Postdoc in Single Cell Cancer Genomics

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Medicine (Division of Oncology)
United States MO Saint Louis


A postdoctoral scholar position in the area of Single Cell Cancer Genomics is available in the laboratory of Dr. Allegra Petti in the Division of Oncology and the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. We use computational approaches to analyze, integrate, and interpret large-scale genomic data — with an emphasis on single-cell RNA-sequencing data — to better understand heterogeneity and gene regulatory networks in human cancer. We participate in long-term, data-rich collaborations with established labs at Wash. U., in which quantitative analysis is closely integrated with clinical studies and molecular biology. The postdoctoral scholar will be involved in projects that address topics such as intratumoral expression heterogeneity and tumor evolution in AML, and the interplay of genetic, epigenetic, and immunological heterogeneity in solid tumors. Opportunities to initiate and lead projects, as well as to participate in ongoing group projects, are plentiful.

Primary duties and responsibilities:
- Implement and develop statistical methods and automated pipelines to analyze and visualize high throughput sequencing data, particularly single-cell and bulk gene expression data.
- Integrate genetic and epigenetic information about tumor samples, including mutation, gene expression, and methylation data.
- Perform and develop integrated pathway and gene network analyses related to cancer.
- Evaluate and design experimental plans for sequencing-based projects studying the genetic basis of cancer.
- Analyze and interpret results, read the literature, communicate with collaborators, and produce scientific publications.

Environment: The postdoc will work in a highly collaborative environment, involving extensive interaction with computational biologists, programmers, molecular biologists, clinicians, and other faculty in the Division of Oncology and the McDonnell Genome Institute.

Salary range: The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit the Human Resources postdoctoral benefits page for more information.

EOE statement: Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women, ethnic minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Required qualifications: A doctoral degree in computational biology, bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, applied math, biology, or a related field, with a solid background in programming and machine learning/statistics, is required.

Preferred qualifications: The successful candidate will be self-motivated, adept at critical thinking, collaborative, and eager to acquire new knowledge and skills on a regular basis. The ability to analyze and interpret results, communicate with others, and produce scientific publications is essential.

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

Please send a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to Allegra Petti at


Allegra Petti