Post-doctoral fellow position in computational biology

Cold Spring Harbor, New York, United States
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Post-doctoral fellow position in computational biology

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory invites applications for a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Jesse Gillis. The successful candidate will join a team at CSHL working to understand the molecular and functional basis of neuronal identity and diversity in mammalian brains. The post-doc position is largely computational but it involves substantial collaboration with wet-lab researchers providing data and is focused on fundamental biology. This interdisciplinary project offers opportunities to address important questions in computational biology and neuroscience with first access to large novel data sets from single-cell RNA-seq. The expected duration of the position is approximately 3-5 years with renewal at the end of each year.


A major conceptual focus of the project will be developing novel ways of assessing large-scale data for replicable signals. This position offers some scope for training for candidates interested in making a leap from either computer science or neuroscience to more data-focused research, particularly if it has arisen informally in their previous work.


This research sits at the intersection of three research areas: Computational analysis, genetics, and neuroscience. A strong candidate would have expertise in two out of the three areas and an interest in learning about the third. While a broad range of backgrounds are suitable for this position, a PhD in bioinformatics or computational biology is desirable.

A particular focus of our methodological research is replicability and meta-analysis and an interest in these areas is helpful. Experience with either Matlab or R is a plus.

Exceptional applicants without a formal computational background will also be considered, particularly if they are familiar with standard bioinformatics tools.

  • How to Apply

    Please include a letter of interest outlining your research accomplishments and include the contact information of three references.

Additional Information

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity Employer.