Research laboratory of
Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH

Joint Projects Positions

Postdoctoral positions

  • Bioinformatics
  • Population genetics and/or statistical genetics

Research laboratories of Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH, and Noah Zaitlen, PhD
Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
Department of Medicine Lung Biology Center
UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine


We are seeking highly motivated individuals interested in pursuing an academic career in bioinformatics, population genetics, and/or statistical genetics.

The Burchard Lab and the Zaitlen Lab are located on UCSF’s vibrant Mission Bay campus. Research in the Burchard Lab focuses on identifying genetic contributions to asthma and asthma-related traits in diverse human populations. Research in the Zaitlen Lab focuses on human health by increasing understanding of the genetic and environmental underpinnings of common disease.

Potential joint projects between the Burchard and Zaitlen labs include the analysis of 1,500 whole-genome sequences of high and low drug responders in Latino and African American children with asthma, and the development of methods to leverage evolutionary signatures of natural selection to gain insight into the genetics of complex disease. Applications from individuals with backgrounds in studying organisms other than humans are equally encouraged.

Required applicant qualifications

  • PhD in the area of bioinformatics, population genetics, and/or statistical genetics
  • Experience in the analysis of next-generation sequencing data, including the manipulation of large-scale genomic data and effective utilization of computer clusters
  • Demonstrated knowledge and programming experience in UNIX, R, PYTHON, and/or PERL
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects and multiple PIs
  • Highly motivated and committed to biomedical research

UCSF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Both the Burchard and Zaitlen labs are committed to increasing diversity in the sciences. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

For more information, please visit: the Burchard Lab and the Zaitlen Lab.

To apply, please send CV and short research statement (one page) as a single PDF to Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH, at [email protected] and Noah Zaitlen, PhD, at [email protected].

Announcement posted December 15, 2015.