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Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas
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Date Posted 01/13/2018
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Working Title

Postdoctoral Fellow

Classification Title

Post Doctoral Fellow

Position Number


Hours Per Week



Pathology & Lab Medicine

Campus Location

Kansas City Metro

Student Position


Position Summary

Reporting to the assistant director of clinical molecular laboratory, the position will develop and maintain bioinformatics pipelines (NGS data alignment, variant calling, variant annotation), robust systems for managing and reporting NGS results (variant interpreting, data mining, clinical report generating). This position will also provide support to develop, improve and manage software user interfaces, troubleshoot hardware and software problems, and ensure compliance with all clinical regulatory agencies.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must possess a PhD degree in bioinformatics or related field.
Must have at least 2 years of documented hands-on experience with NGS assay development, validation, implementation, and troubleshooting.
Must have strong bioinformatics skills, documented programing experience. 
Must have extensive working experience with Linus/Unix environment, computing server administration, shell and Python/ or Perl scripting, API, R, C/C++, SQL, JavaScript.
Must be familiar with commonly-used databases and bioinformatics tools.
Excellent verbal and written English skills; strong work ethic, strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple projects, self-motivated, team worker, and current U.S. work authorization.
Ability to thrive in a fast paced team environment. 2-5 years of relevant work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior publication record for clinical assay development/validation, and experience in a CLIA/CAP accredited US clinical laboratory is preferred.



Physical Requirements


Probation Status

Subject to the regulations of the State of Kansas, the Board of Regents and the University of Kansas Medical Center, I understand and agree that I may be subject to a probation period and during the probation period I serve at the pleasure of the Executive Vice Chancellor of KUMC and my employment may be ended at any time during that period.

Hiring Range


EEO Statement

KU Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

Job Duties


Description of Job Duty

Coordinate and support all stages of the transition of new tests from development to tests release.

Description of Job Duty

Design and validate next-generation sequencing sample preparation methods, both by utilizing standard molecular biology processes and creating novel solution.

Description of Job Duty

Utilize automation and robotics to standardize the workflow.

Description of Job Duty

Assist the assistant director and genetic counselor in executing, conducting data analysis and reporting results.

Description of Job Duty

Interpret data, troubleshoots and recommends corrective actions for routine problems.

Description of Job Duty

Write standard operating procedures and technical reports.

Description of Job Duty

Communicate results in written and oral presentations.

Description of Job Duty

Train others on new skills and procedures.

Description of Job Duty

Manage scientific collaborations, contracted research and/or clinical trials.

Description of Job Duty

Work to maintain CLIA/CAP compliance.

Description of Job Duty

Other duties as assigned.

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