Open Postdoc Positions

Postdoctoral Positions at HMS Quad-based Labs

The Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship | Curriculum Fellows ProgramBiological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology | Biomedical Informatics | Cell Biology | Center for Bioethics | Genetics | Global Health and Social Medicine | Harvard Catalyst | Health Care Policy | Microbiology and Immunobiology | Neurobiology | Systems Biology | Harvard School of Dental Medicine | Wyss Institute

This page lists some of the postdoctoral positions currently available on the HMS Quadrangle. Many principal investigators do not advertise their postdoctoral positions with us, 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.
For non-Quad or external positions please see:

Quad Departments: to have an opportunity listed on this page, send along a description of the postdoctoral position and contact information to us at

Postdoc openings at other Harvard affiliated institutions:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Brigham & Women's Hospital | Children’s Hospital | Dana-Farber | Joslin | Mass General Hospital * | McLean Hospital* | T.H. Chan School of Public Health*
*Please note: some Harvard affiliates do not advertise individual postdoc positions with us, it may be best to identify a PI conducting work in your specific area of interest, and to email that PI directly with your CV and cover letter.


The Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School

The Project Management Fellows Program provides postdoctoral fellows with a mix of hands-on and curriculum-based training in the facilitation of complex research in academic and industrial settings. Many NIH-funded research centers mandate or strongly encourage the inclusion of scientific managers and coordinators in research. This creates new career opportunities for skilled scientists interested in supporting the interdisciplinary, multi-investigator projects typical of contemporary biomedical science. The LPM program helps individuals take advantage of this opportunity by providing hands-on and curriculum-based training in facilitating complex research projects.

The Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology (LSP) at Harvard Medical School tackles difficult problems in translational biomedicine using systems pharmacology approaches that combine laboratory experiments, computer science and clinical studies. Within the LSP, experts in systems biology, basic and translational pharmacology, cell biology, infectious disease, clinical trials, and informatics work closely together to meet the goals of ambitious research programs funded by NIH center and program grants.
LSP projects involve collaboration among multiple faculty members, staff scientists and trainees with very different sets of skills and often based in different departments or institutions. These multi-investigator projects are facilitated by PhD-level scientific managers who help coordinate and integrate the different aspects of each large research project, including pipelines for managing diverse omic data, reagent verification, data curation and validation and communication with the larger scientific community. Scientific program managers play a key role in writing reports for funding agencies, coordination of scientific meetings and often contribute to scientific papers. The LSP scientific program managers will provide LPM fellows with guidance, peer support and mentorship through formal and informal mechanisms.

The Project Management Fellows Program
LPM Fellows will have the opportunity to acquire and refine the required for the effective coordination of large collaborative projects, and obtain Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, a designation required or strongly preferred by employers in industry and government.
Each LPM Fellow will gain hands-on experience in the coordination of multiple research projects and learn the basics of grant management by supporting an NIH Center or Program Project research team within LSP. Fellows will also engage in a rigorous professional development program that draws directly on and supports their project management role in the LSP. Fellows will complete the MassBio Project Management for Biotech course (8 evenings), LSP-based skills assessment and communication workshops, and will be expected to enroll in other short courses at Harvard University specific to their own interests (e.g. “Research administration of sponsored awards”, “Difficult conversations”, “Introduction to management in research”, “Managing up”). The Fellow will independently prepare for the Project Management Exam using the Lynda preparatory courses and other resources.  All expenses related to training and examination will be covered.
A successful LPM Fellow will, within a 2-3 year training period:
-Demonstrate their ability to facilitate complex research projects,
-Hone written and verbal communication skills,
-Develop a working relationship with funding agencies,
-Engage a network of peers and mentors regionally,
-Become certified as a Project Management Professional.

The skills the Fellows will acquire can provide opportunities for several career paths, including:
-Managing a research program, center or other similar activity in academia, in partnership with a faculty leader.
-Project management for biotech or pharmaceutical industry laboratories.
-Research administration in academe, government or industry
-Program management in a federal agency such as NIH or NSF.

