Postdoctoral Research Associate – Integrative Omics

The Center for Omics Discovery and Epidemiology (CODE) in the Behavioral Health Research Division of RTI International has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate focused on integrating multiple types of omics data (such as, genomics, epigenomics, and transcriptomics) to identify biological determinants of complex human diseases, including substance use disorders and related health consequences (such as, HIV), and their interactions with environmental factors. Our research team carries out NIH-funded projects, led by Drs. Dana Hancock (CODE director) ( and Eric O. Johnson (Senior RTI Fellow) ( , using in-house and external datasets with standardized bioinformatics pipelines and high-performance computing (HPC). Ideally, the candidate will have a strong data science background and knowledge of statistical/bioinformatic methods to integrate multiple biological data types.

This position is available in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.

Responsibilities to include, but not be limited to;

  • Lead and support analyses of multiple omics data, using advanced statistical and bioinformatic methods in an HPC and cloud-based environment.
  • Apply existing methods from the field and/or develop new methods for analyzing various omic data types.
  • Assist with designing and managing new and ongoing data collection activities.
  • Collaborate with international teams of leaders in substance use disorders and HIV.
  • Publish findings in peer-reviewed journals in lead and support authorship roles.
  • Present findings at professional society and other scientific conferences.
  • Assist with submission of grant proposals.


  • Receive training and supervision from a multidisciplinary team with expertise in substance use disorders, HIV, lung function, epidemiology, human genetics, epigenetics, and bioinformatics.
  • Develop collaborations with leaders at universities and other institutions in the US and abroad.
  • Acquire training and mentorship in developing NIH proposals and establishing an independent research program.
  • Participate in RTI-sponsored and external training courses and professional development workshops.

This role is a one-year term and is renewable upon mutual agreement.

Required Qualifications/Education

  • Completed Ph.D. (or by December 2018) in Genetics/Genomics, Biostatistics/Statistical Genetics, Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, or related discipline
  • Demonstrated background in substance use disorders, HIV, or related health consequences is preferred. An interest in these topic areas is necessary.
  • Strong quantitative skills with omics data and concrete knowledge of statistical methods is required.
  • Experience with an HPC environment and computer programming skills in R or Python is required. Cloud computing experience and familiarity with Linux is preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are required.
  • Ability to manage multiple project tasks simultaneously is required.
  • To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.