Postdoctoral Candidate (Zheng Lab)

Lab: Dr. Zheng
Hours: Full time
Position Status: Open

Job Description:

Bioinformatics postdoctoral fellow and a scientific programmer position are available in Dr. Siyuan Zheng’s lab at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (Greehey CCRI), UT Health San Antonio. Our research is focused on understanding the genome of adult and pediatric cancer. We are particularly interested in the role of telomere during malignant transformation. This program is built on our previous publications (Barthel et al. Nat Genet, 2017; Zheng et al. Cancer Cell, 2016) and offers promising follow up projects. The candidates will have the opportunity to leverage public resources such as TCGA and TARGET, and will have access to a large collection of in-house genomic data being generated at the Greehey CCRI. Our institute provides a multidisciplinary and collegial academic environment, led by Dr. Peter Houghton, and convenient access to the sequencing core facility. More information about our lab can be found at

Responsibility and Requirements:

The candidates are expected to lead multiple research projects, perform data analysis, report progress in conferences, and write manuscripts. The candidates must have a PhD or MD degree in a related field (bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, genome science). A strong computational background with experience in at least one programing language (e.g. R, Python, Java, Perl) and Linux working environment is required. Experience working with TCGA, ICGC, COSMIC, 1000 Genomes, ENCODE, GTEx, or ExAC, or other large-scale sequencing data analysis is highly preferred. Candidates are also expected to have some basic understanding of cancer biology. Two first author publications in peer-reviewed journals are a minimum requirement.

For the programmer position, no publication is required, but a master degree in computer science, electric engineering, bioinformatics, or a related discipline is a must. Experience in python and R is strongly preferred.


Interested applicants for postdoc positions should send a cover letter describing past research experience/skills and future research interests/plans, a curriculum vitae and the contact information of three references to Dr. Siyuan Zheng. Programmer position applicants should send a curriculum vitae to the same address. In the email title please state which position is being applied for.

Application deadline:

Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments, starting at NIH pay scale. Information about the comprehensive benefits package can be found at

UT Health San Antonio is one component of the 14 institutions comprising The University of Texas System and is the largest university health science center in South Texas. Formerly known as the Cancer Therapy & Research Center, the UT Health Cancer Center is one of only four National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in Texas. The Greehey CCRI is dedicated to developing more effective and less toxic therapies for children afflicted by cancer.

Situated at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, San Antonio is the nation’s seventh-largest city and offers a rich, multi-cultural community with a thriving bioscience industry.

All Postdoctoral appointments are designated as security-sensitive positions. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities.



Since 2004, UT Health San Antonio, Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute’s (Greehey CCRI) mission has been to advance scientific knowledge relevant to childhood cancer, contribute to the understanding of its causes, and accelerate the translation of knowledge into novel therapies. Through discovery, development, and dissemination of new scientific knowledge, Greehey CCRI strives to have a national and global impact on childhood cancer. Our mission consists of three key areas — research, clinical, and education.

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