Postdoctoral Opportunities in Statistical Genetics
September 1, 2013: A post-doctoral position is available in the statistical genetics research group of Dr. Alkes Price, a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health. The fellow will work closely with Dr. Price, with other quantitative Ph.D’s in his group, and with collaborators at HSPH, HMS and The Broad Institute. Questions that we aim to answer include: (1) Which association scoring statistics provide maximum power to identify disease genes in admixed or structured populations, accounting for admixture association, imputation and fine-mapping, family relationships, and advantages of mixed model methodology, (2) What is the contribution of different classes of genetic variation to the heritability of quantitative and case-control traits and how does this inform polygenic prediction methods, and (3) Which new statistical approaches will maximize the informativeness of resequencing data for identifying disease genes in homogeneous, structured and/or admixed populations.
Exceedingly strong quantitative research background; practical experience working with large real-world genetic data sets, developing new methods, and producing high-quality published work. Preference will be given to candidates with degrees in computer science or other applied quantitative fields.