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Post Doctoral Fellow - Center for Human Genetics - Greenwood, SC

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Center for Human Genetics - Greenwood, SC

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Open Date:
Apr 22, 2024

Postdoc in computational genomics to study the gene regulation and single cell/spatial-omics.

The Duren Lab in the Department of Genetics and Biochemistry within the Clemson University Center for Human Genetics is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to assist with ongoing computational genomics projects in the lab. These projects involve computational methods development and analysis of single cell and spatial multi-omics data and gene regulatory networks.

Successful candidates will be expected to analyze genomic data, prepare and collaborate on manuscripts, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and assist with grant preparation. There will also be opportunities for postdocs to develop their own research projects and apply for grants.

The position is funded for two years, with annual renewal, and a possibility of continuing the position pending funding availability. Expected start date is flexible but can be as soon as August 2024.

About the Duren Lab at the Clemson Center for Human Genetics:Dr. Duren is an assistant professor starting in August 2020. His research interest is developing novel computational tools for integrative analysis of genomics data to infer gene regulatory networks, to detect heterogeneity by single cell genomics, and to annotate the regulatory function of genetic variants by context-specific manner. The long-term research goal is to answer the key scientific question” How non-coding genetic variant act through context specific gene regulatory network to influence phenotype”. For more information, please refer to the Duren lab website: more information about the Genetics & Biochemistry department please visit the website: more information about the Center for Human Genetics please visit the website: more information about Clemson, please visit the website


Applicants should have a strong interest and motivation in interdisciplinary research. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science, biology, or related fields by the time of the appointment starts.

Experience and knowledge in mathematical modeling and computer programming are highly appreciated. Excellent programming skills with multiple programming languages and computational environments, including UNIX-style operating systems (e.g., Linux), command line interfaces, R, perl/python, BASH, Matlab, or similar. Applicants with experience working with ENCODE, GWAS, GTEx, 1000 Genomes, or single cell genomics data are preferred. Candidates must show proficiency in English writing and speaking.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, applications should be submitted by April 29th. Review will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following items via Interfolio at

(1) A cover letter describing relevant research experience and motivation, as well as interest for current position

(2) A curriculum vitae

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.


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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