Postdoctoral Fellow

Job description

Position Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow

Vacancy ID:



Globl Hlth and Infect Disease - 427801

Position Type:

Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Range:

$47,476 - $52,000


Full Time



Proposed Start Date:


Estimated Duration of Appointment:

12 Months

Posting Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Work Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Summary:

The UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) is recruiting an exceptional candidate for a postdoctoral research fellowship in the genomic epidemiology of infectious diseases. The fellow will join a dynamic group of investigators in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Ecology Lab (IDEEL; who are conducting translational research projects on a range of pathogens across sites in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The fellow’s primary role will be to participate in a Bill and Melinda Gates funded project to develop a malaria genome center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The fellow will be responsible for building, maintaining, and training in bioinformatic pipelines to investigate the genetic diversity of malaria in Tanzania. They will work on large population sample sets collected from over 100 study sites across the country. The project will involve regular interaction with investigators at study sites at the University of North Carolina, Brown University and the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR-Tanzania) and will involve international travel. The fellow will spend up to two months overseas in Tanzania working with collaborators on site. The fellow will also have opportunities to participate in IDEEL’s other active projects. The fellow can expect to develop new skills, to conduct meaningful translational research, and to have opportunities for authorship and career development.

UNC is the oldest public university in the United States and consistently ranked among the nation’s top public universities. There are ample resources available to support the research and career development of postdoctoral fellows, including access to cutting-edge technologies and vast opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. The UNC Division of Infectious Diseases boasts over 90 faculty members and houses a diverse group of researchers from basic biomedical researchers to translational scientists and clinical trial specialists. The Division of Infectious Diseases operates within the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID), which is home to an internationally renowned AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, IDEEL, and other leading research groups across a range of pathogens. IDEEL is currently housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, which received more NIH funding than any other public school of public health in 2018 and is considered one of the top schools of public health in the nation.

UNC has demonstrated great success in supporting the career development of its postdoctoral fellows. The fellow will have access to UNC’s North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS), funded by an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Through NC TraCS, the fellow can take advantage of a wealth of resources to support her/his research and career development. Specifically, the fellow will have access to courses in the responsible conduct of research, grant writing seminars, training for mentoring students, biostatistical and study design support, and the availability of small grants for pilot studies.

Educational Requirements:

PhD, DrPH, MD, or equivalent doctoral degree with experience in genomic analysis, molecular epidemiology, or related fields.

Qualifications and Experience:

The ideal candidate will have experience with next-generation sequencing techniques and genomic analysis and will have familiarity with R, Unix, and Python programming languages. Proficiency with the analysis of sequencing data is required. Comfort with next-generation sequencing library preparation and molecular biology techniques (nucleic acid extraction, PCR) is beneficial but not required. Experience conducting research in developing countries is beneficial but not required. Candidates should have strong analytical skills as demonstrated by a track record of relevant publications in well-respected journals. Outstanding communication skills are essential for this position.

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: 7/11/2020
Application Due: 7/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time