The LINCS LPM Fellowship
The LSP is recruiting a LPM Fellow in support of the NIH Library of Integrated Network-based Cellular Signatures (LINCS)Center based in the LSP ( The HMS LINCS Center was established in October 2010 to develop experimental and computational strategies to identify cell “signatures” that describe how cells respond to different chemical or biological perturbations. As of March 2017, seven centers across the U.S. participate in the NIH LINCS consortium program. The HMS LINCS Center is identifying signatures that measure the responses of cells derived from different human tissues to therapeutic drugs. Much of the work focuses on cultured cells (from breast, liver and colon), but the Center also studies primary human cells from normal and diseased patients.  As perturbing agents, the focus is on small molecule kinase inhibitors, which are a leading class of therapeutic agents for treatment of cancer, autoimmune and other diseases.
In their research management role, the fellow will collaborate with HMS LINCS investigators to:
-Play a prominent role within the HMS LINCS group curating and organizing experimental data.
-Develop and execute plans for LINCS data releases to public repositories.
-Help to coordinate HMS LINCS data production, data annotation and outreach activities with the work of other LINCS centers.
-Participate in LINCS consortium activities, including regular calls for the Steering Committee, Data Working Group, and Experimental Working Group, and in-person meetings.
-Communicate with the NIH program office regarding required reports, data releases, outreach activities and metrics collection.
-Attend and participate in LSP and Sorger lab group meetings and in the regular and ad hoc meetings involving LINCS PIs, postdocs, students and staff
The Fellow will be appointed as a postdoctoral fellow under LINCS PI and LSP Director Peter Sorger, work on a day-to-day basis with postdocs and staff active in LINCS and receive mentorship and guidance from LSP Scientific Managers and Executive Director.  This position will have a high degree of independence, and opportunities to present at regional and national scientific symposia and workshops.

-PhD in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, systems biology, chemical biology, biophysics or related field
-Demonstrated experience or a strong statement of interest in collaborative research
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
-Interest in research coordination and project management

Applications should provide a CV, cover letter and 3 letters of recommendation via email to

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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.  In addition, Fellows are welcome to join the HMS the Society for Translational and Academic Researchers (STARs), sponsored by the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership
For more info or to apply:

