The Neafsey Lab at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) is seeking an early stage or senior Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute to our research program in the evolutionary genomics of malaria (https://sites.sph.harvard.edu/neafsey-lab/). Our lab generates and analyzes large genomic datasets from malaria parasites and vector mosquitoes to understand transmission patterns, demographic history, drug resistance, immune evasion, and host/vector/pathogen interactions. In our wet lab, we generate new genetic assays for parasites and vectors, such as multiplexed Illumina amplicon sequencing panels, and we apply assays to cross sectional as well as longitudinal sample collections, driving a need for innovative approaches to data analysis. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with other group members to develop innovative bioinformatic approaches for exploring malaria parasite and Anopheles mosquito genomic datasets. We have experimental capacity at HSPH, where we are part of a close-knit community of molecular parasitologists and vector biologists. Our lab also extends to the Broad Institute, where we belong to the Broad Institute Genomic Center for Infectious Disease and benefit from a community of expert microbial genomicists and computational biologists.
Ideal applicants will have a PhD in a relevant field, with strong background in population genetics and/or molecular epidemiology. Applicants will be expected to develop a research program that is original but fits within the general priorities of the group and funded grants, taking into account the relevant literature, own experience, and advice from other scientists.
If interested, please contact Daniel Neafsey by email: firstname.lastname@example.org with CV, letter of interest, and names of at least three references.
Candidates are required to have a PhD in biology/computational biology/epidemiology or equivalent. Experience in at least one scripting language and familiarity with Unix/Linux computing environments are required. Experience with next generation sequencing data analysis and statistical fluency are strongly desired. Candidates should demonstrate a track record of consistent publication, have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and should be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Spanish language proficiency is a plus, as we have several active collaborations in Latin America. Molecular biology laboratory skills are welcomed but not essential.
About Harvard University/Broad Institute
The Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health focuses on the biological, immunological, epidemiological, and ecological aspects of viral, bacterial, and protozoan diseases of animals and humans, including the vectors that transmit infectious agents. The Department comprises 26 faculty members, over 100 research and lab staff, and about 30 administrative staff.
The Broad Institute's Genomic Center for Infectious Diseases focuses on viral, bacterial, fungal diseases, as well as parasitic diseases and the vectors responsible for their transmission. In all of these areas, researchers study the genomic basis of pathogen traits, host-pathogen interactions, and pathogen evolution and spread. This knowledge can inform the development of better monitoring techniques, preventative measures, diagnostics, and treatments.