University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
$47,484.00 to Commensurate
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.
Doctoral degree in human genetics, quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, or other fields with strong quantitative skills is required.
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.
Experience with databases (e.g. MySQL) is desired.
Demonstrated skills in effective data visualization is desired.
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The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is a highly ranked medical school where students learn to become accomplished clinicians and top-flight researchers and educators. Students come to Iowa to study medicine in a program that uses case-based learning as the basis of their education. With its emphasis on problem-solving skills, early exposure to patients, and enhanced community-based experiences, UI medical students typically earn impressive scores on Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination and successfully “match” with top-quality residency programs around the country. The research enterprise of the UI Carver College of Medicine garnered over $230 million in external funding in FY 2011 and the UI ranks 10th among public institutions in NIH funding.