Postdoctoral Associate in Statistics | Department of Mathematics

Postdoctoral Associate in Statistics

The Mathematics Department at the University of North Texas invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position in statistical genetics/genetic epidemiology, with the expected appointment to begin in Fall 2016 or later. The successful candidate will work on projects related to genome-wide association studies and next generation data analysis for common complex human diseases such as primary cancer and cancer treatment related adverse outcomes. This is a 12-month appointment with an initial annual salary of $50,000. Subject to funding availability and the candidate's satisfactory performance, the appointment can be renewed for up to two more years.

Responsibilities of this position are to develop and implement statistical/computational methods for problems arising from genome-wide association studies and next generation sequencing data analysis. Possible research projects include, but are not limited to, developing statistical methods for gene-based association analysis, gene-gene interactions, pathway- and genetic network-based analysis, disease risk prediction using genome-wide marker data, association analysis for admixed populations, analysis of copy number variations, and developing the necessary software packages. Projects can be tailored to suit the candidate's research interest and expertise. There is no expectation of teaching for this position, but opportunities exist for the candidate who would like to gather teaching experience for the purpose of professional development.

A successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in a quantitative field, such as statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, mathematics, with interest in genetics/genomics, at the time of the appointment. Candidates with doctoral degrees in genetics or related fields with strong computational and statistical expertise are also encouraged to apply.

A successful candidate should also demonstrate ability in scientific programming (preferably in R, C/C++, PERL), and ability of independent thinking and possession of excellent communication and writing skills.

The University of North Texas is ranked among the nation's top-tier research universities. With more than 37,000 students, UNT is the 33rd largest university in the U.S. As the largest, most comprehensive university in Dallas-Fort Worth, UNT drives the North Texas region. UNT offers 97 bachelor's, 88 master's and 40 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. A student-focused public research university, UNT is the flagship of the UNT System. The Department of Mathematics has about 36 faculty members, 60 graduate students, and offers degrees through the Ph.D. More information about the department can be found at

Applicants must apply online at The application must include a cover letter indicating relevant experience, current vita, unofficial transcript (official transcript required upon hire), publication reprints, a statement of research interest, and contact information for three references.

Review of applications begins July 10, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be sent to Dr. Su Gao, Professor and Chair, at The University of North Texas is an EOE/ADA/AA institution committed to diversity in its employment and educational programs, thereby creating a welcoming environment for everyone.

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