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The George Washington University Postdoc Positions

 1) Post-doc researcher

The Peng Research Group

A post-doc researcher position in computational biology focused on gene regulation and epigenetics is immediately available in the lab of Weiqun Peng at the George Washington University, DC. Current areas of interest include 1) deciphering gene regulatory networks in the immune system using integrative analysis of high-throughput multi-omics data (including transcriptome, epigenome, and 3D genome); and 2) development of methods for integrative analysis to characterize novel epigenetic and post-transcriptional regulatory pathways. Approaches include statistical modeling, advanced machine learning and biophysics-based principled methodologies. The candidate is expected to interact closely with experimental collaborators. Recent representative work from the lab includes

Shan Q et al. Nature Immunology, 8, 1222, 2022;

Shan Q et al. Nature Communications, 12, 1, 2021;

Tian Y et al. Nucleic Acids Research, 15, 8724, 2020;

Kai Y et al. Nature Communications, 9 4221, 2018;

Shan Q et al. Nature Immunology, 18 931, 2017.

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


The ideal applicant should hold a doctoral degree or equivalent qualification in computational biology, bioinformatics, (bio)statistics, computer science, physical science or a similar field. Strong programming and quantitative background are required. Previous experience in computational genomics and/or machine-learning approaches is desirable. A successful candidate is expected to possess strong motivation, critical thinking ability and effective communication skills.

Additional Information:

Interested applicants please send a cover letter (with a brief description of research experience and interests), CV and the contact information of at least three references to Dr. Weiqun Peng (wpeng@gwu.edu).

  • Date Posted:
  • Deadline:30 April 2023
  •                                                               Washington DC

2) Postdoctoral Associate
George Washington University, United States

Posting Details
Job Description Summary:
GW has everything you need to succeed in discovery. Outstanding research, state-of-the-art facilities and world-class faculty support discovery and innovative solutions. Researchers and faculty across campus advance interdisciplinary and emerging research and scholarship. Our active GW Postdoctoral Association welcomes your engagement in social and professional activities as you join our research teams. Research guides, coding and data management solutions as well as extensive online journals from GW Libraries help to guide your study. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) supports the research infrastructure and facilitates several institutional research initiatives.
The Leinwand Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences is looking for a Post-Doctoral Scientist with a PhD in Neuroscience, Biology, Genetics, Developmental Biology, or other relevant field, to study the development, refinement, and function of neural circuits for learning and memory. The candidate will work independently and receive faculty mentorship to perform research in the field of neurobiology, write articles, present at conferences, and help supervise students working in the laboratory. Specific research goals include examining spontaneous and sensory-evoked neural activity required for robust learning and memory in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Projects may investigate how hormone signaling, development, or aging sculpt this neural activity to better understand the neural basis of behavior. The ideal candidate will have experience with and/or a strong desire to learn in vivo two-photon functional imaging to examine the neural circuits that generate complex behaviors. This will include implementing existing imaging and analysis pipelines, developing and troubleshooting new imaging and behavioral assays, fly rearing and fly genetics, computational and statistical analysis of data, and scientific communication. Additional avenues of research related to the ongoing projects described in this link may also be conducted: https://leinwandlab.owlstown.net/pages/2065-research
Postdocs will design, organize and conduct specialized and advanced experiments using established scientific protocols, troubleshoot and design new protocols, summarize findings and publish results in research journals, under the general supervision of a faculty member. In some cases, postdocs will assume general responsibility for general scientific operations in the lab, and/or provide supervision and guidance to laboratory staff, trainees and other researchers.

Responsibilities also include:

Research on the development and function of neural circuits for learning and memory.
Develop, implement, and troubleshoot in vivo functional imaging, behavioral assays, and data analysis methods using Drosophila melanogaster
Write up experimental for publication, assist in preparing grant or fellowship applications, and help mentor student researchers in the laboratory
Conference travel including talk or poster presentations at domestic or international meetings
Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position
A Postdoctoral Associate:
● holds a PhD or equivalent degree;
● develops skills by participating in scholarly projects that are actively mentored by a member of the university faculty;
● receives financial support in the form of a salary that is typically funded by grants, contracts or departmental funds secured by a faculty mentor; and
● has a limited term of up to five years at GW.
In collaboration with experienced researchers, this role will participate in the planning and conduction of discovery research, data analysis and interpretation, preparation of materials for publication, presentations at conferences and meetings, and may develop new theories and methodologies. This role can expect timely advice as to research directions and career planning for a future independent career.
Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Special Instructions to the Applicant:
Appointments are limited-term and are designed for those who have recently received a doctorate. Appointments are made to academic departments with the approval of the department head and may require senior officer approval. Appointments are usually for not less than one term and are normally not renewed beyond a total of five years. This appointment is not intended for long-term, indefinite, or career appointments.
Minimum Qualifications:
Qualified candidates will hold a Doctoral degree or comparable doctoral degree in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.
Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:
PhD in Neuroscience, Biology, Genetics, Developmental Biology, or other relevant field must be obtained or scheduled to be obtained prior to the start of the position
Demonstrated experience with cellular, molecular, systems and/or behavioral neurobiology, neuroscience or genetics
Demonstrated experience in the statistical analysis of biological data
Demonstrated proficiency in scientific writing
Typical Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience
Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
College/School/Department: Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS)
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Stream Individual Contributor
Level Level 3
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 5:00
Will this job require the employee to work on site? No
Employee Onsite Status Hybrid
Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status
Internal Applicants Only?
Posting Number: R001790
Job Open Date: 12/12/2022
Job Close Date:
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
EEO Statement:
The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
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