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Postdoctoral Positions at HMS


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This page lists some of the postdoctoral positions currently available on the HMS Quadrangle. Many principal investigators do not advertise their postdoctoral positions, so if the PI you want to work with isn't listed here, please contact her/him directly. Please do not send your CV to the administrator of this page.

To have an opportunity listed on this page, send along a description of the postdoctoral position and contact information to us at postdoc_office@hms.harvard.edu.
*PLEASE NOTE: We will no longer be posting positions at our hospital affiliates.



~FEATURED FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY~

The Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship
Co-Sponsored by: The Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and The Office for Postdoctoral Fellows

As part of an effort to promote a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences among its faculty and trainees, Harvard Medical School invites applications for the Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership in collaboration with The Office for Postdoctoral Fellows will award two-year postdoctoral fellowships per year to two promising researchers in the fields of basic or social sciences. The Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School will prepare postdoctoral scientists, particularly scientists from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds, for cutting-edge research careers.  This fellowship will position the right candidate to make major contributions as scientific and societal leaders.

Fellows will benefit from a highly innovative and creative research environment that emphasizes scientific rigor, collaboration, and the pursuit of excellence in science.

For more info or to apply: http://www.hms.harvard.edu/dcp/deanspdfellowship/index.html

 

DEPARTMENTAL LISTINGS

BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR PHARMACOLOGY

Blacklow Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
The Blacklow Laboratory at Harvard Medical School (Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology) has an opening for a Postdoctoral position. The laboratory currently investigates structure-function relationships in Notch signaling, its downstream targets, and its epigenetic regulators.

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Structural Biology or a related field.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names/phone numbers of three people who could provide letters of reference by email to jobs_blacklowlab@hms.harvard.edu.

 

CELL BIOLOGY

Yuan Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
The Yuan laboratory at Harvard Medical School (Department of Cell Biology) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral scientist. Our laboratory investigates the molecular mechanisms of cell death, including necroptosis and apoptosis, and their relevance for human diseases. This position is for a highly motivated individual with considerable experience in cell biology or related field. Experience in animal models of human diseases is desirable but not required.

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, or neurobiology and a strong publication record. Interested individuals should send a curriculum vitae, and the names/phone numbers of three people who could provide letters of reference by email to junying_yuan@hms.harvard.edu.

For additional information please visit our webpage: https://yuan.med.harvard.edu/


Liao Laboratory at Harvard Medical School

The Liao laboratory at Harvard Medical School (Department of Cell Biology) has an opening for a postdoctoral scientist. Our laboratory uses high-resolution single-particle electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) to study the structure and function of membrane proteins. We seek a highly motivated individual with considerable experience in membrane protein biochemistry and is interested in learning cryo-EM techniques. Experience in X-ray crystallography is desirable but not required.

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Structural Biology or a related field. Interested individuals should send a curriculum vitae, and the names/phone numbers of three people who could provide letters of reference by email to maofu_liao@hms.harvard.edu.

For additional information please visit our webpage: http://liao.hms.harvard.edu/

 

 

GENETICS

Sinclair Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
The Sinclair laboratory at Harvard Medical School (Departments of Pathology and Genetics) has immediate openings for Postdoctoral Scientists. The laboratory studies genes and small molecules that can slow the pace of aging and age-related diseases. Various projects are available, including studies of neurological diseases, cancer, type I and type II diabetes, muscle metabolism and mitochondria, inflammation, and fertility. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry or a related field. Training in mammalian cell biology and/or physiology is highly desirable though not essential.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names/phone numbers of three people who could provide letters of reference by email to david_sinclair@hms.harvard.edu.


Seidman Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
The Seidman lab in the HMS Department of Genetics has a joint postdoctoral position available in the area of human genetics and computational genomics. Our lab uses high throughput DNA sequence analysis to identify genetic variants that are responsible cardiac disease. We are currently integrating results from genome-wide association studies, RNA expression analyses and DNA sequence analyses to identify gene variants responsible for cardiac phenotypes. We seek a highly motivated individual with considerable computational experience as well as molecular biology experience that is interested in integrating diverse data sources to gain mechanistic insights into atrial fibrillation. The ideal applicant will have experience with computational genomics, databases, and statistical inference, as well as molecular biological techniques.

In addition a strong publication record and an ability to work in team settings is essential. Please submit a cover letter detailing your research motivations and a CV with three references to Susanne Bartlett (bartlett@genetics.med.harvard.edu)

 

 

MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOBIOLOGY

Yang Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
The Yang laboratory at Harvard Medical School (Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology) has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Scientist. The laboratory studies cellular and biochemical mechanisms of viral replication using a combination of chemical biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Various projects are available, including studies of dengue virus, hepatitis C virus, and hepatitis B virus. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry or a related field. Training in molecular virology is highly desirable.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names/phone numbers of three people who could provide letters of reference by email to Priscilla_yang@hms.harvard.edu.

