Chongzhi Zang Lab  

Positions


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Description

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.

Requirements

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

To apply online, please click here or visit Jobs@UVa website and search on Posting Number 0622293. Complete a candidate profile, attach a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a one-page proposal for a research project to be conducted during postdoctoral training. The position will remain open until filled.

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

For questions related to the positions, please contact Dr. Chongzhi Zang at zang@virginia.edu.


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.


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: December 7, 2017