first or co-first author publications. Training in molecular biology is preferred but not requited. Salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to apply

Interested applicants should e-mail the CV, Personal Statement on your training/career goals, and the name/contact information of at least 3 references to Professor Wei Li ( with an email subject "Postdoctoral Application” or “Research Scientist Application”

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Scientific Programmer position

Ideal candidates should have a Bachelor or Master degree in Computer Science or related field and strong programming skills such as python/perl, C/C++, SQL/CGI, Java, etc. Prior bioinformatics training/experience is a plus. The primary object is to implement web-based and/or stand-alone software tools that enable biomedical researchers to interpret their large-scale genomics/microarray data.

How to apply: Applicants should submit a CV and name/contact information of three references to Dr. Wei Li (WL1 at bcm dot tmc dot edu) with email subject "Scientific Programmer application".

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