Immediate Opening for Post-doc for Mega-Analysis on DNAm
The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU), based in the Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM), and Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), is seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates with expertise/interests in epigenetics for a post-doc opening to begin as early as December 2018. Working with a multidisciplinary team under the direction of principal investigator Dr. Erin C. Dunn (www.thedunnlab.com)at MGH, applicants will contribute to a newly funded project focused on integrating longitudinal data with insights from genetics, epigenetics, and human development to characterize the causes and consequences of DNA methylation (DNAm) at birth, as well as during childhood and adolescence. Our overarching goal is to identify possible prenatal and postnatal sensitive periods in development, or life stages when the brain is highly plastic and experience, including stress exposure, can impart more enduring effects on risk for depression. Our highly collaborative and dynamic research environment includes scientists and trainees at MGH, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The post-doc’s responsibilities will involve working with individual-level data from a recently formed global consortium to perform epigenome-wide association analyses (EWAS) and implement several methods, including: causal inference approaches, statistical mediation, and Mendelian Randomization. The post-doc will function as a high-level contributor, coordinator, and team member in this work, with numerous opportunities for interactions with investigators from across the world.
Candidates with backgrounds in multiple disciplines, including but not limited to epidemiology, genetics, and epigenetics are encouraged to apply. This is a highly unique opportunity for someone seeking an interdisciplinary experience to work with a large collection of epigenetic, genetic, and rich phenotypic data while receiving outstanding team-based mentorship. To apply, please send a single email containing your CV and a brief statement describing your qualifications for this position to Dr. Erin C. Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immediate Opening for Research Fellow for Wet- and Dry-Lab Studies on the Use of Teeth as Markers of Stress Exposure and Risk for Mental Health Problems
The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU), based in the Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM), and Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), is seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates for an immediate post-doc opening. Working with a multidisciplinary team of investigators under the overall direction of Dr. Erin C. Dunn (www.thedunnlab.com) at MGH, applicants will contribute to a new set of projects exploring the use of shed primary teeth as novel biomarkers of exposure to stress and subsequent risk for mental health problems. The post-doc’s responsibilities may include wet-lab and dry-lab work, including: designing the workflow processes to acquire laboratory measures of tooth-based indicators, implementing or overseeing the implementation of these laboratory procedures to construct tooth-based measures, acquiring data from epidemiological cohorts with tooth-based measures, running quantitative analyses, and disseminating findings through presentation and publication manuscripts. Candidates with backgrounds in multiple disciplines, including but not limited to epidemiology, genetics, medical anthropology, anthropological archeology, dentistry, biology, and/or public health are encouraged to apply. Our team is highly collaborative and includes epidemiologists, dentists, anthropologists, neuroscientists, pediatricians, and biologists. This is a highly unique opportunity for someone seeking an interdisciplinary experience to identify novel biomarkers, work across several cutting-edge projects, and receive outstanding team-based mentorship.
To apply, send a CV/resume and brief email introduction, indicating skills, training, and interests to: Dr. Erin C. Dunn, Assistant Professor, Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital: email@example.com
We are always open to inquiries from individuals wishing to join the lab. In general, we are looking for people who have strong statistical skills and capacity to work with large epidemiological datasets. We are also open to working with those who have a good quantitative background, are highly motivated, and able to quickly learn new statistical techniques. Most importantly, we are looking for team players who are curious, interested in interdisciplinary approaches, and deeply passionate about finding ways to prevent mental illness.
To apply, email your CV and a brief letter of interest to Dr. Dunn.