Postdoctoral Position

Human Genetics Postdoctoral Position at UCSF’s Asthma Collaboratory

  • Bioinformatics
  • Population genetics and/or statistical genetics

Research laboratory of Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH
Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
Department of Medicine Lung Biology Center
UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine

We are seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual interested in Human Genetics, Bioinformatics, Population Genetics, and/or Statistical Genetics to advance asthma research in high-risk yet understudied populations with mixed ancestry. This individual will work in a diverse and highly collaborative environment to conduct exciting research using multi-omics data, including 19,000+ whole genomes, 3000+ whole transcriptomes and 2000+ methylation profiles with additional data generation underway. All children have detailed measures of social and environmental measures, which will enable gene-environment interaction analyses.

The successful applicant will perform statistical and bioinformatic analyses for genetic studies related to asthma in populations with mixed ancestry. Responsibilities include data processing and analysis, results interpretation, and oral and written presentation of findings in meetings and peer-reviewed journals to audiences of scientifically diverse backgrounds. The successful candidate will also support teaching/training, publications, grant applications, and presentations. Additional responsibilities may be given, commensurate with demonstrated abilities.

The Asthma Collaboratory, headed by Dr. Esteban G. Burchard, MD, MPH, specializes in identifying genetic contributions to asthma and asthma-related traits in ethnically diverse human populations. The Asthma Collaboratory is located on the new and vibrant Mission Bay Campus of UCSF with close proximity to the new NBA Warriors basketball stadium, train lines, and ferries. Our group is highly collaborative and multidisciplinary, and the successful applicant must be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with clinicians, geneticists, epidemiologists, and bioinformaticians. We seek a colleague with a collaborative mindset and a passion for teaching and mentoring students. The successful applicant must have a strong statistical background, excellent writing skills, and innovative biological insight to join our team at the forefront of characterizing and evaluating the etiology of pediatric asthma in diverse human populations.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in the area of Bioinformatics, Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology, Population Genetics, and/or Statistical Genetics
  • Experience in the manipulation and analysis of large-scale next-generation sequencing and omics data
  • Familiarity with the latest genomic/genetic databases and software relevant to the study of statistical genetics and multi-omics data
  • Demonstrated experience in Unix and cluster computing environments (especially SGE)
  • Fluent in R, Python, or other major programming languages
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and adapt to changing priorities
  • Highly attentive to detail with a penchant for producing timely and accurate work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly motivated and committed to biomedical research

UCSF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Asthma Collaboratory is committed to increasing diversity in the sciences. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

For more information, please visit To apply, please send CV and short (1pg) research statement as a single PDF to Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH at [email protected].

Announcement posted March 9, 2021.