Post Doctoral Fellow - Human Genetics

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Human Genetics

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Mar 29, 2021

A postdoctoral fellow position, funded by an NIH COBRE in Human Genetics, is available in the laboratory of Dr. Miriam Konkel at Clemson University. The Konkel laboratory is located at the main campus of Clemson University and affiliated with the Center of Human Genetics. We welcome highly motivated scientists who are enthusiastic to work on currently funded projects in the lab in addition to developing new projects that expand our transposable element and human genetics research program into relevant areas. We are interested in understanding the biology of transposable elements and their impact on primate genomes, with a particular emphasis on humans. Enthusiastic individuals with a PhD or who will soon receive a PhD and a desire to work independently, interdisciplinary, and collaboratively are highly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will be able to collaboratively design, execute, and analyze experiments related to our research objectives. The development of new research projects relevant to the research of the laboratory is also welcomed. You will be joining a growing team of interdisciplinary scientists at multiple career stages; individuals interested in gaining experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students are also specifically encouraged to apply. You will be expected to prepare manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication, and will have the opportunity to present at relevant scientific conferences (with travel support). Beyond our group, you will be encouraged to establish collaborations within the university and beyond.

You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the PI and other lab members. Your research will include both computational and wet bench components. While the ideal candidate has experience in both areas, training will also be available on sight and at the Center for Human Genetics. You will co-develop software to identify and characterize structural variation mediated by transposable elements; to design targeted high-throughput sequencing approaches suited for transposable elements; and to analyze the output. You will have the opportunity to receive hands on training in state of the art sequencing approaches (including library design). Clemson University houses a genomics facility, which provides hands on training and support for computational analyses. The Center for Human Genetics hosts a NovaSeq and a Sequel II, to which we have access. Clemson University also hosts its own high-performance compute cluster (with 28,000 compute cores) to which you will have access.

Clemson University is South Carolina’s public land grant university that lies at the Appalachian foothills. As a Carnegie R1 Institution, the University has excellent research resources including the globally ranked Palmetto Cluster high performance computing cluster; our Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility; state-of-the-art light microscopy, electron microscopy, animal, and fish facilities; a multi-user analytical laboratory and metabolomics core; and the Campbell Museum of Natural History.


The successful candidate will possess a PhD (or equivalent degree) with expertise in any aspect of genetics/genomics, bioinformatics, computational, biology, computer science, big data science, molecular biology, or related field. Candidates with wet bench and computational background, expertise in software development, visualization of large data sets, and/or interest in transposable element are particularly encouraged to apply. Excellent programming skills with multiple programming languages and computational environments (e.g. Python, R, Bash, Linux) are preferred. Applicants with experience working in large collaborative projects such as ENCODE, GTEx, TCGA, 1000 Genomes, TtoT are highly encouraged to apply. 

Though the position is funded by a recently acquired NIH COBRE grant, the successful candidate will be strongly encouraged to apply for extramural support. The finalist will be required to complete a background check

Application Instructions:

For consideration, please submit a curriculum vitae with list of publications, a one-page research statement, and the names of three references to Interfolio at:

For full consideration, please apply by April 30, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.




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Posted: 3/30/2021
Application Due: 6/28/2021
Work Type: Full Time