Lab Opportunites

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position

The laboratories of Terry Furey and Samir Kelada at UNC Chapel Hill’s Department of Genetics seek a post-doctoral fellow to participate in their research program on the genomics of airway response to the air pollutant ozone. We seek to uncover mechanistic linkages between the genome (e.g., DNA sequence variants), epigenome (e.g., chromatin status), and gene expression elicited by the air pollutant ozone in vivo, and to understand how these parameters relate to hallmark ozone induced airway inflammation and injury phenotypes.

For this study, we are performing functional genomics experiments (ATAC-seq and RNA-seq) in alveolar macrophages from a population of mice that are genetically diverse (the Collaborative Cross mouse genetics reference population) that have been exposed to ozone. We are looking for an enthusiastic post-doctoral fellow to join this project and help lead efforts to process, integrate, analyze, and interpret these genomic data. The successful candidate will gain experience in a number of cutting-edge computational genetic and genomic analyses techniques, become familiar with the Collaborative Cross mouse resource that is increasingly being used in many research disciplines including toxicology, and gain knowledge in the molecular effects of ozone on the airway.

Importantly, these projects will provide the necessary training and expertise that will translate into future research projects for ambitious and motivated scientists with aspirations for their own independent research careers in academic or private company settings. In addition to research, the post-doctoral fellow will be actively involved with writing scientific papers and presenting talks at scientific meetings. The post-doctoral fellow will be supported by an NIEHS T32 Training Grant and will join a cohort of trainees that meet regularly to share their research findings and learn about new topics in toxicology and environmental health. The post-doctoral fellow will also have an advisory committee that will provide guidance on training activities and career development.

Eligibility: This position is supported by a federal training grant, therefore applicants must either be US citizens or green card holders.

Educational Requirements: Applicants should possess a PhD in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, or a related field.

Qualifications and Experience: Candidates applying should be proficient in one or more of the following programming languages: Python, Perl, R, Java, C. Candidates must have experience analyzing high-throughput sequencing data from functional genomics experiments such as ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, and DNase-seq or ATAC-seq. Experience with evolutionary and comparative genomics desired. Candidates should also have strong communication and analytical skills.

Interested qualified candidates should contact Terry (tsfurey@email.unc.edu) and/or Samir (samir_kelada@med.unc.edu).

 

Graduate Students
The Furey lab is always looking for highly motivated graduate students interested in pursuing a PhD degree in computational biology focused on biological areas of interest in the lab. Students with a strong background in programming and/or statistics are encouraged to contact Terry about rotation opportunities.

 

Undergraduate Students
Students with programming experience and an interest in gaining experience performing research in computational biology should contact Terry about research possibilities with the lab.