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Post Doctoral Fellow - Genetics and Biochemistry

Clemson University
Greenwood County - Self Regional Hall

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Genetics and Biochemistry

Greenwood County - Self Regional Hall
Open Date:
Apr 19, 2023

The Clemson University Center for Human Genetics announces the availability of two postdoctoral positions. These positions are supported by intramural funds and will support the career development of exceptionally talented individuals with interest in the genetics and/or comparative genomics of human complex traits and diseases. The postdoctoral fellows in these positions will be assigned a mentoring team, receive competitive compensation, and funds allocated to supplement their research efforts to develop an independent research program. They will be affiliated with the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry.

About the Center for Human Genetics:

The Center for Human Genetics is located in Self Regional Hall, a 17,000 square foot facility located on the campus of the Greenwood Genetic Center in Greenwood. The facility is designed to promote a collaborative interactive environment with open office space for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research staff. Active research projects in the Center investigate the roles of gene regulation, post-translational modification, and structural variation in common and rare diseases; develop more powerful models for genotype-phenotype prediction; and utilize systems genetics approaches in cellular and animal models to understand the genome-wide impact of genetic variants on molecular networks in health and disease in human populations.

In addition to individual laboratories, there is generous shared molecular biology space that allows for interaction and expansion of research programs. The laboratories are fully equipped for molecular biology, cell biology and functional genomics experimentation. The building contains a state-of-the-art genomics laboratory with ready access to a real-time quantitative PCR system, an Illumina NovaSeq sequencer, a PacBio Sequell II sequencer, an Oxford Nanopore sequencer, and a Chromium 10X system for single cell RNA profiling and ATACseq. Confocal microscopy is also available in a microscopy facility in the building.

The building contains a central bioinformatics facility to integrate statistical genetics and computational genomics approaches with projects that employ molecular genetics. The Center provides bioinformatics and genomics support by a dedicated Ph.D. level bioinformatician and a Ph.D. level molecular biologist.
Self Regional Hall is connected to the Clemson University Palmetto Cluster supercomputing center via light fiber with immediate capability to advance up to a 100-gig service to support collaborative computational genomic modeling and bioinformatics analysis with the Greenwood Genetic Center, with Clemson University and with leading research universities across the United States. The supercomputer is estimated to represent the sixth largest in the United States and ranked 60th in the world. The Center for Human Genetics also has in-house computing capabilities with a high-performance computing cluster including GPU computing. The computer and data management resources support large scale genomic research manipulating massive data files.

There are extensive interactions between Clemson University’s Center for Human Genetics and the adjacent Greenwood Genetics Center. This includes collaborative research projects, journal clubs, joint seminars, social events, and joint public outreach activities.

The Center has a dedicated passenger van for transportation between the main campus and the Greenwood facility. The Center for Human Genetics is centrally located within easy travel distance not only to Clemson University, but also to the University of South Carolina in Columbia and to the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and is thus in an ideal position to foster interactions between multiple academic institutions.

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Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Genetics, or a related discipline and a history of research productivity documented by impactful publications.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on June 21, 2023 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Applicants should submit the following items via interfolio:


(1) A cover letter addressed to Dr. Trudy F. C. Mackay, FRS, Self Family Endowed Chair and director of the Center for Human Genetics, describing the motivation for applying for the position, a brief summary of research accomplishments, and career objectives.

(2) Curriculum vitae with a list of publications

(3) Up to three reprints of publications

(4) An unofficial transcript

(5) The names and contact information of three references.

For information, contact Dr. Trudy Mackay, at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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