Postdoctoral opening in computational genetics for eye diseases in 2023 Summer

Postdoctoral opening in computational genetics for eye diseases in 2023 Summer

May 14 2023

A postdoctoral position is available in Harvard Ophthalmology Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab ( and Ocular Genomics Institute ( under the supervision of Dr. Nazlee Zebardast ( and Dr. Janey Wiggs ( at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School. The start date is flexible, with a preference for candidates capable of starting in Summer 2023. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary for the postdoctoral fellow will follow the NIH guideline commensurate with years of postdoctoral research experience.

The postdoc will collaborate with a team of world-class scientists and clinicians with backgrounds in ophthalmology, biostatistics, genomics, and computer science. The postdoc will work with and analyze genotype array, whole exome and whole genome sequencing data using existing and custom-built tools to perform association testing of common and rare variants and build and test genetic risk scores for common eye diseases. The postdoc will have access to abundant resources for education, career development and research both from the Harvard hospital campus and Harvard University campus.

The successful applicant will:

  • possess or be on track to complete a PhD or MD with background in mathematics, statistical genetics, computational science, computer science, statistics, machine learning, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, visual science and ophthalmology or a related field. Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.
  • have strong programming skills (C++, Python, R, MATLAB, etc.) and in-depth understanding of statistics.
  • have experience with Unix/Linux environments, including shell scripting, is required.
  • have research experience with large-scale data analysis is required. Having background in statistical genetics is a plus.
  • have a strong and productive publication record.
  • have strong work ethic and time management skills along with the ability to work independently and within a multidisciplinary team as required.

Your application should include:

  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of past research accomplishments, career goal and how this position will help you achieve your goals
  • 2 representative publications
  • representative code repository
  • contact information for 3 references

The application should be sent to Nazlee Zebardast via email (nazlee_zebardast at with subject “Postdoctoral Application in Harvard Ophthalmology AI Lab and Ocular Genomics Institute".