 

 

 

 

NEUROBIOLOGY

Gu Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
A postdoctoral position is available to study the coordinate development of nervous and vascular systems using mouse genetics, biochemistry, imaging, and in vitro assays. Applicants should be accomplished in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology. Experience in the biochemical and functional characterization of proteins in the signaling pathways would be especially desirable.

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references to:

Chenghua Gu, D.V.M., & Ph.D
Department of Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School
Email: chenghua_gu@hms.harvard.edu
HMS Dept. of Neurobiology Website: http://neuro.med.harvard.edu/


Weitz Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
A postdoctoral position is available to study protein complexes comprising the core of the mammalian circadian clock, a molecular oscillator present in multiple tissues that regulates physiology, metabolism, and behavior.  Applicants should be accomplished in biochemistry, molecular biology, and/or cell biology.  Experience in the biochemical and functional characterization of protein complexes would be especially desirable.

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references to:
Charles J. Weitz, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School
Email:  cweitz@hms.harvard.edu
HMS Dept. of Neurobiology Website:  http://neuro.med.harvard.edu/

Some recent papers:
Robles MS, Boyault C, Knutti D, Padmanabhan K, Weitz CJ.  Identification of RACK1 and Protein Kinase Ca as integral components of the mammalian circadian clock.  Science  2010; 327: 463-466.
Storch K-F, Paz C, Signorovitch J, Raviola E, Pawlyk B, Li T, Weitz CJ.   Intrinsic circadian clock of the mammalian retina: importance for retinal processing of visual information.  Cell  2007; 130: 730-741.


Goodrich Laboratory at Harvard Medical School

The Goodrich lab is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to study the development of neural circuits in the auditory system. We use mouse genetics to understand how changes in the circuits of the inner ear affect an animalís ability to detect and perceive sound. Projects employ a variety of techniques, including biochemical analysis of novel proteins, in vitro culturing of inner ear neurons, imaging of single cells during auditory circuit assembly, and gene expression profiling of wild-type and mutant cells. No experience with the auditory system is required, but a familiarity with neuroscience or mouse genetics is a plus. Individuals with expertise in cell biology, imaging, microarrays, or signal transduction are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and three references to:

Dr. Lisa Goodrich
Dept of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
220 Longwood Avenue
Goldenson 442
Boston, MA 02115
Email: Lisa_Goodrich@hms.harvard.edu

 

 

SYSTEMS BIOLOGY


Mootha Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
The Mootha laboratory (Department of Systems Biology) has a funded opportunity for a postdoctoral scientist in computational genetics.

The laboratory focuses on mitochondrial biology and disease and consists of a lively group of computational biologists, experimental biochemists, and physician-scientists. We are currently seeking a postdoctoral scientist to work at the interface of human genetics and systems biology, with the goal of analyzing very large scale human genome sequence datasets using network models of mitochondria derived from cellular and biochemical studies, to address questions spanning disease, epistasis, and evolution.

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree in computational biology, preferably with a proven track record in computational genetics and analysis of next-generation sequencing data. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names/phone numbers of three people who could provide letters of reference by email to vamsi@hms.harvard.edu.

For additional information please visit our webpage: http://mootha.hms.harvard.edu/


Fontana Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
The Fontana Laboratory is seeking two outstanding post-docs to accomplish in collaboration with other groups a prototype end-to-end pipeline that extracts detailed mechanistic information about protein-protein interactions from databases and text, assembles such information into executable reference models for the purpose of understanding their dynamical behavior and assessing the current knowledge base in specific cell signaling systems. A can-do attitude, hacker soul, originality coupled to team spirit, fearlessness, and dedicated work ethic are necessary characteristics. Pay is commensurate to experience.

Position 1: Computer science / AI / bioinformatics / databases
The ideal candidate combines an interest, and possibly expertise, in Artificial Intelligence (text extraction, natural language processing, reasoning) with bioinformatic skills. The individual will collaborate with other groups in excavating information about molecular interactions from extant databases and text; organizing such information for translation into a formal and executable format from which models of cellular signaling are constructed. The candidate should be capable of scripting in Python or Perl, be familiar with procedural and functional programming paradigms (e.g. Java or similar and OCaml or similar) and have database experience.

