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Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Postdoctoral Fellow

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Molecular and Cellular Biology / Computational Biology

Position Description

The team of Dr. Elena Rivas has an NSF -funded postdoctoral position available for up to 3 years, in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. We are seeking postdocs in computational biology working at the interface of probabilistic and evolutionary models interested in remote homology problems.

The research project aims to bring homology detection to the next level by integrating probabilistic evolutionary models in order to transfer the learned homology models trained on present-day data into the realm of unseen remote homology or to reconstruct ancestral sequences. By tuning to more divergence, the evolved models may reveal new homologs that cannot be detected by current models expanding the phylogenetic range of a gene; and synthesized divergent sequences may suggest homologies that should be there, but they are not, thus revealing clade-specific genes. Conversely, reconstruction and comparison of ancestral amino acid sequences may reveal homologies that cannot be detected in present-day proteins establishing homologies between currently assumed disconnected protein families.

The position is available any time after July 1, 2022.

Basic Qualifications

A Ph.D. is required. Optimal candidates will have an understanding of probabilistic and evolutionary models for genomics, as well as a solid coding background. Candidates are also expected to carry an independent research program, as there will be ample room for following their own ideas. Candidates from diverse and non-traditional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Additional Qualifications

Special Instructions

Letters of recommendation are not required at the time of application, however letters will be collected for finalists. Candidates should submit with their application contact information for two to three references from experts at the ladder faculty ranks or highly accomplished senior researchers from corporations or research institutes.

Please include the following items as part of your application:

  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Name and contact information for 3 references.

Alternatively, you may send your cover letter, CV, and the names of 3 references directly to Dr. Rivas at:

Contact Information

Dr. Elena Rivas

Northwest Lab Building

52 Oxford Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

Debra Maddalena (Administrator)

Contact Email

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 3


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