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Data Science Curriculum Fellow in Biomedical Informatics
Institution:         Harvard Medical School
Location:           Boston, MA
Category:           Faculty – Science
Type:                  Full Time
The Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at Harvard Medical School ( invites applications for a Data Science Curriculum Fellow, associated with the Master of Biomedical Informatics (MBI) programs (
The MBI programs offered by DBMI provide an intellectual framework for the systematic and sound use of quantitative methods to increase agility with such methods in their respective domains. The programs include an intensive, hands-on boot camp, a range of foundational courses in quantitative and biomedical subjects, as well as courses in emerging areas such as precision medicine, data science, and data visualization. All students are expected to complete a capstone research project and to participate in a seminar series.
The MBI Curriculum Fellow will play a key role in developing the educational offerings of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and will:
-Develop or identify Biomedical Informatics-related content and materials for courses and serve as the primary instructor or provide instructional support to the associated teaching faculty.
-Take a lead role in planning and mentoring the capstone research projects.
-Work with the MBI Director and faculty to expand the MBI curriculum and keep it current.
-Mentor teaching assistants.
-Pursue additional opportunities to improve Biomedical Informatics education through collaborations and the adoption of novel course formats.
-Liaise with other Harvard departments and affiliates engaged in data science teaching and learning initiatives.
-Contribute to program delivery and coordinate appropriate follow-up to drive continuous course and program improvement.
-Develop, implement, and support paracurricular activities, including symposia, recruitment events, social and career development initiatives.
-Collaborate with the program manager to foster a positive learning environment for MBI students and be a continuous presence with the student cohort.
-Provide administrative support, including the preparation of annual reports for university stakeholders together with the program manager.
-Participate in strategic planning initiatives and program development.
-An earned doctorate in a Biomedical Informatics-related field (i.e. computational biology, computer science, etc)
-Teaching experience at the graduate or undergraduate level
-Postdoctoral research or teaching experience (preferred)
Job Skills and Competencies:
-Demonstrated quantitative expertise and experience with biomedical data
-Proficiency with R and/or Python (preferred)
-Familiarity with practices related to collaborative and reproducible scientific work
-Ability to work collaboratively with multiple faculty and administrative partners to develop new courses and educational/training opportunities
-Experience applying pedagogical best practices, including evidence-based teaching methods and technological innovations, to the classroom
-Ability to advise faculty on the application of evidence-based teaching practices to existing courses
-Strong oral and written communication skills
-Strong organizational and administrative skills and the ability to successfully plan and implement programs and events
-Ability to work independently to identify and implement optimal solutions to diverse problems
-Effective mentorship skills
We aim to recruit a postdoctoral scientist who is committed to both the practice and the teaching of Biomedical Informatics and who is drawn to an academic environment. The MBI Curriculum Fellow is a member of the HMS Curriculum Fellows Program, a science education community that functions as a training program for early career scientist-teachers while contributing to the development and oversight of high quality, innovative graduate education at Harvard. Pedagogical training is incorporated into the fellow’s course- and program-based efforts and includes opportunities to design and conduct discipline based educational research (DBER) projects. Curriculum Fellows receive mentorship and career advising to support their development as educators throughout the duration of the appointment.
To apply: To be considered for this position, please email a single pdf document containing a letter of application that addresses your interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy.  Please include the names and contact information of three references, who will be asked to supply letters or will be contacted by phone early in the application screening process. You may also include evidence of teaching effectiveness or links to relevant work. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a deadline for full consideration of 5 PM Eastern Time on July 7th, 2017. The CF position and its associated academic appointment is a one year appointment, renewable for three years, and is non-tenure-track. Fellows are hired at the rank of research associate or Lecturer, commensurate with experience. The ideal start for the position is on or before August 1, 2017 at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Address applications to Bradley Coleman, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Curriculum Fellows Program
Via Ms. Naima Abdullahi (

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The Arthanari Lab
The Arthanari Lab at Department of BCMP, Harvard Medical School and Department of Cancer Biology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate with expertise in transcriptional biology. Our laboratory works at the interface of structural biology, drug discovery and mechanistic biology, focusing on transcription factors and their interactions with co-activators and mediators (e.g. Nature 2016 25;530 (7591): 485-9; Nature 2008 452 (7187): 604-9). Research efforts will be focused on the intersection of cancer biology/genetics and immune-oncology. The candidate is expected to have a comprehensive understanding of signaling pathways, epigenetics and transcription regulation. Experience in technical skills including cell culture, somatic genetic analysis (e.g., CRISPr, si-, sh- RNA knockdown and rescue), protein biochemistry, assay design and development and biological applications to advance discovery are preferred. The individual should be independent and passionate about science and have an established record of creativity, ability to work in teams and strong publication record in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Interested applicants should send a CV, and the names/phone numbers of three references by email to

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

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Avillach Laboratory at Harvard Medical School

Research Fellow Position at the Department of Biomedical Informatics (posted 10/16/15)

Description: The Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at Harvard Medical School is looking for a Research Fellow to help us build cutting edge research platforms. We seek an individual to work on our multidisciplinary team of data scientists, medical doctors, and developers. Our team studies large and disparate datasets from the domains of biology, healthcare and social media. The goal of our efforts is to transform healthcare and research to usher in a new age of individualized data driven medicine.
The Research Fellow will be responsible for developing novel methodologies and applications to help visual causal relationships in bioinformatics data sets. The diversity of subject matter will require a creative mind and a candidate capable of deploying imaginative strategies and who is dedicated to solving complex and challenging problems within an interdisciplinary environment.
Specific responsibilities for this position include:
• Work to understand data about causal relationships in order to develop visualizations.
• Create prototypes for visualizations and work with software professionals to integrate the work into an existing platform.
• Perform novel research on bioinformatics data sets and publish any findings.

