Post-doctoral fellow-Saxena Lab

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The Saxena Laboratory in the Center for Genomic Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School, is seeking highly motivated post-doctoral fellow candidates to lead research projects investigating the impact of human genetic variation on sleep disorders and links to chronic disease using human genetic, functional genomic and/or sleep/circadian molecular biology approaches.

Our research group uses human genetics and complementary strategies to: (1) identify the genetic basis of normal and disordered sleep and circadian rhythms;(2) reveal mechanistic links between sleep/circadian rhythms and type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases; (3) ascertain fetal and maternal genetic risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes. The position at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, together with access to the Broad Institute genomics research community, and Harvard Division of Sleep Medicine offer an unparalleled opportunity for developing postdocs as researchers in a stimulating and highly collaborative training environment at the forefront of human genetic research and its application to sleep, circadian rhythm and related diseases. The new hire will be appointed as a Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Post-Doc at the Harvard Medical School.


Large-scale functional genomic and human genetic analyses to prioritize genes at loci for sleep and circadian phenotypes

Performing molecular and genetic analyses in patient tissues and cells and collaborative research with researchers in other model organisms

Developing novel methodologies, including single cell-based methods, for refining molecular/genetic analyses

Preparation of written data reports, including methodology, figure preparations, written description of the study in the form of manuscripts and/or progress reports

Disseminate results via conferences and journal publication



A Ph.D. in human genetics, sleep and circadian molecular and cellular biology, functional genomics and/or  computational biology.

Experience with commonly used bioinformatics tools and databases

Curiosity and willingness to learn new computational and/or experimental tools to advance research hypotheses

First (or co-first) author of one or more peer-reviewed scientific publications

Excellent English verbal and written communication skills

Able to work both independently and in a team



Minimum Required:  Doctoral Degree




Required: Recent PhD graduate



The fellow will be situated in the Saxena lab research area in the CGM allowing collaboration with other computational biology and experimental research investigators in the lab and department; they will also have access to the molecular biology lab/cell culture facilities.

Interested applicants should submit their CV and contacts for references to Richa Saxena, PhD

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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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