This individual will focus on using high-throughput methods to study the causes and consequences of genome variation in mammals.

Essential functions

One of only three NIH-funded large-scale genome centers in the United States, the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University is a leader in genomics research as it applies to the study of biology, human disease and the field of personalized medicine. Founded in 1993, the McDonnell Genome Institute focuses on cancer genomics, the genomics of heritable diseases, microbial and pathogen genomics, as well as novel sequencing and evolutionary genomics

Our mission is to help improve the human condition by producing, studying, and interpreting high-quality genome-based data that drives biological discoveries that range from the bench to the hospital bedside. We value the open sharing of information and ideas and encourage collaboration while also engaging the next generation of scientists through educational outreach efforts.

Postdoctoral research positions in the area of Genomics and Bioinformatics are available in the laboratory of Dr. Ira Hall at the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Our group is focused on using high-throughput methods to study the causes and consequences of genome variation in mammals. Active projects address topics such as structural variation, genetic mosaicism, single cell genomics, cancer evolution, personal genome sequencing, and the development of new bioinformatic tools. As members of the McDonnell Genome Institute, we also participate in large-scale sequencing projects aimed at defining the genetic causes of human disease, and in efforts to develop and implement genome-based clinical assays.

Required qualifications

A PhD in a genomics-related field such as genetics, bioinformatics or computational biology, with a solid background in programming and/or statistics.

Preferred qualifications

The ideal candidate will be proficient in programming (Python or C++), statistical analysis packages (Matlab or R), UNIX-like operating systems and high performance computing, and will have experience analyzing large-scale genomic datasets. The ability to analyze and interpret results and produce scientific publications is required. The ability to communicate well with others and work with teams of scientists, programmers and clinicians is critical.

To apply

Please send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Dr. Ira Hall at

Salary range

The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.


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.