For details and additional information:

Gehlenborg Laboratory at Harvard Medical School

Multiple postdoctoral fellowships are available immediately in the Gehlenborg Lab in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. (posted 10/21/15)

The goal of the lab is to improve human health by developing computational techniques and interfaces that enable biomedical and clinical investigators to efficiently interact with biomedical data. We design, implement and evaluate methods and tools that leverage the knowledge and cognitive skills of investigators in order to enable the interpretation of massive heterogeneous data sets that integrate genomic and clinical data. Please see for additional information about our work.

Possible research projects include development of data visualization, analysis, and management tools to study genomic structural variants, dynamics of the 3D genome, and cancer subtypes in patient cohorts. Further projects involve the design and implementation of visual exploration tools for biomedical data repositories and tools for viewing and interacting with provenance graphs. All of the projects are highly interdisciplinary and are being conducted in close cooperation with computational or experimental domain experts providing an excellent opportunity for collaborative research.

Our lab in the Department of Biomedical Informatics is part of a vibrant community of scientists, physicians, and engineers whose goal is to advance the boundaries of knowledge. The Department has recently been formed at Harvard Medical School to lead development of computational and informatics techniques to address pertinent challenges in modern biological sciences and medicine. The Department’s faculty conduct research at the intersection of biomedicine and information sciences, including bioinformatics, functional genomics, translational medicine, and clinical knowledge management. Based on the Harvard Medical School Longwood Campus, it provides a rich scientific environment, with many seminar series and invited speakers of the highest caliber.

For details and additional information:

Kharchenko Laboratory at Harvard Medical School

A laboratory at the newly-formed Department of Biomedical Informatics at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) is looking to recruit several postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing one or more of the following topics in computational biology:
I. Single-Cell Genomics
II. Computational analysis of epigenetic mechanisms disrupted in cancer and other disease-disrupted tissues
III. Computational analysis of nucleosome organization
(posted on 2/4/16)

For details and additional information:


Patel Laboratory at Harvard Medical School

The Patel Group in the Harvard Medical School Department of Biomedical Informatics ( is looking for a Post-Doctoral research fellow to run a collaborative study with Northeastern University’s Antimicrobial Discovery Center that will uncover the characteristics of Lyme disease around the US leveraging emerging large and high-dimensional clinical data streams. Candidates must have a PhD in computer science, mathematics, physics, biomedical informatics, bioinformatics, or a related quantitative field. Preferred qualifications for this position include experience designing large software applications and infrastructure to store, retrieve, and analyze large datasets. Industry experience with R, Python, SQL is required. Experience in hacking with cloud technologies is great. Email applications including curriculum vitae, summary statement of personal objectives, and the names and email addresses of 2-3 references to Chirag Patel ( Harvard Medical School is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. (posted 3/2/16)

Biomedical Data Scientist Postdoctoral Associate (posted 2/4/16)
Imagine a dynamic dataset that encompasses comprehensive information about a patient in the health care system: what diseases they have, their genomic sequence, their social media messages (e.g, tweets and likes), and where they live. How would you—a data hacker—store, retrieve, and analyze this information to drive biomedical discovery to find a new way of predicting disease or even a new therapy for a disease? Chirag Patel’s Group at the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School is looking for a data engineer to build cutting-edge platforms and data infrastructure to enable large-scale data-driven research to address this question. We aim to integrate diverse data sources from geotemporal information (e.g., NOAA Weather Data, EPA AirData), individual genomic sequence, social media data, and health claims information to paint a comprehensive picture of individuals who are sick and healthy.

For details and additional information:

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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

For additional information please visit our webpage:

