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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity - Rheumatology

The Rheumatology Department at Northwestern University is looking for a computational biologist to join the laboratory of Dr. Harris Perlman, Chief of Rheumatology. The candidate will utilize cutting edge experimental technology and molecular techniques with innovative computational analysis and modelling. Qualified candidates will help lead the project of collecting functional genomics data, including RNA-seq, ChIP-seq and ATAC-seq, to study the role of monocytes and macrophages in the affected tissue from patients with rheumatic disease.

Projects will center on patient samples but will include some murine studies to support the human studies. The position includes working closely with experimental and clinical researchers, balancing multiple research projects, and adapting new computational techniques as needed. Relevant expertise includes machine learning, software design, experience with high-performance computing clusters, network analysis, integration of high-throughput data, familiarity with common bioinformatic tools and software, database management, human genetics, epigenomics, clinical data mining, single-cell transcriptomics, and graphical/web-based programming.

They encourage highly motivated individuals with a PhD or equivalent in computational biology or a related field to apply. Strong backgrounds in computer science are wanted. Applicants should have significant experience with one or more programming language (ex. Perl, Python, Java, etc.) and statistical environment (ex. R or Matlab). Prior experience with computational research in a biological context (although not necessarily in immunology or rheumatology) is required and practice in handling transcriptomic and epigenomic data is preferred. Candidates should have a good command of the English language, should be available for an interview, and must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter explaining relevant work experience (max 1 page), curriculum vitae and the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references by email to Morgan Barrowman (assistant to Dr. Harris Perlman) at

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