Post-Doctoral Scientist – Foggy Bottom, DC

The Computational Biology Institute, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, in George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Scientist (PDS). The work performed by the PDS will contribute to our diverse research program devoted to the investigation of: i) the role of microbial infection and host immunity in the etiology of respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders and ii) the impact of microbiomes in natural and artificial ecosystems.

The PDS will focus on Omic-based research (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and transcriptomics) on two main topics: i) the impact of microbial diversity and function on human heath (host-microbe interactions), and ii) the ecological role of microbes in soil-plant ecosystems (microbe-environment interactions).

These studies are part of ongoing collaborations between national (Children’s National Hospital, Washington DC) and international institutions (University of Vigo, Spain and Universidad Andres Bello, Chile) and the Computational Biology institute, George Washington University.

This position is primarily a temporary/training position in which the incumbent plays a substantive role in planning and conducting research by designing and conducting experiments in a controlled laboratory setting. In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, this role will participate in the planning of independent research, will analyze and interpret data, will publish results, will represent the university at conferences and meetings, and may develop new theories and methodologies. This position may also help the Principal Investigator to lead and direct the work of lower level research staff. This role performs work under the supervision of experienced researchers.

The selected candidate will be based on the Computational Biology Institute in Washington DC. For further information about the Computational Biology Institute at George Washington University, please see All applications for consideration must be submitted online but for questions relating to this opportunity, please contact Dr. Pérez-Losada, Computational Biology Institute, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University, at [email protected]

Responsibilities Include:

  • Design and carry out analysis of high-throughput sequencing data (16S rRNA, DNAseq and RNAseq)
  • Engage in research projects on the basis of the analysis of sequencing data
  • Collaborate with other lab members in the development of strategies for high-throughput sequencing data analyses
  • Prepare research papers and presentations to disseminate research results through academic journals and conferences
  • Work with other lab members on projects as assigned

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. Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a 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:

  • Applicants must possess a PhD in a relevant discipline (Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Microbiology and Microbial Ecology), with experience in Genomic and Systems Biology analyses and an understanding of the key issues and relevant tools in the field.
  • A good understanding of multivariate statistics is essential.
  • A strong quantitative background and good programming skills (R, Python/Perl), Big data managing and integration are all required
  • Experience with DNA and RNA extraction and sequencing is useful but not essential.

Typical Hiring Range $53007 – $68275 How is pay for new employees determined at GW?


Campus Location:

Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.


Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH)


Laboratory Research


Individual Contributor



Work Schedule:

M-F, 8:00-5

Position Designation:

Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.

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?


Job Open 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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