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Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Genetics

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Position Information

Posting Number F046
Position Title Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Genetics
Location Reno, NV
FTE 1.0
Position Summary

Postdoctoral Fellow positions are available immediately at the Desert Research Institute in the newly formed Renown Institute of Health Innovation. The successful applicant will study the effects of genetic variability with emphasis on cancer and cardiovascular disease on a cohort of 10,000 Northern Nevadans that is expanding to approximately 40,000 by June 2018. The postdoctoral fellow will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, doctors and clinicians to investigates the causes and outcomes of disease as they relate to the environmental and genetic determinants of health. The postdoctoral fellow will have access to a broad data warehouse of epidemiologic, genetic, molecular, clinical and EMR data. The starting date is flexible and the positions are open immediately in Reno, NV.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in computational biology, computer science, statistics, mathematics, genetics or a related field from an accredited institution
  • Deep experience in either statistical genetics, population genomics or human genetics with the commensurate experience in programming and statistics
  • Ability to work independently to fulfill project goals and meet project deadlines
  • Evidence of the ability to participate in and coordinate collaborative research
  • Experience writing articles for peer reviewed publications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • The candidate must have a good publication record
  • Ability to develop research proposals and participate in grant writing
Conditions of Employment / Physical Requirements
  • Employment is contingent upon a successful completion of a background check.
  • The individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date, a copy of the transcript(s) of the highest degree he/she has acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Salary Information

Salaries are competitive and commensurate with qualifications, with continued appointment (assessed annually for up to a maximum of three years) being dependent upon performance and availability of funding. This position is eligible for DRI’s benefits package and relocation assistance. See this link for a benefits overview:

Note to Applicants

The Renown Institute of Health Innovation(IHI) is a 501c3 partnership between Renown Health and the Desert Research Institute. It was founded with the goal of solving fundamental problems in Nevada population health as well as to better understand the determinants of health in this unique catchment area. Recently, the IHI completed a pilot population health study and genotyped 10,000 Northern Nevadans in collaboration with the personal genetics company 23andMe. The IHI is building a large data warehouse around the determinants of health – aggregating environmental, socio-economic, behavioral and genetic data in combination with a large EMR dataset.

Renown Health is a locally governed and locally owned, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving Nevada for more than 150 years. Services reach across northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is one of the region’s largest private employers with a workforce of more than 6,300. It comprises three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, skilled nursing, the area’s most comprehensive medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest and only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown has a long tradition of being the first in the region to successfully perform leading-edge medical procedures. For more information, visit

Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a recognized world leader in investigating the effects of natural and human-induced environmental change and advancing technologies aimed at assessing a changing planet. For more than 50 years DRI research faculty, students, and staff have applied scientific understanding to support the effective management of natural resources while meeting Nevada’s needs for economic diversification and science-based educational opportunities. With campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, DRI serves as the non-profit environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

EEO Statement

DRI is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability (whether actual or perceived by others) or military status or obligation, and veteran status in employment, programs, and activities. It is further required that DRI take affirmative action in all employment matters to ensure that our policies and practices are non-discriminatory.

Posting Detail Information

Position Type Postdoctoral Fellow
Open Date 05/22/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference Contact Information
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