Postdoc fellow or Ph.D. Candidate in Bioinformatics

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Informatics Institute
United States Alabama Birmingham


Job Summary

Two NIH funded post-doctoral positions or multiple graduate positions are available in Dr. Zechen Chong's Laboratory ( ) in the Informatics Institute at the University of Alabama - Birmingham. We are seeking passionate and motivated Bioinformatics geeks to join the team. The positions for postdocs are for 2-3 years with possible extension. Graduate students will follow the UAB GBS/GGB theme procedure. Project will depend on the interests and abilities of the applicant. Our projects mainly fall into two categories: one is the development of efficient algorithms/tools for analyzing sequencing data from third generation sequencing platforms; the other is the application of the tools to discover novel biological insights.

About UAB School of Medicine

The School of Medicine is made up of nearly 800 students and more than 900 residents and 1,400 full-time faculty in 27 academic departments. We are the home of The Kirklin Clinic, a multi-disciplinary medical home; University Hospital, one of the largest academic hospitals in the country; and our faculty serve the Children's of Alabama hospital. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) traces its roots to the 1859 founding of the Medical College of Alabama.

UAB School of Medicine ranked consistently within the 30th place for research in US Best Medical Schools. In 2018, the School of Medicine led the way with ~$233 million in grant funding, which ranked in the 21st place on the list of all US Medical schools. Six more SOM departments placed in the top 20. Both the Department of Urology and the Department of Pathology ranked 12th, followed by the Department of Genetics at 13th. The Departments of Medicine and Neurology were 17th on their respective lists, while the Department of Pediatrics came in at 18th.

The School of Medicine is dedicated to excellence in the education of physicians and scientists in all of the disciplines of medicine and biomedical investigation for careers in practice, teaching, and research. Central to this educational mission are the provision of outstanding medical care and services and the enhancement of new knowledge through clinical and basic biomedical research. We embrace the University of Alabama at Birmingham's commitment to creating an inclusive environment that values differing perspectives and experiences. This diversity is essential to fulfilling the enduring mission of our medical school.

The School of Medicine will be recognized by its faculty, students, graduates and patients and by faculty members in other schools of medicine and research universities as one of the nation's premier institutions for research, training and patient care. Excellence in each of its primary missions—education, clinical care, and basic, translational and clinical research—is essential to this recognition.


- Ph.D. in genomics, bioinformatics, computer science, cloud computing, physics, mathematics, genetics, etc. with a general background in computational biology.
- Strong skills in algorithm design and data analysis, experience in next-generation and/or third-generation sequencing data is a plus.
- Demonstrated related research achievements.

Graduate students:
- UAB School of Medicine GBS program application requirements:
- Highly motivated in research
- Strong undergraduate academic records
- relevant bioinformatics research experience
- Strong programming skills
- Good written and spoken English

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply



Zechen Chong