Chongzhi Zang Lab  


Postdoctoral Research Associate


The Center for Public Health Genomics at the University of Virginia is seeking to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in computational biology in the lab of Dr. Chongzhi Zang. The research in the Zang Lab focuses on developing computational methodologies and designing integrative genomics approaches to study epigenetics and transcriptional regulation of gene expression. Representative projects include: develop novel algorithms for analyzing next-generation sequencing data (e.g. ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq, RNA-seq); design model-based machine-learning or statistical approaches for cross-platform data integration to infer gene regulatory networks; analyze public genomic data to characterize physical and dynamic properties of chromatin epigenomes in mammalian cells and cancer systems. More information on research directions and previous publications can be found at the lab website.

Established in 2007, the Center for Public Health Genomics at the University of Virginia has been dedicated to addressing contemporary problems in human diseases and the biology of mammalian cells through computational research. The Zang Lab has established extensive collaborations both within UVA with multiple departments, Cancer Center and Data Science Institute, and across external academic institutions including universities, national hospitals and federal research institutes.

Founded and designed by Thomas Jefferson, University of Virginia is the one of the most reputable universities in the United States. It is one of the original members of Public Ivies and an early member of the Association of American Universities, an organization of preeminent research universities. The university continues in its mission to develop tomorrow's leaders who are well prepared to help shape the future of the nation and the world.


To qualify for this position, a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Physical Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field in hand is required by start date. A successful candidate must have strong programming skills in Python (or C/C++) & R, a strong quantitative background (e.g., statistical modeling, machine learning, computational or theoretical physics, etc.) or computational genomics experience (e.g., next-generation sequencing analysis, etc.). Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment are also required. A publication record of at least one first-author (including co-first author) paper written in English in the previous area of research (not necessarily computational biology) in peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings with submitted, accepted or published status, is required at the time of application.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

A complete application should include a brief cover letter, full CV, contact information for three references, and a one-page proposal for a research project to be conducted during postdoctoral training. Applications should be sent to with subject line "Postdoc application". The position will remain open until filled.

All positions are restricted and contingent on the continuation of funding.

For questions related to the positions, please email

Graduate Students

We are recruiting graduate students for research training and completing PhD thesis in the lab. Prospective student should apply for either the Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) graduate program at the UVA School of Medicine or the Biomedical Engineering (BME) graduate program at the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science. Admitted PhD students please contact Dr. Zang for rotation opportunities.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at any year are welcome to work in the lab part-time during semesters or full-time in the summer to get research training and research experience. Students majored in physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, biology, or pre-med are especially welcome. Please contact Dr. Zang directly.

Undergraduate students from outside of UVA are welcome to conduct summer research in the lab. Eligible students are encouraged to apply to the Summer Research Internship Program, although opportunities in the lab are not contingent upon admission to the program. Please email for inquiries.

Why UVA?

Because this is a great place! For more information about the university and the Charlottesville area, please refer to my colleague and friend Dr. Nathan Sheffield's article about "Why you should consider coming to UVA".

Last modified: January 7, 2019