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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity - Computational Genomics

The Backman Laboratory at Northwestern University’s Biomedical Engineering Department is seeking a postdoctoral trainee to join a cutting-edge research team at the crossroads of genomics, biology, physics, engineering and medicine. The main goal is to investigate fundamental molecular questions and develop novel approaches relevant to the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other currently intractable diseases at early, treatable stages. A platform has been developed pioneering super-resolution and nano-sensing optical microscopy technologies which, combined with genome mapping and other functional genomic approaches, allow the laboratory to study the causal relationship between the nanoscale structure of chromatin, global patterns of gene expression, and their alteration in disease


  • D. or M.D./Ph.D required, with proven experience in computational genomics research
  • Ability to analyze and integrate large datasets, including genomics and transcriptomics.
  • Capable of Integrate molecular and physical aspects of genome function.
  • Conduct cutting-edge research integrating molecular biology, epigenetics, and computational genomics.
  • Comfortable engaging in preparation of original manuscripts for conferences and peer-reviewed journals, as well as participate in writing grant proposals
  • Proven track record demonstrating critical thinking, problem solving, attention to detail and creativity are essential.
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic, and creative candidate with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a collaborative team
  • Excellent prioritization and project management skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and fluency in both spoken and written English
  • A solid record of quality publications in peer-reviewed journals showing an output commensurate with opportunity.


  • Three years’ experience in molecular dynamics (LAMMPS, GROMACS, etc.) and Monte Carlo simulations
  • Programming experience in Python, R, Bash, C++ and Fortran
  • Background in physics required
  • Background in chemistry and chromatin biology preferred
  • Basic background in statistics preferred
  • Experience with bioinformatics analysis (specifically single-cell and bulk RNA-seq) preferred
  • Organized and able to work independently
  • Works well as part of a collaborative team

Successful candidates will work under the direction of Dr. Vadim Backman, Walter Dill Scott Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and Molecular Genetics, and Director of the Center for Physical Genomics and Engineering at Northwestern University.

Outstanding candidates interested in this opportunity are encouraged to send a CV to Benjamin Keane 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.