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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity - Breast Cancer Prevention (Bioinformatics)

A postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated PhD in an established laboratory focused on breast cancer prevention. The successful candidate will dedicate their postdoctoral study to developing a model that predicts the eventual development of breast cancer. The model will be based on genetic alterations (mutations, copy number alterations, codon usage, etc.) observed in the benign biopsies of women who eventually developed breast cancer.

The trainee will drive an established project with developed and validated analysis pipelines and take it to the next level. This project seeks to identify molecular biomarkers of the risk of the development of breast cancer using high throughput sequencing data obtained from tissues collected as part of a case-control study at Northwestern University, as well as publically available data sets such as TCGA. The trainee will use these data and test the performance at predicting the risk of the development of breast cancer of number of machine learning models.

Candidates must have a recent PhD in bioinformatics and a strong publication record. They should possess:

  • A Quantitative background, and familiarity with statistical models and machine learning models.
  • Computational genomics experience (high throughput sequence analysis, etc.).
  • Strong programming skills: (Python & R & Bash).

They should demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English and in communicating scientific research findings accurately. Strong writing skills are essential, as well as a track record of first authorship for peer reviewed publications. The candidate must be able to conduct independent research while collaborating with others. The candidate will be mentored by a team with expertise in medical bioinformatics, breast cancer risk determination, and breast cancer molecular biology.


Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) to Dr. Seema Khan at

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.