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Bioinformatics and Systems Approach to Diseases
University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama
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Date Posted October 04, 2018
Postdoctoral-Health Sciences
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Mentor:  Andre Leier, PhD, Assistant Professor, Informatics Institute, Department of Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1900 University Blvd, THT 136, Birmingham AL 35233-0006. E-mail:

A postdoctoral position in the field of Bioinformatics/Systems Medicine is available for a talented and highly-motivated individual in the group of Dr. André Leier at the Informatics Institute, University of Alabama at Birmingham. The successful candidate will perform original research in biomedical data analysis, algorithm and tool development, predictive modeling, and machine learning. Sample projects include analyzing protein post-translational modification cross-talk, protein function prediction, genotype to phenotype mapping, and predicting outcomes of therapeutic interventions. 

Appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension contingent on satisfactory performance. Competitive salary (with benefits) will follow NIH guidelines commensurate with training and experience.  


The applicants must have a PhD in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Systems Biology or an equivalent field with a general background in molecular cell biology. Programming (C++, Matlab, R, and/or Python) and mathematical/analytic skills are expected. Previous experience in bioinformatics-related projects is a must. Ideally, the candidate has additional hands-on experience in machine learning techniques and use of various bioinformatics tools and online databases. 

It is expected that the candidate is able to understand various types of omics data, to subsequently generate and implement computational pipelines for analysis and/or prediction. The candidate has to be collegiate and be able to communicate well with scientists including those from other backgrounds. 


 To apply:

Please send
(a) a cover letter including a brief statement explaining fit, motivation and interest in the open position, summarizing past research and outlining career goals,
(b) a CV including a full list of publications and names and contact details of three references (with institutional mail/email addresses), and 
(c) one sample authored publication/manuscript 

by email in one single PDF file to André Leier (aleier (at) Referees of short-listed candidates will be contacted directly. While the start date is negotiable, screening of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

About us:

UAB is a highly collegial and interactive environment. UAB has an active Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) which provides mentoring and career guidance. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and family-friendly environment. To learn more about the University of Alabama at Birmingham, please visit

For further information, please contact Dr. André Leier (aleier (at) directly. 


Postdoc Awards and Benefits:

Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The OPE strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.
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