Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Bethesda, Maryland
Oct 13, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

We are currently searching for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow  to provide services to satisfy the overall operational objectives of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. This opportunity is full-time, and it is on site in Bethesda, MD.


Duties & Responsibilities
  • Work with LSGP staff and NHLBI Bioinformatics core on the analysis of big data (whole genome sequencing, RNA-sequencing) and modeling approaches, tools, processes, and best practices.
  • Provide expert advice and support for LSGP in developing computational tools that aid in machine learning of the existing data, and in strategizing the efficient ways of analyzing this data.
  • Identify, recommend, develop, and implement data science and predictive analytics methodologies in support of LSGP’s goal of developing a predictive risk score for Sickle Cell Disease patients.
  • Support the implementation of data science tools and applications, including scripting in Python and Jupityr Notebooks to enhance analytical capabilities and automate repeated analyses.
  • Oversee implementation of recommendations, including development of mathematical, analytical, statistical constructs and models. Develop comprehensive documentation of modeling approaches and processes.
  • Support the establishment, maintenance, and oversight of data governance standards for applicable systems.
  • Develop new cutting-edge or prototype experimental designs to probe specific molecular interactions that can provide new structural or dynamic information that can lead to the understanding of the biological function of the molecules being studied.
  • Maintain and prepare data analyses pipelines and software on repositories such as GitHub.
  • Review latest literature and keep up to date on latest computational algorithms and tools that may be beneficial for LSGP data analyses projects. Author publications on the identification of novel approaches for data analyses.
  • Independently direct and conduct special research projects that have a high priority for the laboratory with special emphasis in the development of novel computational tools in handling large datasets of sickle cell disease and other hemoglobinopathies.
  • Provide scientific and technical expertise to all visiting fellows, post-docs, post-bacc students, and technicians. Provide advice and guidance in their day-to-day activities.
  • Collaborate with the lab staff in planning, coordinating, and reviewing the laboratory’s programs, resources and activities. Participate in the laboratory’s review of future proposals for resource allocations.
  • Design and conduct experiments requiring the application of a broad professional knowledge of mathematical and statistical models, scientific theories and principles.
  • Help and advice on evaluation and interpretation of research results from basic and pre-clinical studies.
  • Manage LSGP’s sequence data and resources, including acquisition, documentation, and storage of large data sets.
  • Assist the lab staff in the creation and preparation of a variety of documents required by the lab’s scientific activities (e.g., documentation for computational analyses for publications, reports, and sharing with collaborators).
  • Review, edit, and as needed, write first drafts of papers, posters and manuscripts produced within the laboratory for consistency of the research agenda, adherence to any applicable scientific policies, and clarity of presentation of data and other scientific information. Present research findings at international and national professional Conferences and Meetings.



  • Ph.D. degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Three (3) years of specialized experience plus a Master’s degree is equivalent to a Ph.D. Five (5) years of specialized experience plus a Bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a Ph.D.
  • Expertise in state-of-the-art technologies for Biomedical Research and Computational Biology.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and time-management skills.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate high-priority short- and long-term projects and studies in a fast-paced environment.


Company Description

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The Dovel Family of Companies offers employees an opportunity to advance beyond a specific role or contract, we offer a path to develop an enriching career. We believe in empowering a culture of innovation, customer success, and employee growth. 


What you’ll get…

  • Time Off! Flexible schedules and company paid holidays allow you to take the time you need.
  • Investment in YOU! 401(K) company contributions are yours to keep with no waiting period.
  • Choices! Unique healthcare plans to choose from with options like fertility and orthodontia benefits.
  • Discovery! With our tuition assistance and training programs, we support your career advancement.
  • Tax Savings! Enroll in pre-tax Health or Dependent Care Flexible Spending, HSA with company contributions, parking, and/or transit commuter benefits.
  • Support! Working parents and busy professionals – we’ve got you covered with a supportive culture, confidential Employee Assistance Program and a membership to
  • Perks! Employee discounts, peer recognition programs, company-wide wellness challenges, and fun community events.
  • A Voice! A unique culture where you can influence decisions and have your voice heard.




We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.