Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Microbiome & Epidemiology
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)


Job Info


The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) at Harvard Medical School is seeking 1-2 exceptional postdoctoral candidates to join the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit (CTEU, https://www.mghcteu.org/) at the Mongan Institute to advance investigations on the dietary, lifestyle, and environmental determinants of the human microbiome in the context of chronic gastrointestinal diseases (e.g., inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer).

The successful candidate will work day-to-day with Dr. Long H. Nguyen, an Instructor of Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and will be co-mentored by Dr. Curtis Huttenhower, Professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Broad Institute, and Dr. Andrew T. Chan, Professor of Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Chief of the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit.

He/she/they will work on population-scale microbiome (e.g., shotgun metagenomics and metatranscriptomics) projects within the Integrative Human Microbiome Project (IHMP), the Nurses' Health Studies, and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study with a particular focus on the complex interplay between dietary intake, the gut microbiome, and chronic gastrointestinal diseases, while gaining experience in computational methods and nutritional epidemiology.

Primary responsibilities

  • Implement and apply quantitative methods for analyzing epidemiologic and multi-omic data
  • Intellectually lead and develop research findings into peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Present and communicate results to group members, collaborators, and other local, national, and international scientific audiences
  • Assist with other research-related tasks as needed
  • Once well-integrated, post-doctoral scholars are strongly encouraged to propose and develop research topics of their own.


Qualifications
Qualifications
  • Candidate must be self-motivated and independent and comfortable seeking and obtaining feedback from a large, multidisciplinary team of near-peers and colleagues
  • The ability to work well in a team and to manage numerous research studies simultaneously are required
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree in biostatistics, bioinformatics, computational biology, epidemiology, public health, or related fields, or M.D. with significant (>2 years) prior research experience. Prior investigative work in the human microbiome sciences is strongly preferred
  • Programming skills (R, SAS, or Python) are required, preferably within a cluster computing environment
  • Early and promising track record of original investigative work (e.g., prior publications and conference presentations)
  • Historically underrepresented individuals in the biomedical research sciences, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply
    • This broad definition may include, but is not limited to: women or gender diverse individuals of any ethnic or racial group; those identifying as Hispanic, Black, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, or American Indian/Alaska Native; or first-generation/Low-income college/graduate students
Job benefits
  • Pay is commensurate to the post-graduate (PGY) pay-scale. An unconditional supplement from Dr. Nguyen for miscellaneous expenses may be available for qualified candidates.
  • Hospital holidays will be strictly observed and respected
  • The successful candidate will join a thriving post-doctoral/trainee community with robust support from a large cohort of near-peers in the Chan and Huttenhower labs, programmed social hours, and planned career development activities
  • Given the assembled mentorship team, the successful candidate will benefit from both day-to-day oversight from Dr. Nguyen and long-term mentorship, high-profile investigations, and increased career visibility from working with Drs. Chan and Huttenhower.
Interested candidates should submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV), the names of two references, and a cover letter to Dr. Long H. Nguyen (lnguyen24@mgh.harvard.edu). Prospective start date is flexible (immediate vs. summer 2021).

EEO Statement

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Primary Location: 100 Cambridge St. Boston, MA 02114

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Job: MD/PHD/Fellows/ PostDocs

Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

Schedule: Full-time

Standard Hours: 40

Shift: Day Job

Employee Status: Regular

Recruiting Department: MGH Gastroenterology

EEO Statement
Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.



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