Postdoctoral research position at USC in genetic epidemiology and population genetics

A postdoctoral research position is available in the lab of Dr. Charleston Chiang in the Center for Genetic Epidemiology, Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. The Chiang lab utilizes cutting-edge analytic tools to address questions at the intersection of genetic epidemiology and human population genetics. In particular, we have a strong interest in using genomic data to understand the genetic architecture and evolution of complex traits and the history of diverse human populations. These insights will be critical for future medical genetics studies and in practicing personalized medicine.

The successful candidate will have substantial input in the nature and the direction of the ongoing research projects within the lab and will be encouraged to explore projects that broadly fit within the lab’s goals of learning about demographic history or natural selection from genetic variation data, or understanding genetic architecture and evolutionary history of complex traits. Opportunities are available to analyze large-scale genotyping and next-generation sequencing data in humans from diverse populations, such as the Multiethnic Cohort ( Additional information about our lab and research can be found at:

The Center for Genetic Epidemiology is closely linked with the Departments of Preventive Medicine, Translational Genomics, and Quantitative Computational Biology. The Department of Preventive Medicine is one of the nations leading research programs in epidemiology and biostatistics, with particular expertise in genetics research in diverse populations. The Departments of Translational Genomics and Quantitative Computational Biology provide key technological, methodological and statistical supports of genetics research. Together, these Departments offer exceptional resources and collaborative opportunities for postdoctoral fellows. In particular, we work closely with research groups focusing on genetic epidemiology (e.g. Drs. Haiman, Wiemels, and de Smith), statistical genetics (e.g. Drs. Mancuso and Conti), and population genetics (e.g. Dr. Edge).

The position is available for 2 years (renewable annually contingent on successful progress) and can be extended further pending available funding. Salary will be competitive. The University of Southern California offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and short and long term disability insurance.

Candidates should have a recent Ph.D. in biology, genetics, computer science, bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related field. Proficiency in one or more programming languages (e.g. python, perl, C++, R, etc.) and in Unix-based computing environments is essential. Competitive applicants will also have extensive experience in conducting human genetics or population genetics research and analyzing large genetic datasets, and the desire to apply for external fellowship funding. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong publication record, evidence of substantial research productivity, and ability to successfully communicate scientific information.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The position is expected to start in Summer or Fall 2020, though specific dates are negotiable.

Interested candidates should submit a CV, short (1-2 pages) cover letter describing your research interests and fit within the lab, and contact information for 2-3 references. Informal inquiries are also welcomed and should be addressed to Dr. Charleston Chiang at
Minimum Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within previous five yearsMinimum Experience: 0-1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education in research specialization with advanced knowledge of equipment, procedures and analysis methods.

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