Postdoc Research Associate

Job description

Position Title:

Postdoc Research Associate

Vacancy ID:



Lineberger Compr Cancer Center - 426801

Position Type:

Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Range:

Dependent on Education/Qualifications


Full Time

Estimated Duration of Appointment:

12 Months

Posting Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Work Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Summary:

The Yeh Research laboratory with Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer aims to understand the pathogenesis and genomics of pancreatic cancer in order to accelerate its treatment. Using a combination of molecular and genomic data, and human in mouse models, we have identified four core subtypes in pancreatic cancer with important biologic and clinical implications (Nature Genetics 2015). We are seeking a postdoctoral associate in cancer genomics and cancer biology who will be responsible for using both molecular and computational tool sets to answer biological questions. The qualified candidate will integrate information from a combination of sources, including high throughput screens, proteomic, and next-gen sequencing data in order to generate and validate hypotheses of therapeutic relevance to pancreatic cancer at the bench.

Educational Requirements:

Candidates from a largely wet bench background with a Ph.D. will be considered if the quantitative/computational background is excellent. For example, candidates with a Ph.D. in a non-computational field but have an M.S. with an equivalent certificate in a quantitative/computational field are encouraged.

Qualifications and Experience:

To be successful, the candidate must have experience in and interested in further developing the following skill-sets:
•Thorough knowledge of cancer biology, epigenetics, proteomics, and transcriptomics
•Thorough working knowledge of common experimental techniques in molecular biology and demonstrated ability to develop new techniques
•Familiarity with next-generation sequencing data analysis tools
•Proficiency in one or more statistical or scripting languages, preferably R or MATLAB
•Knowledge of survival-based statistical analysis, e.g. Cox regression and Kaplan-Meier analysis
•Ability to communicate scientific material and collaborate well with computational and non-computational partners
•Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to perform both self-directed and guided research
•Outstanding personal initiative and the ability to work effectively as part of a team
•Willingness to assist in the mentorship and training of pre-doctoral researchers

To be successful, the candidate must be interested in developing several of the following skill-sets:
•Familiarity with a variety of supervised and unsupervised classification techniques
•Working knowledge of best-practices for machine learning to avoid over fitting
•Experience in or able and willing to easily learn working in Linux environments, including batch job management on shared computing resources

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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Job No:
Posted: 1/22/2019
Application Due: 4/19/2021
Work Type: Full Time