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New York Genome Center


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gürsoy Lab


New York, NY
ID: 686-105

About the Gürsoy Lab

Dr. Gamze Gürsoy’s research group develops computational and experimental tools to address many different questions in genomics such as 1) what are the forces and factors that determine the spatial organization of the genome?; 2) how does spatial organization of the genome influence phenotype?; and 3) can biological systems be used to securely and efficiently store, maintain, and access the information? The lab is physically located at the New York Genome Center, but the PI and trainees are also part of Department of Biomedical Informatics and Department of Computer Science as well as Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University.

Position Description

The Gürsoy Lab is looking for an innovative and motivated postdoctoral research associate with broad experience in molecular biology and biochemistry. The postdoctoral research associate will drive diverse projects in the field of 3D genomics and in other areas of functional genomics by developing and incorporating cutting-edge molecular and biochemical protocols. There is a great opportunity to learn and implement computational biology and bioinformatics tools and pipelines for the analysis and integration of various omics data. The postdoctoral research associate will be part of a highly diverse, multi-disciplinary team.

Position Requirements

  • D. in Molecular Biology, biochemistry, Bioengineering, or in a related area;
  • Familiarity with chromosome conformation capture techniques and/or CRISPR is preferred;
  • Excellent organization and communication skills are essential, along with a high degree of independence and flexibility required; and,
  • The ability and interest to interact with other members of the research group are required
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of modern molecular biology and/or chemistry tools strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, apply and trouble-shoot complex biochemical protocols;


  • Technical and Professional Skills: Consistently demonstrates skills and knowledge relevant for current role; strives to expand the depth and breadth of technical and professional skills; works with a high level of integrity; exhibits focus and discipline; appropriately prioritizes, manages expectations and delivers on commitments.
  • Collaborative & Communicative: Models collaboration and teamwork; brings out the best in others; effectively works with all levels, internally and externally; respects and embraces diversity of perspective; communicates clearly and listens carefully; uses good judgment as to what to communicate and when to do so.
  • Adaptable & Innovative: Adaptable and embraces change; develops new insights and pursues improvements and efficiency; fosters exchange of new ideas and willing to challenge the status quo; takes initiative and is solution-oriented; engages in work with passion and curiosity.

Work Flexibility

NYGC has established a flexible work policy to give employees and other staff more ability to balance their work, personal commitments, and commuting challenges. The incumbent in this position is eligible for a flexible work schedule with supervisory approval. 


The pay range for this position is $63,000 - 68,000 per year; the base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Separately, the NYGC offers a $1,500 per month taxable postdoctoral housing allowance ($18,000 per year), a full range of medical, financial, and other benefits, and generous time off.

About the New York Genome Center

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s), and cancer.

Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with twelve leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region and beyond, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.

Equal Opportunity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the core mission at the NYGC. We strive to create a workplace environment that is welcoming and fair to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or religion. We believe that when people of various backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives work together in an inclusive and equitable environment we gain new and valuable perspectives that otherwise would have been missed. Valuing and supporting all NYGC employees as individuals while helping them realize their full potential is critical to promoting greater collaboration, innovation, and discovery – fostering a sense of belonging for our greatest strength, our people. We recognize that there is still work to be done that will require sustained commitment from the entire organization.

The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, protected veteran or military status, domestic violence victim status, partnership status, caregiver status, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The New York Genome Center takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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