Post Doctoral Fellow - Genetics and Biochemistry

Clemson University
Bio Research Complex 317 - Clemson, SC

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Genetics and Biochemistry

Bio Research Complex 317 - Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Jun 1, 2023

The Konkel laboratory is recruiting a full-time postdoctoral fellow (12 months) for a funded NSF position to pursue genomics research in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry at Clemson University. The position is available immediately for one year with the possibility of extension. Enthusiastic individuals with a PhD (or equivalent terminal degree) or who will soon receive a PhD and with a desire to pursue interdisciplinary, collaborative research are highly encouraged to apply.


Inquiries regarding the position should be addressed to Dr. Miriam Konkel, Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics & Biochemistry, Center for Human Genetics, 308 Bio Research Complex, 105 Collings Street, Clemson, SC 29631 (


About the PI Lab:
The Konkel laboratory is located on the main campus of Clemson University and affiliated with the Center for Human Genetics. The lab is also part of the Biomedical Data Science and Informatics program, which is a joint program between Clemson and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).


The Konkel lab pursues interdisciplinary research across the kingdoms of life with a primary focus on human genetics. Current areas of research include transposable elements, repetitive sequences, Y chromosome biology, human genetics, and exRNA and their role in communication. More specifically, the NSF-supported scientist will study the role of exRNA within intercellular and interspecies communi­cation, including how exRNA shapes microbiomes. We are interested in understanding the biology, function, and evolution of exRNA, transposable elements and other repetitive sequences.


You will be joining a growing team of interdisciplinary scientists at multiple career stages. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the PI and other lab members. Your research will include computational analyses with the opportunity to perform wet bench components.


Clemson University houses a genomics facility, and you will have the opportunity to receive hands on training in state-of-the-art sequencing approaches (including library design) and data analysis. The Center for Human Genetics hosts a NovaSeq and a Sequel II, to which we have access. Clemson University hosts its own high-performance compute cluster (with ~28,000 compute cores) to which you will have access. You will also have access to and personal computing resources at the Center for Human Genetics.


For more information about the Genetics & Biochemistry department or Center for Human Genetics, please visit the following websites (,


For more information about Clemson, please visit the website


The successful candidate will possess a PhD (or equivalent degree) with expertise in one or more aspects of genetics/genomics, bioinformatics, computational, biology, computer science, big data science, or related fields.

·       The successful candidate will co-develop approaches and software to identify and characterize exRNAs across different species (human, plant, insect), including their impact on microbiomes.

·       Candidates with computational background, expertise in software development, visualization of large data sets; and/or interest in exRNA and repetitive sequences are particularly encouraged to apply.

·       Excellent programming skills with multiple programming languages and computational environments (e.g., Python, R, Bash, Linux) are preferred.

·       While the ideal candidate has also experience in wet-bench approaches, training will also be available on site and at the Center for Human Genetics.

·       The successful applicant will be able to collaboratively design, execute, and analyze experiments related to our research objectives and be strongly encouraged to apply for extramural support.

·       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).

·       Individuals interested in gaining experience in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students are specifically encouraged to apply.

·       Beyond our group, you will be encouraged to establish collaborations within the university and beyond.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately; however, the position will remain open until filled.


Applicants should submit the following items via Interfolio at:


Complete applications will include:

(1) Letter of application

(2) Curriculum Vitae

(3) An unofficial transcript

(4) Three letters of recommendation

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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