Current Vacancy

Systems Genetics Postdoctoral Fellow Position

The Organization

The Laboratory of Systems Genetics at NHLBI was established under the Earl Stadtman Investigator program, designed to facilitate high-risk, high-impact research. The research of the group and its members is supported by the collaborative and interdisciplinary NIH intramural program and state-of-the-art high-performance computing, high-throughput sequencing, proteomics, bioinformatics, and other core facilities.

The laboratory uses systems genetics approaches to study genetic variation in sleep and circadian rhythms in natural populations of Drosophila. The lab is currently pursuing several projects designed to uncover the relationship between molecular polymorphisms, transcripts, and sleep phenotypes in order to understand the interaction of gene networks with environmental changes affecting sleep/circadian rhythms, and to identify gene networks for these behaviors that are conserved across species. These efforts require proficiency in quantitative and statistical genetics.

About You

Interested candidates must have received a Ph.D. within the past five years (or anticipate receiving their degree in the near future) in quantitative genetics, statistical genetics, biostatistics, or a related discipline and be highly motivated to participate in and design independent, innovative research projects. An established ability to conduct or support research in systems or quantitative genetics is required, as evidenced by published articles in peer-reviewed journals. Excellent communication skills and fluency in both written and spoken English are essential. The candidate will be supported with an excellent intramural NIH fellowship in a stimulating and interactive research environment at NIH.


Please email a single .pdf document that includes a cover letter indicating preferred start date and a statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for at least three references to: Dr. Susan T. Harbison at