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Church Lab at Harvard Medical School
The Church lab has a funded opportunity for a postdoctoral scientist to further the development of the lab’s cutting-edge Fluorescent In Situ Sequencing (FISSEQ) and related methods, with special focus on extending their application to model and natural microbial communities relevant to the Department of Energy’s biofuel generation programs. The scientist in this position will be responsible for devising and optimizing sample preparation and in situ sequencing library generation protocols that take into account the specific physical and biological characteristics of microbial community samples; and acquiring, validating, and analyzing in situ data from these samples that demonstrate the insights obtainable from in situ omics data. Beyond this specific project, this scientist is expected to become a leading resource within the Church lab on FISSEQ and other in situ ‘omics’ methods generally, who will consult and collaborate with others both within and outside of the lab on best ways of conducting and developing this exciting and rapidly expanding array of in situ technologies. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of scientific rigor, ingenuity, and peer-reviewed publications, and be well-organized, self-motivated, and able to work well both in teams and alone. Candidates should have a strong background in both the experimental and computational aspects of high-throughput RNA sequencing, use of high-throughput omics data in the context of systems and/or synthetic biology projects, and a strong understanding of statistics.  Experience with technology development of new omics capabilities is highly desirable. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
Please answer the following questions below in your cover letter and include your CV and recommendations via email to

  1. Are you legally authorized to work in the United States? Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status?
  2. What is your ideal scenario for a postdoc and beyond?

Yanker Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
Positions available to study gene regulation, epigenetics and the molecular biology of aging and neurodegenerative diseases.  Projects focus on iPS cells, C. elegans, animal models and the biology of genes involved in aging and Alzheimer's disease. For reference see: Nature 507:448, 2014, J. Cell Biol. 203:457, 2013, Mol. Cell 40:333, 2010, Nature 464:529, 2010, Nature 429:883, 2004. Experience in molecular biology is required.

Send CV, a brief description of research experience and names of 3 references to: Dr. Bruce Yankner by email to

Sinclair Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
Post-doctoral Scientist - position available immediately (10.14.15)
We are seeking a talented, highly motivated individual to join the laboratory headed by Professor David Sinclair in the Genetics Department at Harvard Medical School, Boston. The Sinclair lab is known for their work on genes and small molecules that delay aging with a focus on Sirtuins and small molecule activators such as resveratrol. The laboratory has a record of innovation with over 30 patents and numerous start-up companies. In 2014, Dr. Sinclair was on the TIME100 list of the “most influential people in the world.”
The individual will design and conduct laboratory research under the direction of the lab head to identify natural and synthetic small molecules to delay and reverse aging, with a focus on skin aging. The individual will present regular updates to academic and industry collaborators as well as prepare and publish research reports. Candidate may occasionally be required to travel within the U.S. and overseas.
The ideal candidate will have a record of scientific rigor, creativity, and ability to work in teams, with a strong publication record in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Candidate should have a strong background in enzymology, biochemistry, and molecular biology, and be familiar with microbial genetics and mammalian cell culture. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. The individual will be required to work efficiently as part of an international team with performance measures and time constraints. Proficiency in French is desirable but not essential.
Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School - Genetics Dept. - salary commensurate with experience
To apply:

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

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 (

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Research Fellowship

The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine seeks a postdoctoral fellow to support the design and evaluation of large-scale intervention programs forming part of the core research and teaching activities of the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery-Dubai. The Center has three concurrent missions: (1) to conduct and publish cutting edge health delivery research on innovative approaches to addressing health problems of critical importance to the region and world; (2) to train the next generation of scholars and practitioners from Dubai and the region in global health delivery; and (3) to enable Dubai to serve as an important regional hub for discussions and policy formulation on health problems of critical importance to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, the region, and the world. This position is employed by a Dubai-based affiliate of Harvard Global Research and Support Services Inc. (Harvard Global). Harvard Global is itself a wholly controlled affiliate of Harvard University.

The successful candidate would have epidemiological and biostatistical background, and experience in designing studies and analytic plans, data analysis and interpretation, report and manuscript writing.  The fellowship is funded by the Center to train postdoctoral candidates for a successful research career as an epidemiologist/biostatistician focused on global health delivery. The minimal required qualification is a doctoral degree (PhD, DRPH, ScD or equivalent) in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health or related discipline. The position will be based in Dubai and will be offered for one year (renewable for one additional year based on performance).  The ideal candidate will have finished their doctoral studies within five years of the date of application.  Knowledge of Arabic is an asset but not required.  

