Postdoctoral position in computational metagenomics

  • Three-year, fully funded, full time position. Remote work.
  • Project is about the role of the gut metagenome and its relationship with human genome and environmental toxicants in the development and progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The postdoc will be involved in the analysis of shotgun metagenome sequences, along with genome-wide genotypes and clinical and exposure metadata that have already been collected on 1,000 individuals with PD and 600 neurologically healthy individuals.
  • The position is in the lab of Dr. Haydeh Payami at UAB. Payami lab is a member of a large research collaborative team, providing the postdoc excellent opportunities to network and collaborate with other research groups internationally.


  • Requirements: Ph.D. with minimum 3 years experience in the analysis of large human datasets using bioinformatics, statistical genetics, and/or metagenomic tools.
  • Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Payami at, with subject line “inquiry postdoc in computational metagenomics“.
  • To apply, email your CV and a cover letter to Dr. Payami ( with subject line “application postdoc in computational metagenomics“.

About our Postdoctoral Office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

About the University:

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

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