Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Edson Foundation


ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center at Arizona State University


Tempe, Arizona

Principal Investigator

Ben Readhead


Application Instructions: Applicants are responsible for including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three professional references in the application through the Interfolio website, Emailed applications will not be accepted.

Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. They will continue on a biweekly basis until the position is filled.


The Edson postdoctoral research scholar will have a primary mentor in the NDRC, but will have the opportunity to collaborate with other investigators. The selected candidate will work on projects utilizing highly dimensional genomic data, especially next-generation sequencing data for multilevel “omics” data analyses, with a focus on the identification of genes/drug targets implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, especially Alzheimer’s disease. 

Essential Duties:

  • Write and optimize computational pipelines (scripts) for whole genome/exome sequencing, RNA-seq, and/or microarray.
  • Organize, prepare and analyze data; develop hypotheses to be tested and ways of testing it.
  • Prepare and present the results of research, in scientific conferences and journals.
  • Assist with grant preparation and reporting.
  • A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. by May 31, 2020, in bioinformatics, genomics, computational biology, biostatistics, epidemiology, or related field to be considered.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with Linux/Unix-based systems, developing shell scripts/command-line interface, demonstrable experience in large-scale data analysis and utilization of high-performance computing systems.
  • Formal training/experience in analyzing next-generation sequencing (NGS) or microarray data for gene expression, genotyping, or epigenetics.
  • Experience with scientific computing and data-visualization tools and scripting languages such as Python/Perl/R/Matlab, and understanding of intermediate level of statistics.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience in genomic data analysis of neurodegenerative diseases is desired but not required.