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Requisition # 2969

Position Basics

Advertising Ends on:Extended Until Position is Filled
Advertising Started on:Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
College:Carver College of Medicine


Salary:$47,484.00 to Commensurate

Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Percent Time:100%
Position Description:

Postdoctoral Researcher - Machine learning in human genomics

Department of Psychiatry

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join the laboratory of Jake Michaelson, PhD, in the department of psychiatry at the University of Iowa.

The Michaelson lab investigates the effect of genetic variation on the development and function of the brain, particularly in the context of neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism and language impairment.  Our work revolves mostly around integrating information from large scale data sets (e.g., whole genome sequencing, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, etc.) and deriving informative features so that predictive models can be built and used to better understand the molecular basis of neurodevelopmental conditions.  The Michaelson lab is highly multidisciplinary and includes elements of human subjects recruitment and research, experimental work with model organisms, and computational modeling.

This postdoctoral position will be devoted mostly to our work in uncovering the genetic and molecular basis of human language through analysis of whole genome sequencing (WGS) data.  In particular, the candidate will be expected to perform analyses that integrate our WGS data with other forms of data in order to explore new hypotheses about the genetic basis of language. The candidate will serve as an in-lab mentor for several graduate students with respect to machine learning and statistics, and is therefore expected to be knowledgeable in these topics and able to teach them in a lucid way.

Education Requirement:

  • Doctoral degree in human genetics, quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, or other fields with strong quantitative skills is required.


Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in machine learning or applied statistical modeling is required.

  • Scientific programming skills (R) with a commitment to the principles of clear documentation and reproducible research is required.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience with databases (e.g. MySQL) is desired.

  • Demonstrated skills in effective data visualization is desired.

Online Application Required Documents

 Curriculum Vita
Name and Contact Information of References
Letters of Interest

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Contact Information

Contact:Jacob J Michaelson -
Medical Laboratories
25 South Grand Avenue
B030 ML
Iowa City, IA 52242
Department URL:

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