Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Computational Biology/Bioinformatics/Genomics Big Data

University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School
Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
United States MA Worcester


The research goal of the Chan Zhou Lab ( ; is to understand genomics, epigenomics, noncoding RNAs and gene regulation from basic sciences towards precision medicine of human disease through computational and big data-driven approaches. We entail the development of new computational algorithms, statistical/quantitative methods, and combining cutting-edge bioinformatics technologies to process various types/platforms of sequencing data (including second and third generation sequencing and single cell sequencing data) to make biomedical discoveries.

The lab member will benefit from collaboration with world-class biologists and physicians from UMass and Harvard medical area, MIT and other prestigious institutes. To ensure the success of career development of our lab member, Dr. Zhou will tailor Lab member’ trainings to meet the career goals of individual lab member.

The Zhou lab is located in the Albert Sherman Center of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The Sherman center is a vibrant research environment with close links to top biomedical research institutes, hospitals, biotechnology companies across the greater Boston area and worldwide. The 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best graduate school names UMass Medical School among the top 10 percent nationwide among 144 medical schools. The main campus of UMass Medical School locates at Worcester, the suburb of the greater Boston area.


• Ph.D. in computational biology, bioinformatics, computer science, applied mathematics, statistics, biophysics, engineering, biological sciences or related field. Ph.D. candidates anticipating thesis defense are encouraged to apply for hire after completion of Ph.D.
• Experience in method development (e.g. Machine learning, mathematical/statistical modeling, and AI) and/or analysis of high-throughput sequencing data is preferred
• Working knowledge of molecular biology and sequencing technologies
• Proficiency with Unix/Linux shell and at least one of the following programming languages: C, C++, Python, Perl or R.
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• Previous record of independent research with first-/co-author publications.
• Able to work both independently and in teams
• Excellent teamwork and time management with the ability to meet deadlines and multi-task across multiple research projects.

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

Please email Chan Zhou (chan DOT zhou AT umassmed DOT edu) with your cover letter (including previous research experiences and future research interests) and CV (including a list of publication, computational skills, and a list of at least 3 referee).


Please contact Chan Zhou (chan DOT zhou AT umassmed DOT edu)