Company:  Confidential

Job Title: Postdoctoral Associate, Division of Human Genetics in Psychiatry

Job Number: 66739

Location: NEW HAVEN, US

Job Description

POSTDOC POSITION, YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DIVISION OF HUMAN GENETICS IN PSYCHIATRY for a highly motivated graduate student to join a productive research group, the Gelernter Lab, working on the genetics of psychiatric illness – especially posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and related traits. Work will focus on (a) genetics of posttraumatic stress disorder, suicidality, substance use disorders, and many related psychiatric traits in the uniquely-informative Million Veteran Program dataset; and (b) Psychiatric Genomics Consortium projects including substance use disorder genetics, and (c) studies in non-European populations to increase our understanding of genetics of psychiatric traits in diverse populations. Projects include a study of methamphetamine genetics in Thailand; a training project in collaboration with several Thai institutions; a VA-funded, Million Veteran Program-affiliated project in the genetics of PTSD and related traits; studies of epigenetics of psychiatric traits; and studies of whole genome sequence in psychiatric traits. A study newly funded by NIDA will concentrate on cannabis use genetics and PRS prediction of response to THC in a laboratory paradigm. Through these and several other current projects, we have access to large datasets including the Million Veteran Program and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. The ideal candidate should hold an MD or PhD, and have a strong background in human genetics and/or statistics, including knowledge of genomewide methods, such as GWAS and post-GWAS analysis; and comfort with bioinformatics. The candidate should also be able to work cooperatively with peers at Yale and with many other collaborators nationally and internationally; and be able to bring research to publication. Our highly collaborative research division faculty includes Dr Gelernter, and also Drs Renato Polimanti, Daniel Levey, Janitza Montalvo-Ortiz, and Hang Zhou (all prior Gelernter Lab trainees). Start date is flexible. Applicants should preferably have US citizenship or permanent residency. Please send application (including CV and contact information for at least three references) by email to Prof. Joel Gelernter (click the Apply button for email).

More information about our work is available at the lab website,

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and members of minority groups.

Application Deadline: 2024-04-02


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