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Postdoctoral Fellow - Bioinformatician
  • Requisition ID #: 25824
  • Job Category: Research
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Experience Level: Postdoctoral
  • City, State: Milwaukee, WI
  • Work Location: Health Research Center
  • Department: Surgery
  • Education: Doctorate Degree

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Position Description:


According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), a postdoc is an individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced research training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path. In addition, according to the National Postdoc Association (NPA), Postdoctoral appointees can pursue basic, clinical or translational projects so long as their primary effort is devoted toward their own scholarship. Postdocs are essential to the scholarly mission of the mentor and host institution, and thus are expected to have the freedom to publish the results of their scholarship. 

The postdoc will assist in the development, maintenance and testing of genomic data applications which focus on the use of whole genome sequencing to undercover the etiology of a rare disease and mechanistic models that span biologic resolutions.  

Characteristics of a postdoctoral appointment: 

It is expected that postdocs at MCW, with the assistance of their supervisor, will: 

  • Transition to career independence through the development of professional skills that enable the postdoc to actively pursue a career of his/her own choosing.

  • Be supervised by at least one senior scholar who actively promotes the postdoc's professional development.

  • Establish an individual development plan (IDP) that incorporates equally the postdoc's career and training goals and the mentor's research goals.

  • Pursue basic, clinical, or translational projects so long as effort is focused primarily on research.

  • Publish results of the postdoc's research and scholarship during their appointment.

  • The postdoctoral appointment is temporary by nature, the aggregate amount of time spent as a postdoc is recommended to not exceed five years (not including family medical leave or maternity/paternity leave).

  • As postdocs are important members of the host institution's community, appropriate levels of compensation, health care, and other benefits commensurate with their essential status should be afforded, independent of the postdoc's source of funding.

Primary Functions 

  • Understand genetic and biologic principles to guide the analysis and interpretation of NGS data. Independently provides troubleshooting for data generation and processing. Implements triaging and generates reports.

  • Participate in discovery projects.

  • Coordinate research study activities; lead and manage projects.

  • Develops, implements and refines informatics workflows and tools for analyzing and visualizing NGS data. Emphasis on visual and quantitative integration of multiple NGS modalities (i.e. RNA-Sen and ChIP-Seq).

  • Contributes to collaborative research publications. Presents regular project updates at meetings with collaborators.

  • Create, organize and maintain accurate and timely records of test results, providing information for evaluation and specific recommendations related to the direction of the research.

  • Prepare scientific reports, outcome findings and scientific manuscripts. 

  • Adapts bioinformatic tools, visualization packages, and annotation resources for research projects to independently and accurately perform research analysis.

  • Keep abreast of current literature to integrate NGS analysis pipelines.

  • Works with database and system administrators to implement and optimize methods for data input, storage, retrieval and reporting for APIs and data access portals.


Organizational Structure

Building:  Health Research Center

Department:  Surgery

Division:  Research                              

Reports to (Title):  Lab Manager

Direct Reports (Titles):  N/A                  

Collaborates with (Titles):  Postdoctoral fellows, Research Technologists

Preferred Schedule:

Position Requirements:

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

Required knowledge:

         Knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry, mathematics, statistics and data analysis is critical.

         Data utilization, complex problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and writing skills are necessary.

         Ability to communicate orally as well as in writing will be essential to collaborate with others in a team-oriented environment

         Experience in epigenetics, especially cancer-related research, would be an asset.

  • Requires experience in NGS data analysis, bringing biological meaning to data.


Minimum Required Education:         PhD in a scientific field or MD/PhD

Minimum Required Experience:       None

Field:                           Genetics, molecular biology, genomics, or a related field

About MCW
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists and health professionals; we discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical and health sciences; we provide cutting-edge, collaborative patient care of the highest quality; and we improve the health of the communities we serve.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.