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Postdoctoral Fellow



Title Postdoctoral Fellow
School Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Department/Area Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Position Description

The Neafsey Lab at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to contribute to our research program in the evolutionary genomics of malaria biology and disease ( The successful candidate will work collaboratively with other group members to develop innovative empirical approaches for exploring the functional consequences of Plasmodium parasite polymorphisms that may contribute to drug resistance and/or immune evasion. Approaches may include but are not limited to CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing and transcriptomics (bulk and single cell). Our lab has a strong tradition of generating and analyzing large genomic datasets from malaria parasites and vector mosquitoes to understand mechanisms of disease evolution, transmission, population dynamics, drug resistance, immune evasion, and host-pathogen interactions. We are now looking to extend that work into the phenotypic realm to functionally validate parasite polymorphisms that may impact public health.

Ideal applicants will have a PhD in a relevant field, with strong background in molecular biology and/or molecular genetics, ideally in the context of malaria or other infectious diseases. The successful candidate will join a diverse group with expertise that spans molecular epidemiology, computational biology, and evolutionary genomics and transcriptomics. Applicants will be expected to develop a research program that is original but fits within the general priorities of the team, taking into account the relevant literature, own experience, and advice from other scientists.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in biology/molecular biology/molecular parasitology or equivalent. Strong molecular biology laboratory skills are essential, previous experience with in vitro culture and manipulation of Plasmodium or other eukaryotic parasites strongly desired.

Additional Qualifications

Additional experience in CRISPR/Cas9 and RNAseq would be advantageous. Candidates should demonstrate a track record of consistent publication, have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

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Please contact Professor Neafsey by email: with CV, letter of interest, and names of at least three references.

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

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