Postdoc in computational biology and genomics at the University of Puerto Rico

Postdoc in computational biology and genomics at the University of Puerto Rico

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded postdoctoral opportunity is available at the laboratory of Dr. Riccardo Papa from the Department of Biology of the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras ( The Papa’s lab is located in San Juan, the capital of the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, which provide amazing research opportunities and lifestyle. The Papa’s lab explores the genetic and epigenetic source of variation for natural selection and adaptation to work upon.  We are interested in investigating what governs patterns diversity, what limits it, and what promotes its potentials. In order to do so, I combine methods of pure genetics, phylogenetics, epigenetics, single cell genomics, developmental cell biology, and functional genomics. In addition, we will be working on studying the power of genomics and computer science to answer fundamental solicited questions in the thematic areas of SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance and single cell genomic data.

The Postdoc will be selected among applicants with strong background in computational biology and genomics and will be responsible in overseeing sample collections and debases, in safely backing up data, uploading and analyzing all the SARS-CoV-2 genomic data, and interacting with a large network of collaborators including Dr. Nathan Grubaugh ( to constantly update the interactive web page. The postdoc will also be responsible to make monthly reports for genome sequencing results. Moreover, the selected candidate will be developing analytical pipelines for single cell genomic data. This project is supported by a large network (IDeA CTR, INBRE, and COBRE) and there is huge potential for scientific and intellectual growth and development. Ample of opportunity for collaboration with local, national or international laboratory and especially with the lab of Nathan Grubaugh (


The work will focus on computational analyses using a whole-genome sequencing approach (both for the coronavirus than single cell data), thus a strong background in computational biology and genomics is required.  Able to manage and oversee sample collections and data bases and analyze genomic data from whole genome to RNA-seq and ATACp-seq.  The candidate must have a Ph.D., preferably in genomics, population genetics or computational biology. The position requires computation skills in the area of genomics. High motivation and work ethic will be necessary for data/sample collection.  

A very competitive salary between $52,000.00 and $60,000.00 per year depending on qualification plus corresponding fringe benefit will be offered.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: To apply, please submit in one PDF file: (i) one page cover letter including motivation and research interests, (ii) a CV, and (iii) contact information for two references electronically, to [email protected] and [email protected]. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Job can start as early as July 2021. 

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