A postdoctoral position is available immediately in Soojin Yi’s lab at the School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Tech. The initial focus of the postdoctoral researcher will be an exciting ongoing project integrating evolution, epigenomics and neuroscience. Specifically, we are pursuing a large-scale comparative neuro-epigenomic analysis of primates and epigenomics of brains from unique primate cohorts. Even though the main activities of the postdoctoral researcher will consist of computational and bioinformatics analyses, she/he will also have opportunities to design and participate in the laboratory experiments according to her/his interests. In addition, as a member of our friendly, collaborative, and international lab group, the postdoctoral researcher will be able to pursue her/his specific research interests. Members of the Yi lab have diverse research interests in evolutionary and comparative genomics and epigenomics across taxa.
Examples of relevant publications include:
Jeong, H., Mendizabal, I., Berto, S., Chatterjee, P., Layman, T., Usui, N., Toriumi, K., Douglas, C., Singh, D., Huh, I., Preuss, T. M., Konopka, G., and Yi. S. V. 2020. Cell-type and cytosine context-specific evolution of DNA methylation in the human brain. Biorxiv. [full text]
Berto*, I. Mendizabal*,N. Usui*, K. Toriumi*, P. Chatterjee, C. Douglas, C. Tamminga, T. M. Preuss, Yi. S. V.# G. Konopka#, 2019. Accelerated evolution of oligodendrocytes in human brain. PNAS, 116: 24334-24342. [full text]
Mendizabal*, S. Berto*, N. Usui*, K. Toriumi*, Jeong, H., P. Chatterjee, I. Huh, T. Layman, C. Douglas, C. Tamminga, T. M. Preuss, G. Konopka#, Yi. S. V.# 2019. Cell type-specific epigenetic links to schizophrenia risk in the brain. Genome Biology, 20: 135 [full text]
Mendizabal, I., Shi, L., Keller, T. E, Konopka, G., Preuss, T. M., Hsieh, T.-F., Hu, E., Zhang, Z., Su, B., and Yi, S. V. 2016. Comparative Methylome Analyses Identify Epigenetic Regulatory Loci of Human Brain Evolution. Mol. Biol. Evol., 33: 2947-2959. [full text]
Keller, T. E., and Yi, S. V. 2014. DNA Methylation and Evolution of Duplicate Genes. PNAS, 111: 5932-5937. [full text]
We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with a research interest/focus on genomics and regulatory evolution. Qualifications include 1) a Ph.D. in evolution, genetics, neuroscience, computer science, statistics, or related field; 2) experience/ability in genomic data analyses (Python/R programming, proficiency with public databases); 3) ability to independently write/present scientific manuscripts. In addition to the comparative brain epigenomics project mentioned above, there are many opportunities to participate in other projects in the lab studying diverse systems.
The Yi lab is a part of the Bioinformatics, Quantitative Biosciences, and Bio-E graduate programs and the postdoctoral researcher will have ample opportunity to interact with diverse faculty members with expertise in computational/experimental genomics and bioengineering. Georgia Tech is located in midtown Atlanta, a vibrant area with tremendous cultural diversity. Atlanta is in close proximity to the Smoky Mountains/Appalachian Trail, and also the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Coasts. The Yi lab has several collaborative projects with faculty members at nearby Emory University, as well. Applicants who are members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Interested and qualified individuals should send a CV with names of three references and a cover letter to Soojin Yi (email@example.com).