Research Fellow - Computational Genomics

Health Sciences Research
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Position description
A Research Fellow position is now available in Computational Genomics under the mentorship of Dr. Joanna Biernacka. A Ph.D. in Statistics, Biostatistics, Data Science, or closely related field is required for this position.

The successful candidate will perform a variety of statistical analyses of genetic data as part of studies in bipolar disorder and/or alcohol use disorders, which will include analysis of genome-wide association study data, as well as whole genome sequencing data. The Research Fellow will also have an opportunity to work on the development and evaluation of statistical methods (potentially including machine learning methods) for genetic studies of complex human traits. The percent effort dedicated to methods development versus applied studies is flexible and will depend on the successful candidate’s interests and career goals.

The goal of the Psychiatric Genomics and Pharmacogenomics Research Program is the identification of genetic variation that contributes to psychiatric disorders as well as inter-individual differences in response to pharmacological treatment of these disorders. Activities within the Psychiatric Genomics and Pharmacogenomics Research Program include comprehensive data analyses to identify genetic risk factors for bipolar disorder and alcohol use disorder and outcomes of their treatment. A key focus of the program is the genetic heterogeneity of complex psychiatric disorders, which is addressed through investigation of sub-phenotypes of these traits. The genetic studies involve primarily analysis of genome-wide association study data and whole genome sequencing data. Members of this research program also develop novel statistical methods for genetic analyses of complex human traits.

To learn more about Dr. Biernacka's research, please visit:

A Research Fellow at Mayo Clinic is a temporary position intended to provide training and education in research. Individuals will train in the research program of a Mayo Clinic principal investigator. Qualified individuals will demonstrate the potential for research as evidenced by their training and peer-reviewed publications and should become competitive for national research grants. Proof of English proficiency is required for J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars, Professors, Specialists, and Student Interns sponsored by Mayo Clinic. Please attach the following required documents at the time of application.
  • Current curriculum vitae and bibliography
  • Three letters of recommendation, signed, on letterhead, describing:
    • Relationship to the applicant.
    • Past work/academic performance.
    • Work qualities/personal conduct.
    • Overall assessment of potential for success in research environment.
  • Doctoral degree certification, if applicable:
    • Original or notarized copy of diploma or final transcript issued by school (English translation required).

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Must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a field deemed relevant by the program. Research Fellow is appropriate for individuals who have completed no more than one prior postdoctoral fellowship, at Mayo Clinic or elsewhere.
Benefits eligible
Full Time
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Postdoc & Temporary Research
Career profile
Post Doctoral Research
Other, Research
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