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Funded postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Shawn Burgess, Ph.D., within the Translational and Functional Genomics Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Position Description

The focus of the Burgess lab is on the genetics and functional genomics of tissue regeneration and wound healing with an emphasis on hearing regeneration in zebrafish. There are multiple projects available to pursue involving genetic analysis with high-throughput mutagenesis approaches, computational analysis of genomic data at multiple levels of genome organization, and cross-species genome assembly and analysis. Most experiments involve aquatic vertebrates, but mammalian and invertebrate projects will also be considered within the context of regeneration.

NHGRI has multiple core facilities including support for bioinformatics, microscopy, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, and transgenic mouse and zebrafish cores, allowing for broad opportunities and wide latitude in the design and pursuit of research questions. NHGRI (and the wider NIH campus) also provides extensive opportunities for career development by providing a wide array of training opportunities and graduate level classes on a variety of topics. The NHGRI intramural program is on the Bethesda, Maryland, campus, a vibrant research community of over 1,000 independent research labs. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

Salary will be commensurate with research experience.


Successful candidates should have or be very close to obtaining a doctorate degree and have fewer than two years of postdoctoral experience. Applicants should have comfort with some area of molecular biology, microscopy, genetics and genomics. Experience with zebrafish is a plus but not essential. Interest in and experience with computational approaches is also a plus. The successful candidate should possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills and have fluency in both spoken and written English.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit their curriculum vitae, cover letter, and names and contact information for three referees to Shawn Burgess, Ph.D., at burgess@mail.nih.gov.

Position is available immediately and will stay open until filled.

Last updated: December 2, 2021