Doctoral Fellowship in Socioeconomic Status and the Regulation of the Genome
University of Zurich Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
Switzerland

Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

Post Doctoral Fellowship

100 %

The Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development is a scientific center at the University of Zurich focused on youth development. The Center is a joint venture between the University of Zurich and the Jacobs Foundation. We are dedicated to interdisciplinary, developmental research that will ultimately improve the lives of young people. Our researchers come from the fields of economics, psychology, and sociology. We also collaborate with scientists from additional disciplines in our efforts to best understand the first decades of life.

Your responsibilities

Prof. Mike Shanahan at the University of Zurich invites applications for a Post Doctoral Fellowship position (for up to 4 years) with a strong interest in the interplay among context, behavior, and gene expression.

The position is part of the research project "Socioeconomic status and the regulation of the genome" funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The main goal of this project is to use data from the US, the Netherlands, and Switzerland to examine how education, income, and occupation are correlated with gene expression patterns (mRNA abundance levels), as well as the mechanisms that might explain these correlations.

This position will focus on data collected in the US (as part of Add Health) and, to a lesser degree, in the Netherlands (as part of the National Twin Register). The main goal of this positionis to develop models that examine correlations among socioeconomic status and gene expression profiles, as well as possible mediating mechanisms. The PhD candidate will work as part of an international team that includes a statistician, data analyst, a specialist in social genomics, and Prof. Mike Shanahan, the Lead Investigator.

Your profile

PhD (discipline is open) with strong quantitative training. Working knowledge of transcriptomic data and bioinformatics is a plus, as is a solid background in R. Strong methodological knowledge and skills, good command of English (German is also "a plus"), and interest in pursuing an academic career. The successful candidate should have excellent teamwork skills and be interested in going beyond disciplinary boundaries. Energy, focus, and critical thinking are assets.

What we offer

Research environment:
We offer work in an interdisciplinary, international, and collegial environment located at Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development, the University of Zurich. In addition, some travel funds are available each year to visit national and international conferences or attend workshops.

Place of work

Zurich Oerlikon

Start of employment

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The position will start 1 May 2021.
Applications should include:
(i) a cover letter that relates the applicants' experience and interests to the project
(ii) a comprehensive CV
(iii) a copy of the PhD dissertation
(iv) the names and contact information of at least two references.
(v) candidates for the position are additionally required to submit an R code sample (URL or attachment).

Please send the documents in one PDF file to Prof. Michael Shanahan

Further information

Prof. Dr. Michael Shanahan

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