Postdoctoral Positions


Epigenetic variation, which is heritable variation that is not due to sequence changes, has been observed to underly a number of biological phenomena. However, the prevalence and heritable behavior of epigenetic variation is not yet well understood. I am recruiting a postdoctoral fellow for my Computational Genomics group at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to work on a project which will study the prevalence, heritability and potential consequences of epigenetic variation in maize. As an ideal candidate for this position, you'll be a talented, self-motivated biologist with experience at the bench but who loves bioinformatics. You will be interested in applying computational approaches to manipulating and analyzing large molecular and genetic data sets, and in exploring new methods and technologies as they emerge. Scientifically, you should have an interest in aspects of epigenetics, RNA interference, and/or genomic biology.


You will have a Ph.D. in Genetics, Plant Biology, Biochemistry, or Bioinformatics (or equivalent specialization) and I expect you to have a working knowledge of statistics as it applies to the design and interpretation of large, multifactorial experiments. You need to be very comfortable using a Linux/UNIX environment, and along with that, you should be proficient in a scripting language like Perl or Python. Some experience with microarrays or, even better, quantitative sequencing is preferable, but not required. Moving beyond the technical, you need to have excellent problem-solving, communication, and teamwork skills, and be able to work independently. I also require that you have at least one first author publication in English.


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a unique and world-renowned research and educational institution with programs in plant biology, cancer, neuroscience, genomics and bioinformatics. The Laboratory is recognized internationally for its excellence in research and educational activities. A successful candidate will have opportunities to interact with and participate in advanced research in molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology, and will have access to robust information technology resources including high-performance cluster computing resources.


Review of applications is ongoing. Please send CV, a statement of research interests, and 3 reference contacts to:

Matthew Vaughn, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Williams 5
1 Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724 USA

tel: (516) 367-8808

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