Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Parkinson’s Disease Genetics

Are you an early career geneticist/data scientist/analyst with strong bioinformatics affinity? This is an outstanding opportunity to work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Aging (National Institutes of Health) and the Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program (GP2).

We are looking for a highly motivated and collaborative candidate interested in studying the field of Parkinson’s genetics by implementing genome-wide genetic analyses methods to identify novel genes and risk loci associated with Parkinson’s disease etiology. The Laboratory of Neurogenetics employs a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to the study of familial and sporadic forms of Parkinson’s disease in close collaboration with the Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program. The successful candidate will leverage available data to identify causative mutations and variants associated with disease risk, progression and subtyping across different populations. The candidate will support data analysis for the GP2 complex disease data analysis working group and will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with scientists contributing to GP2 from around the globe.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s Federal medical research agency in the United Stated for conducting and supporting medical research. The NIH Intramural Research Program (IRTA) has one of the largest postdoc populations in the nation.


To be eligible for postdoctoral training in the NIH IRP, individuals must hold a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DDS, or the equivalent) and have no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of their most recent doctoral degree. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are appointed to Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Awards (IRTAs); citizens of other nations are appointed as Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Awards – Visiting Fellows.


  • PhD in genomics/genetics/statistics or similar field

  • Previous working experience in bioinformatics, data and computer science, statistics, or similar

  • Experience in working on cloud computing platforms (i.e GCP,

  • Solid skills in R/Python/bash programming, and genetics softwares (plink, gcta)

  • Experience with next generation sequencing data analyses

  • Strong communication skills that will enable effective participation in an interdisciplinary team of data analysts and geneticists

  • Enthusiasm for building a diverse and inclusive research community

  • Ability to conduct independent research


The stipends for postdoctoral trainees at the NIH are adjusted yearly; with supplements for prior experience, multiple degrees, and expertise in areas of current interest to the NIH such as mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and bioinformatics. For details, see the Trainee Stipends, at the OITE page. Note that stipends for Postdoc IRTAs and Visiting Fellows are identical. Benefits include health insurance for the trainee and his/her family, and support for coursework related to the trainee’s research and travel to meetings is often available. In addition, the NIH Fellows Committee (FelCom) and the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) sponsor a wide range of career development and social activities.


  • An interesting and challenging task in a research center that works on the future topics of health research

  • An international environment characterized by a strong focus on science and research

  • Targeted personnel development

  • A position, initially temporary limited to two years (extension is possible)

Interested candidates should provide the following documents: cover letter, CV and up to three relevant references.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

For further information contact Sara Bandres Ciga – [email protected]