Position 2: Modeler / cellular signaling / cancer pathways
The ideal candidate is a computational biologist with experience in modeling dynamical systems. The individual is a skilled programmer (C, C++ or similar, experience with OCaml a plus) who will work with Kappa, a formal agent-based modeling language (https://github.com/jkrivine/KaSim) and associated tools. Ease with formal / mathematical thinking is required. A sound instinct for molecular biology coupled to a physics mindset is highly desirable. The position functions as a modeling keystone within an ambitious project seeking to build large dynamic “reference models" of cell signaling networks involved in RAS-related cancers. Models of such networks are assembled using mechanistic knowledge extracted from databases and texts in collaboration with outside groups providing pertinent expertise.

To apply, send CV and a covering letter to Walter Fontana: walter@hms.harvard.edu.


Megason Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
A postdoctoral research fellow position is available in the Megason lab in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School in the areas of embryology, genetics, imaging, and systems biology. The Megason Lab has initiated a project to generate a Digital Fish which is a computer recreation of how the genome is executed to turn an egg into an embryo. We combine novel imaging technologies called in toto imaging to extract quantitative molecular and cellular data from living, developing zebrafish embryos for use in modeling. In toto imaging uses confocal and 2-photon microscopy to image and track every cell in developmental processes to reconstruct complete digital cell lineages. We also are developing a novel genetic approach called FlipTraps which generate endogenously expressed fluorescent fusion proteins and Cre condtional alleles. We combine these approaches to generate quantitative models of how systems of molecules program cells and systems of cells program tissues. Additionally, we are particularly interested in applicants with experience, expertise, and interest in home built 2-photon microscopy systems. For more information please contact Sean Megason (megason@hms.harvard.edu) or visit our website www.digitalfish.org.

A cover letter detailing your research motivations and a curriculum vitae should be sent by email to the above address together with the names of three referees with contact information.

Sean Megason, PhD
Department of Systems Biology
Harvard Medical School
200 Longwood Avenue, WAB 536
Boston, MA 02115

 

 

HEALTH CARE POLICY
No positions currently listed.

 

 

 

HARVARD SCHOOL OF DENTAL MEDICINE

Research Fellow, Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
The Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, seeks an outstanding individual for a Research Fellow position to begin July 1, 2014.  The position is funded by three R01 grants.

The focus of research will be on two areas:

  • The development and utilization of dental diagnostic terms in an electronic health record. The Research Fellow will work with the R01 co-investigators across a number of dental schools to use the refined dental diagnostic terminology to develop validation surveys and coordinate with the other grant sites on cognitive informatics research and active dissemination and implementation of the terminology across the profession.
  • The development of tools necessary to document dental adverse events that will generate a classification scheme to help organize and link adverse events to develop an infrastructure that will allow organizations to begin to systematically collect and analyze adverse events in their organizations. The Research Fellow will work with 4 academic U.S. dental schools, and one large dental group practice. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to generation of comprehensive adverse event taxonomy, extensive electronic chart review, and validation exercises using cognitive science methodology.  The Research Fellow will contribute to the dissemination and evaluation of the final research products.

The fellow will collaborate with faculty mentor Dr. Elsbeth Kalenderian, as well as the other co-investigators located at University of California San Francisco, University of Texas Houston, Creighton University, Academisch Centrum Tandheelkunde Amsterdam, Oregon Health & Science University to generate multiple publications and additional related grant proposals.

This position is grant funded through June 30, 2015 with the possibility of renewal.

Qualifications: Experience with study coordination, basic database reports, data analysis, electronic health records, and manuscript preparation is required. Successful candidates will possess a dental degree and preferably have a Ph.D. or equivalent in informatics, epidemiology, health sciences, or psychology.  Experience in biomedical informatics and quality improvement/patient safety, both broadly defined, is a plus.  The Research Fellow will be mentored to facilitate a transition to an independent research career by emphasizing acquisition of analytic, writing, and other research skills. Must have excellent written and spoken communication skills.  Must feel comfortable working independently.  Must have excellent organizational skills. 

Additional Information
To apply: Send curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three references, two reprints or preprints, and a cover letter describing research interest and career plans by email to:
Dr. Elsbeth Kalenderian, elsbeth_kalenderian@hsdm.harvard.edu.
Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
188 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

 

 

WYSS INSTITUTE


Postdoctoral Fellows Positions at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

The Wyss (pronounced "Veese") Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering uses Nature's design principles to develop bioinspired materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world.

Working as an alliance among Harvard's Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences, and in partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Tufts University, and Boston University, the Institute crosses disciplinary and institutional barriers to engage in high-risk research that leads to transformative technological breakthroughs.


Visit the Wyss Institute's website to find out positions available: http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewpage/191/postdoctoral-positions



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