Applicants must send a cover letter stating their long-term career aims and suitability for the position, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests, statement of research plans, and names and contact information for at least three potential references. Email applications to by March 30, 2017. The position is scheduled to start on July 1. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Candidates should be eligible for employment sponsorship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Offers are conditional on proper work authorization. A signed employment agreement will be issued by Harvard Global’s affiliate and may include a pre-employment background and reference checks. Harvard Global and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Start date:  July 1, 2017

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

For additional information, see: HMS Center for Global Health Delivery—Dubai

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Post-doctoral Research Fellow – The Football Players Health Study

The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University aims to evaluate and improve the health and wellbeing of former professional football players. The Study is funded by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and is one of the largest sports research projects ever undertaken.  The Study is researching the prevalence and severity of medical conditions that affect the quality and longevity of life of football players and working to identify and prioritize promising new approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat those conditions that afflict them. The Study strives to meet its aims by collecting data directly from players, by supporting innovative research through pilot awards, and by investigating ethical considerations of players’ conditions. The research program sits within Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center. Harvard Catalyst facilitates clinical and translational research throughout the 27 Harvard schools and Academic Healthcare Centers (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and others) by educating and training investigators, providing tools and technologies that enable their research, and bringing diverse communities together to accelerate the pace of investigation.

The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University is seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral research fellow (PhD, MD or MD/PhD) who will help to further study design, write IRB protocols, and conduct data analysis under the guidance and direction of our lead investigators.  Additional responsibilities include coordinating with the IRB, presenting work at local and national meetings, and writing scientific manuscripts.  The position will be co-mentored by Drs. Alvaro Pascual-Leone and William Meehan.  This is a one- year position with the option to renew annually.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD or MD/PhD) in a relevant area; including any medical specialty or scientific field with a dedicated interest in the care of athletes.  Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information discreetly is required.

Other preferred requirements include:
-- Ability to design and conduct data analysis for cross-sectional and longitudinal studies.
-- Proven ability and experience in a subset of SAS, SPSS or related statistical packages.
-- Excellent oral and written skills.
-- Speak fluently in English.

Please submit letter of interest, CV, one copy of any relevant publication, and names/addresses of three references to Dr. Supriya Krishnan (

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Gack Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
Two postdoctoral positions are available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Michaela Gack at the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology of Harvard Medical School to conduct cutting-edge research at the interface of immunology and virology. Specifically, the project will investigate the molecular mechanisms of how the innate immune system restricts the replication of polyomaviruses and other viral pathogens in various cell culture assays and mouse models.

Candidates should be accomplished in virology, molecular biology, biochemistry and/or immunology. Experience with DNA viruses, in particular polyomaviruses, and mouse infection studies would be especially desirable.

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references to:
Michaela Gack, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology
Harvard Medical School


Gehrke Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
The Gehrke laboratory is looking for a U.S. citizen postdoc to join a team that is studying neurotropic virus infections using 2D and 3D tissue models.  Applicants must have Ph.D. or M.D. degree with a background in virology and familiarity with molecular techniques.  The work will involve BSL3 pathogens. Available immediately. Please send inquiries to (6.2.17)

Yang Laboratory at Harvard Medical School
The Yang Lab has two immediate openings for postdoctoral fellows to play a vital role in the discovery and optimization of small molecule antivirals. Must have established expertise in protein expression (microbial, insect, and mammalian cells) and purification as well as with a variety of biophysical and biochemical methods for characterizing protein-small molecule interactions. Experience with high-throughput screening and/or molecular virology techniques is desired but may be substituted with a willingness and aptitude to learn. Must be willing to work with viral pathogens in a BSL2+ lab.

You will be working within a multidisciplinary group of structural biologists, medicinal chemists, biochemists, and virologists. This position requires excellent communication and organizational skills, and a willingness to help train and mentor more junior members on the research team. This is an excellent opportunity for a post-doctoral fellow to acquire experience relevant to future employment in industry while still operating within an academic environment. This position is funded by an NIH grant through 2018. Applicants are expected to make a 3 year commitment.

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references to:
Priscilla L. Yang., Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology
Harvard Medical School

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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
HMS Dept. of Neurobiology Website:

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
HMS Dept. of Neurobiology Website:
Some recent papers:
Duong HA, Robles MS, Knutti K, Weitz CJ.  A molecular mechanism for circadian clock negative feedback. Science  2011; 332: 1436-9.
Padmanabhan K, Robles MS, Westerling T, Weitz CJ.  Feedback regulation of transcriptional termination by the mammalian circadian clock PERIOD complex. Science  2012; 337:  599-602.
Kim JY, Kwak PB, Weitz CJ.  Specificity in circadian clock feedback from targeted reconstitution of the NuRD co-repressor.  Molecular Cell  2014; 56: 738-748.
Tamayo AG, Duong HA, Robles MS, Mann M, Weitz CJ.  Histone mono-ubiquitination by Clock–Bmal1 complex marks Per1 and Per2 genes for circadian feedback. Nature Structural & Molecular Biology 201522: 759-766.  

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 animal’s 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

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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
 For additional information please visit our webpage:

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 ( 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:

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 ( or visit our website

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

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Posted: May 18, 2017

A post doc position is available in the Office of Global and Community Health at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.  

This one year position will enable an individual with an interest in health policy to engage in a variety of policy related work in the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Office of Global and Community Health. The incumbent will be expected to contribute to the development of a policy framework for integrating oral health benefits with general health benefits; to collaborate on work underway with advocacy groups such as Health Care for All and Pew Charitable Trust; and to engage in demonstration projects of new modes of oral health delivery. The position will work with all departments at HSDM, multiple academic units at other Harvard Schools and a diverse array of community and national organizations. The person will report to the Assistant Dean for Global and Community Health.

Salary will follow NIH and university guidelines.

To apply, please send a brief statement of research interests, CV and contact information of three references to:
Jane Barrow
Assistant Dean from Global and Community Health/Executive Director, IIOHM


Posted: March 22, 2017

A post-doctoral position is available immediately in the Yang lab at Dept. of Developmental Biology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

The laboratory of Dr. Yingzi Yang has a longstanding and intense interest in defining the functional mechanisms of Wnt, Hedgehog and Hippo signaling pathways in development and disease pathogenesis. This interest is being pursued through the generation and analyses of genetically engineered mice (transgenic, knockout and knock-in), in vitro studies with cell biology and biochemistry approaches as well as corroborative studies using human specimens. This work also involves cutting-edge imaging techniques and liver tumorigenesis in vitro and in vivo models. Protein chemistry and engineering is a plus. The position is funded by the NIDCR and NIAMS.

The candidate should have a PhD degree in biomedical sciences with less than 3 years of postdoctoral experience and a proven record of scientific productivity. Basic skills in molecular, genetic and cell biology are required. Duties and responsibilities of the successful candidate will include:
• strong abilities to work independently and with self-initiative;
• abilities to vigorously pursue scientific projects, both conceptually and experimentally, with pro-active thinking and action;
• collaboration with other research staff, supervision and training of lab members;
• writing and editing of manuscripts, research presentations at departmental seminars and scientific meetings.

Salary will follow NIH and university guidelines.

To apply, please send a brief statement of research interests, CV and contact information of three references to:
Yingzi Yang, PhD


Posted: January 24, 2017
A postdoctoral research fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Andreia Ionescu at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston. We are seeking Postdoctoral candidates who are independent, highly motivated and career-oriented to work on NIH-funded projects in the areas of cartilage development and disease (osteoarthritis). The successful candidate will be involved in identification of the gene signature of cartilage progenitor cells.

Potential candidates should have experience working with molecular biology, stem cells, tissue culture techniques, and mouse models. Expertise in DNA manipulations and generating stable cell lines using Lentiviral vectors and the CRISPR/Cas9 system is desirable. A strong background in molecular and cellular biology as well as Rna-seq and ChIP-seq analyses will receive higher priority. Prior experience with stem cell biology is a plus.

To apply, send your CV and email addresses of three references to:
Dr. Andreia Ionescu, PhD,
Dep. of Developmental Biology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 188 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115. Tel: 617-432-5912

For more information, visit our website at:

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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:

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